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Wisconsin Birth/Death Certificates - Obtain In Person

We are now able to issue ALL Wisconsin birth certificates, no matter what city you were born in.  

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 if needed for the determination or protection of personal or property rights.   If you are requesting a sibling's certificate, the parent's must be the same and they must have been married at the time of the birth.    Please call us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Death certificates:   Only members of the decedent's immediate family may obtain certified copies of death certificates; i.e. spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, grandparent, authorized legal representative, or if needed for the determination of personal or property rights.   Uncertified death certificates usually do not include a cause of death.

You will need to show a current unexpired 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.].   

Our counter hours are 8-4, Monday through Friday.    Or call us at 286-3503 for assistance.    

Due to the restricted size of our lobby and social distancing requirements, our office will be asking that ONLY the applicant come into our lobby and apply for certificates, when possible.    All others will be asked to remain in the hallway or outside the building.       


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 4:00PM, accepting applications ONLY until 4:00PM.  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.

  • 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:

- current Wisconsin driver’s license

- current Wisconsin photo ID

- current 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

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