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Birth/Death Certificates - Obtain In Person

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.]. 


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.  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.

  • Using your credit card or debit card:  In response to customer requests, both debit cards and credit cards can be used to purchase a birth certificate.  Your card must have a VISA or Mastercard logo on it.  Certificates are obtained immediately.

  • You will need to bring an acceptable form of identification with you.   These are:

ONE of these:

- Wisconsin driver’s license

- Wisconsin 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