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License Division Newsletter

Each quarter, our staff put together all the most helpful content and deliver it right to your inbox! To sign up, select "License Division News" at

Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Latest Issue! Winter 2017


Licensed Premises Pivot Program

Trying to start a new business? Want to make sense of regulations? Our new Pivot Program brings the experts to you for lively discussions and one-on-one problem-solving.


Clerk Notes Instructional Video Series

The License Division's new instructional video series brings the knowledge and expertise of our staff right to your fingertips.


What's New

License and Permit Applications

A listing of all licenses and permits administered by the License Division, along with accompanying documents.


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We offer a number of services to help make your licensing process easy and convenient.

What's New

Additional Information

Access all forms and applications used by the License Division, as well as information regarding many of the licenses issued.

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Issued by Other City Departments

Follow the links below for more information on other City licenses or permits.


Fingerprinting Requirements

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) is required to conduct an investigation of the criminal history of applicants for certain new and renewal licenses and permits.

Applicants previously fingerprinted by the MPD can contact the MPD at (414) 935-7281 to determine whether their fingerprints are still on file. 

All applicants whose fingerprints are not already on file with the Milwaukee Police Department must report to the Police Administration Building at the following address and times in order to be fingerprinted:

Police Administration Building, Room 305

951 James Lovell St.
Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Customer Service Survey

Please take a minute to complete our online customer service survey. Your comments will help us to monitor our customer service and find out how we can improve our licensing services. We appreciate your time and feedback.

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Contact Us

City Clerk -
License Division

City Hall Room 105
200 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Ph: (414) 286-2238

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