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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|Child Support Payments |
Search this database of child support payments in Wisconsin by SSN/DOB to access payment information.
|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 |
Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (WCCA) statewide or by county. Search civil, criminal, traffic, family, probate, tax warrant, unemployment compensation, or workers compensation court cases.
|Criminal Histories Pay Site|
Search this Wisconsin Crime Information Bureau repository of arrests and convictions from 1971 to present. Search requires fee, name and date of birth.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium database of Wisconsin criminal records statewide. Includes: statewide county court felony and misdemeanor records; Department of Corrections records of current inmates and offenders on parole; registered offenders; and Menominee Indian Tribe registered offenders.
|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.
|Registered Offenders |
Wisconsin Department of Corrections Megans Law Offender Registry. Search by name, location, or map.
|State Directory |
Search for Wisconsin State agencies, employees, phone numbers and email addresses.
|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.
|Wisconsin State Portal |
Use this official portal to the state of Wisconsin to access services from state agencies.
|Births, Deaths, Marriages before 1907 |
Wisconsin Historical Society genealogy index of births, marriages, and deaths recorded before 1907. Search is free, but there is a charge for certificate copies.
|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.
|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
|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.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Wisconsin instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Historical Photographs |
Wisconsin Historical Society database of historical photographs by keyword. Fascinating insight into Wisconsin's past.
Wisconsin State Legislature Statutes, Acts, Bills, Resolutions, and Administrative Code.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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 Census 1885 |
Search 407,000 1885 Wisconsin State Census records. Includes the Wisconsin soldier and sailors schedule.
|Voter Records |
Check voter registration in Wisconsin by name and date of birth or address.
|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.