Vital Records Services


This is the official State of Wisconsin Vital Records website.
The Wisconsin Vital Records Office is responsible for filing, preserving, protecting, changing, and issuing copies of birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, and records of declaration of domestic partnership and termination of domestic partnership for events that occur in Wisconsin. This site provides information on obtaining copies of vital records, searching our records in person, and other available services.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Regarding third-party vendors selling vital records

We have received an increased number of calls about third-party vendors selling birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates. These companies charge customers high fees to "process" or "help apply" for certificates issued from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office.

To avoid high fees when ordering online, we highly encourage customers to double check the URL of the site you are on to ensure that you are ordering through our contracted vendor VitalChek.


Effective January 2, 2020, same day service for walk-in customers will be provided between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Walk-in requests received after 3:30 p.m. will be processed the next business day.

Order Online from VitalChekWisconsin Vital Records does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service: VitalChek Network Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa®.

Notice Regarding Two-Parent Birth Certificates for Married Same-Sex Couples Who Conceived by Artificial Insemination (PDF)

For more information, select a topic on the left sidebar or choose a quick link below.

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Request a Record

Find out how to apply for a copy of a vital record.

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Amend a Record

Learn how to amend a vital record.

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Genealogy Research

Research your family background.

Office Closure Dates

The Wisconsin Vital Records Office will be closed on the days shown below for 2020:

January 1, Wednesday, New Year's Day

January 20, Monday, Martin Luther King Day

May 25, Monday, Memorial Day

September 7, Monday, Labor Day

November 26, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day

December 24, Thursday, Christmas Eve Day

December 25, Friday, Christmas Day

December 31, Thursday, New Year's Eve Day


Last Revised: December 26, 2019