The Wisconsin Vital Records Office of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services maintains and issues the records of deaths that occur in the state of Wisconsin. The Vital Records Office maintains death records of 1907-present. In Wisconsin, you can request for a person’s death record if you’re an immediate family member of the deceased or are someone with a tangible interest in the record. Generally, Wisconsin Death Records include the name of the deceased, the date and place of death, the name of the deceased’s spouse, names of the deceased’s parents, the cause of death, and the place of burial.
Prior to 1907, deaths in Wisconsin were recorded in the county where they occurred. In 1907, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services took over the responsibility and ever since then it has been recording deaths that occur in Wisconsin. Provided you’re eligible, you can request for and obtain the death you need in three different ways including in person, by mail and online. Following is how you can obtain the death record you need through each method.
The first way to make a request for and obtain the death record you need is in person. To make an in person request for the death record you need, visit the local Department of Health Services office, complete and submit the Death Certificate Application, present a copy of your valid photo ID and pay the $20 fee. In- person requests for Wisconsin Death Records take about two hours to process.
The second way to make a request for and obtain Wisconsin Death Records is by mail. To request the death record you need by mail, complete and mail the aforementioned application along with a copy of your valid photo ID, a self addressed envelope and a pay order or check for the fee to:
Death Record Application
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53701-0309
Generally, mail requests for death records are processed within five days after the request is received.
The final and most convenient way of making a request for and obtaining the death record you need is online. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has partnered with VitalCheck, an independent company, to make death records available online. To make an online request for the death record you need, visit the website of VitalCheck, follow the instructions given there, and pay the required fee. Just like the mail requests, online requests for Wisconsin Death Records take five days to process.
Another way to make a request for and obtain the death record you need is online through public databases. To find out more about the availability of death records in Wisconsin, call the Wisconsin Department of Health Services at 608-266-1865.