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Birth Certificates By Mail

Only those requesting a copy their own birth certificate or those requesting a birth certificate copy of a member of his/her immediate family may obtain a one.  Relationship must be stated (i.e., I wish to obtain a copy of my own birth certificate).  Mail requests are processed in 24 to 72 hours after receipt of your request.  YOU MUST INCLUDE A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT ID WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

Penalties:  Any person who willfully and knowingly makes a false application for a birth certificate is guilty of a Class I felony [a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment of not more than three years and six months, or both, per s.69.24(1). Wis. Stats.].  


To request a birth certificate by mail via a letter, please give the following information:
 

  • Relationship

  • Reason the certificate is needed.

  • Full name of person named on the record

  • Date of birth

  • City and county of birth

  • Parent's names, including mother's maiden name

  • Include a copy of an acceptable form of identification.    These are:

ONE of these:

·         Wisconsin driver’s license

·         Wisconin photo ID

·         Out-of-state driver’s license or photo ID card

OR

TWO of these:

·         Government-issued employee ID card or badge with photo

·         US passport

·         Check or bank book

·         Major credit card

·         Health insurance card

·         Recent dated, signed lease

·         Recent utility bill or traffic ticket

  • Be sure to sign and date the letter

The fee is $20 and additional copies of the same record issued at the same time are $3. Please include a business-sized, self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not send cash. We accept checks or money orders made payable to VITAL STATISTICS and addressed to:

Vital Statistics
841 North Broadway, Room 115
Milwaukee, WI  53202


To request a birth certificate by mail using our application:
 

  1. Download or open an application in PDF format by clicking here.  (If you have trouble opening this file, click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.) 

  2. Include a copy of your identification (see above).

  3. Fill out the application and send it to the address listed below per instructions on the form.

Vital Statistics
841 North Broadway, Room 115
Milwaukee, WI  53202