Birth/Death Certificates -
Birth certificates: You are only able to obtain a copy of your own birth certifcate or that of an immediate family member; i.e. spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, grandchild or needed for the determination or protection of personal or property rights.
Death certificates: Only members of the decedent's immediate family may obtain certified copies of death certificates; i.e. spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, grandchild, authorized legal representative, or needed for the determination of personal or property rights.
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, 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 the person named on the certificate or a legal representative may obtain certified copies.
An immediate family member is a spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, child or grandparent. To be able to obtain a birth certificate for your sister or brother, the record must be a public record.
A father cannot obtain his child's birth certificate unless he is listed as the father on the birth certificate.
Birth certificates are $20 for one and $3 for each additional copy that is issued at the same time on the same record. Death certificates are $20 for one and $3 for each additional copy that is issued at the same time on the same record.
For death certificates: Only an immediate family member (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent), a person with written and notarized permission from an immediate family member, or a legal representative may obtain certified copies.
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