Wisconsin Birth Records Search

Wisconsin’s Vital Records Office is responsible for collecting, storing, maintaining and issuing birth records for the state. The state began keeping Wisconsin birth records in 1907.

Wisconsin birth records are private, and only the following people can get a copy of yours: you, if you are a legal adult, your parents, your spouse, children, grandparents, grandchildren and a legal representative.

You must also prove your identity when applying for a certificate. You can use one of the following forms of acceptable photo ID: state-issued driver’s license, government-issued photo ID, military ID, passport and a Tribal ID.

If you cannot supply one of the above, you will have to produce two of the following forms of secondary ID:

  • Bank statement.
  • Paycheck.
  • Current lease agreement.
  • Health insurance card.
  • Car registration.
  • Utility bill with your address on it.
  • Traffic ticket.

Types of Wisconsin Birth Records

Wisconsin offers two types of birth certificates for you to purchase.

  • Certified Copy - a certified copy is a legal document that you can use to verify your identity. It is useful when applying for school or the military or getting a driver’s license or passport. A certified copy is printed on special security paper with a raised seal.
  • Non-Certified Copy - a non-certified copy is printed on plain paper with no seal and cannot be used to verify your identity. It is for informational purposes only.

You may also choose a long or short form certificate when ordering. The long form will have more birth details on it.

Wisconsin Population

Wisconsin’s current population is estimated at 5.82 million extrapolated from figures taken during the last census in 2010.

Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state in America with 65,497.82 square miles of surface area. Although quite large, Wisconsin has only 39.6 people living per square mile.

With an annual growth rate of 0.35%, Wisconsin is ranked the 39th fastest growing state in the country.

Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s largest city with over 600,000 people calling it home.

Wisconsin became a state on May 29, 1848.

State Population
1 birth every 474 seconds

1 death every 711 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Wisconsin. The total population of Wisconsin is estimated at 5,772,917 people with 2,871,016 male and 2,901,901 female. There are 30,885 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.27% of the total population.

The Wisconsin Gender Ratio is 99 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.99. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Wisconsin Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 11.35 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 66,615 total births — the lowest in Wisconsin history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 66,615, 1.69% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Wisconsin

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Wisconsin Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Wisconsin
Oregon - 11.05Montana - 11.45
Florida - 10.28District Of Columbia - 14.47
Pennsylvania - 10.51Alabama - 12.25
Massachusetts - 9.74New Mexico - 11.82
New Hampshire - 9.11Oklahoma - 13.53

Top 5 Counties in Wisconsin with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Wisconsin with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Wisconsin with the highest birth rate
Washington County - 9.91Milwaukee County - 14.35
Waukesha County - 10.06Brown County - 12.81
La Crosse County - 10.06Outagamie County - 12.57
Fond Du Lac County - 10.09Racine County - 12.39
Sheboygan County - 10.89Rock County - 12.39

Wisconsin Fertility Rate

In Wisconsin the fertility rate based on historical data went from 61.81 to 60.51 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 61.59 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 28.02 to 28.95.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Wisconsin are Marathon - 69.49, Racine - 69.05 and Rock - 66.61. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Outagamie County66.47
Milwaukee County66.13
Brown County66.13
Sheboygan County63.73
Washington County59.43
Waukesha County58.92
Kenosha County58.63
Winnebago County57.47
Dane County51.05
Walworth County50.14
La Crosse County45.71

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Wisconsin Birth Certificate

You may get your copy directly from the Wisconsin Vital Records office or any county Register of Deeds office.

You may order a Wisconsin birth record search through the mail, online or in person. If you plan on visiting the Vital Records Office, you can go there any weekday between 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. at this location: Wisconsin Vital Records Office, 1 West Wilson Street, Room 160, Madison, WI 53703

Processing time may take up to two full hours, so be prepared to wait. Mail-in requests take about five days.

Wisconsin charges $20 for the first Wisconsin birth record search and certificate and $3 for each additional search. You may pay with cash, check or money order.

You may also use the VitalChek system to order your certificate online or by phone. Additional charges may apply when using this system.

Wisconsin Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $20.00
Organization: WI Vital Records Office
Address:1 West Wilson Street; P.O. Box 309, Madison, WI 53701-0309
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Wisconsin Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.