In Wisconsin, death records are managed by the state’s Department of Health Services. These records may only be order by the deceased’s spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, or grandparent. You can also request records online by visiting a website which will provide them to you for a fee.
ID Required for WI Death Records
All requests for a death record must be accompanied by an accepted form of ID, such as:
• Wisconsin Driver’s License (with photo)
• Wisconsin State ID (with photo)
• Out-of-State Driver’s License (with photo)
You also have the option of using two of the following forms of ID if you wish:
• Government-issued employee ID Badge (with photo)
• U.S. Passport
• Major Credit Card
• Health Insurance Card
• Utility Bill
• Traffic Ticket
• Recently Signed Lease
Fee to Order Wisconsin Death Records
The cost to search for a death record is $20.00. This amount is non-refundable if the requested information cannot be located. Additional copies of the same record are $3.00 each for orders placed at the same time.
Request a WI Death Record in Person
You can place an order in person by going to the Vital Records Office located at:
1 West Wilson Street
Counter service is available from 8:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m Central Standard Time, Monday-Friday (except for legal holidays).
Regular and expedited service is available for orders placed in person. Regular orders for certified copies of death records are filled within two hours of acceptance if they are received before 2:00 p.m. Orders accepted after 2:00 p.m. will be filled by 10:00 .a.m. the next business day. If you request an uncertified copy of a death record, your request may take up to three months to complete.
Order a Wisconsin Death Record by Mail
If you would like to place your order by mail, send it to:
Wisconsin Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53701-0309
Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and the applicable fee with your request. You will also need to provide a photocopy of your ID in order for your request to be processed.
Requests for certified copies of death records are processed within 30 days. Orders for uncertified copies of death records will take up to 90 days to complete. No expedited service is available for orders placed by mail.
Order a WI Death Record by Fax
Expedited services for death record orders is available for fax orders. The document may be forwarded to you by regular mail or United Parcel Service (UPS) overnight delivery. All requests received in this manner are subject to an expedited fee of $20.00 in addition to the standard search fee. This amount must be paid by credit card, and a $6.00 credit card processing fee will be added to the order.
You can place an order for a Wisconsin death record through a website which can access the requested information from an online database.