Wisconsin Public Records
The Wisconsin Public Records Law, found in Chapter 19.21 of the Wisconsin Code of Statutes, entitles the public to access to public records. Examples include written or typed pages, charts, maps, optical disks, photographs, films, recordings, tapes, and computer printouts.
Exceptions include: personally identifiable information that would endanger the life of an individual, or the security of the population; records of active investigations; trade secrets; computer programs; personnel records; plans for state buildings; and personal financial information.
On this page you’ll find the statewide resources most commonly requested by researchers. For other databases, such as those in Wisconsin cities and counties, use the side tools on the left.
- Court System - The Wisconsin court system has four levels. At the first level are Municipal Courts, which handle traffic & ordinance violations, juvenile offenses. At the second are Circuit Courts, which have original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal matters, including misdemeanor, felony, probate, juvenile, traffic, and small claims matters. Third is the Court of Appeals, which reviews decisions by the lower courts. Fourth is the Supreme Court, which has discretion to determine which appeals it will hear. It may also hear original cases not brought before a lower court. Wisconsin Court Records
- Criminal Records - Infractions and violations are handled by Municipal Courts, while misdemeanors and felonies are handled by Circuit Courts. For statewide Circuit Court criminal records, inmates, and other records, go to our Wisconsin Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – If you wish to order birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates, write to: Wisconsin Division of Health, Vital Records, 1 West Wilson Street, Rm 158, P.O. Box 309, Madison, WI 53701, (608) 266-1371, Fax: (608) 255-2035. Visit our Vital Records page to find statewide historical birth indexes, birth records from available counties; the Social Security Death Index for Wisconsin, historical statewide death & burial databases; death records, cemetery indexes & obituaries from available cities & counties; historical statewide marriages, marriage databases from available cities & counties; and links to statewide Circuit Court divorce databases.
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|Wisconsin State Portal |
Use this official portal to the state of Wisconsin to access services from state agencies.
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|Birth Records 1850-1907 |
Use this fee-based Wisconsin Historical Society service to obtain copies of Wisconsin Birth Records from the period 1850-1907. Certificates are mailed, but abstracts are available online.
|Buildings and Sites |
Search for building and sites in Wisconsin by county, locality, and building description or select from regions on a state map to view listings of buildings and sites.
|Campaign Finance |
Search contributions to ALL Wisconsin candidates for an individual contributor, a specific employer, or all contributors from a specific city. View the contributions and expenditures by a SPECIFIC candidate.
|Census - State 1885 |
Search 1885 Wisconsin State Census records. Includes the Wisconsin soldier and sailors schedule.
|Child Support Payments |
Search this database of child support payments in Wisconsin by SSN/DOB to access payment information.
|Civil War Records |
Search the Wisconsin Historical Society service for Wisconsin Civil War Service Records (Wisconsin Adjutant General's Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls). Images of the located records are available for a fee
|Company Search | Corporations, LLCs, LPs, Cooperatives |
Search the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions by name, status, type, or registration date for foreign and domestic profit and nonprofit registered corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, cooperative associations, and name reservations.
|Court Records - Circuit Court Access |
Search Wisconsin statewide or by county for civil, criminal, traffic, family, probate, tax warrant, unemployment compensation, or workers compensation court cases.
|Court Records - Circuit Court Case Reports |
Search statewide or by county in Wisconsin for the following reports: Attorney Calendar; Civil Judgment Events; Court Official Calendar; Criminal Summary; Docketed Judgments by Docket Date; Docketed Judgments by Judgment Date; and Issuing Agency Calendar
|Criminal Histories Pay Site|
Search Wisconsin statewide criminal histories or search our nationwide database of over 450 million records. Instant results.
|Criminal Histories |
Search this Wisconsin Crime Information Bureau repository of arrests and convictions from 1971 to present. Search requires fee, name and date of birth.
|Death Records 1850-1907 |
Use this fee-based Wisconsin Historical Society service to obtain copies of Wisconsin Death Records from the period 1850-1907. Certificates are mailed, but abstracts are available online.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Wisconsin for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Farm Subsidies |
Search the EWG Farm Subsidy Database in Wisconsin for Farm Subsidies Statewide by name, or list by county, city, or zip code.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Wisconsin instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Inmates / Offenders |
Click on Wisconsin to search for offenders and inmates in Wisconsin by facility, name, DOB or age range.
|Land Patent Records |
Wisconsin Land Patent records (transfer of public lands to private ownership). U.S. Bureau of Land Management database.
Search the Wisconsin State Legislature for Acts, Bills, and Resolutions by House, proposal type, proposal number, and/or legislative session.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical, and Business |
Search free Wisconsin license verification databases, including physicians, nurses, dentists, marriage and family therapists, accountants, real estate brokers, contractors, automobile dealers, and many more.
|Marriage Records 1836-1907 |
Use this fee-based Wisconsin Historical Society service to obtain copies of Wisconsin Marriage Records from the period 1836-1907. Certificates are mailed, but abstracts are available online.
|Minority Businesses |
Search this Wisconsin Departmnet of Administration database for certified minority businesses by Keyword, Vendor Name, Commodity Description, to view detailed contact information.
|Missing Children (missingkids) |
Browse this listing of missing children in Wisconsin to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person #, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Obituaries & Biographies |
Search the Wisconsin Historical Society Digital Library and Archives for "obituaries, personal sketches, and other short biographies of Wisconsin people." Search offered at no charge, but details require a fee.
|Photos - Historical |
Search this Wisconsin Historical Society database of historical photographs by keyword or browse for recent addtions. An advanced search feature is available.
|Physicians - Wisconsin Medical Society |
Search the Wisconsin Medical Society physician directory by name, clinic, city, county, specialty and/or gender to view corresponding info and phone, with link to members' profiles.
|Pollution Prevention |
Search for pollution prevention and waste reduction related information in Wisconsin to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
|Public Service Commission Docket |
Search the Wisconsin Public Service Commission case docket by docket ID #, located at bottom of page. Provides link to further detailed case information.
Search for Realtors in Wisconsin first/last name, company, city and/or designation to view corresponding info, phone, fax, e-mail, specialties and other details.
|Registered Offenders |
Wisconsin Department of Corrections Megans Law Offender Registry. Search by name, location, or map.
|Regulated Industries |
Search this Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions database of all regulated industries by keyword. Provides business name and address.
|Southeast Wisconsin Maps |
Search this interactive regional map of Southeast Wisconsin to view map layers including land use, property boundaries, soil mapping units and orthophotography.
|State Directory |
Search for Wisconsin State agencies, employees, phone numbers and email addresses.
|Traffic Accident Reports |
Use this TRACview service to purchase a traffic accident report if you were involved in an accident in Wisconsin. Accounts are available for insurance companies. Law enforcement agencies can apply for free accounts.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search for unclaimed property in the state of Wisconsin by last name or business. Gives address, city and property number. Also allows you to submit a claim if there is property on the site that you believe to be yours.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions UCC database. Search by debtor individual or business name, or by filing number. Document copies are available for a fee.
|Workers Compensation |
Provides workers comp information, news, facts, and contact information for employees, employers, insurers, and medical providers in Wisconsin. Find rules, statutes, forms, and professional help relating to workplace injuries and disabilities.