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Vital Records Now Easier to Obtain

It will be easier to get a copy of your marriage certificate next year. Beginning Jan. 2, individuals married in Wisconsin will be able to go to any Wisconsin register of deeds office to obtain their marriage certificate. Statewide issuance provides an easier and more efficient method of serving county residents by providing better access to Wisconsin vital records. 

Register of deeds offices are able to issue birth certificates from all Wisconsin counties. Certificates of death are available statewide for deaths occurring on or after Sept. 1, 2013. Certificates of divorce are available statewide for divorces occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2016.

Carey Petersilka, Door County register of deeds, said that although not all vital records are eligible for statewide issuance, the State Vital Records Office continues to work with register of deeds offices to add or update specific vital records on demand, with the goal of having all eligible records available.