Birth/Death Certificates -
In the case of birth certificates, 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. For death certificates, only members of the decedent's immediate family may obtain certified copies of death certificates. You will need to show a current ID when requesting a certificate.
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.].
The Vital Statistics office will be closed on Wednesday, December 24th, Thursday, December 25th, Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st, for the Christmas and New Years holidays.
To Obtain a Certificate in Person, go to:
City of Milwaukee Health Department - Vital Statistics
Zeidler Municipal Building
841 North Broadway, Room 115
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Fax: (414) 286-2036
Telephone: (414) 286-3503
Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM, accepting applications until 4:15 PM. A short application will need to be completed.
For birth certificates: Only the person named on the record, an immediate family member, a person with written and notarized permission from persons named on the certificate or a legal representative may obtain certified copies. Birth certificates are $20 for one and $3 for each addition that is issued at the same time on the same record.
For death certificates: Only an immediate family member, a person with written and notarized permission from an immediate family member, and a legal representative may obtain certified copies. Death certificates are $20 for one and $3 for each additional that is issued at the same time on the same record.
ONE of these:
- Wisconsin driver’s license
- Wisconsin photo ID
- Out-of-state driver’s license or photo ID card
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