What You Can Do:
The Wisconsin Vital Records Office is responsible for filing, preserving, protecting, changing, and issuing copies of Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records for events that occur in Wisconsin. Wisconsin law requires that applications for copies of the said certificates include both a signature and the appropriate fees. Application for a copy of these files can be done in three ways: in person, by mail or fax. The cost for the search, which includes one copy of the requested certificate, if found, is $20.00. Additional copies of the same record costs $3.00 each. Acceptable methods of payment for in-person requests are cash, personal check, or money order. Requests are completed within two hours for walk-in, one to three months for mail, and five business days for fax applications.
For Criminal Records, the Crime Information Bureau (CIB), part of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement Services is the right office to look up to. CIB operates, manages and disseminates information from Wisconsin’s Criminal History Repository. To request a criminal background check appropriate forms must be completely filled out and accompanied by a service fee of $18 per search. The office can provide to the public adult criminal history data and does not disclose juvenile information unless statutorily authorized. CIB will accept online and paper requests either by mail or fax. All requests will be returned by mail. Fax requests must provide CIB with a supply of self-addressed, stamped return envelopes. Processing time takes 10 business days.