About Searching

The Dane County Vital Records office contains records available to the public age 18 and over who agree to the State of Wisconsin Administrative Code Conditions for Users of Vital Records Area (DHS 142.07) and can provide a valid photo ID. People who wish to view records must fill out a searching form and provide names and dates of the records they wish to view.

Genealogy Application

Appointments are strongly encouraged and are scheduled for 2 hour time slots Monday thru Thursday from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM or 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Please call 608-267-8810 to set that up. Space is limited.

There is no fee to search the following records

  • Birth 1907-1995
  • Marriage 1907-2015
  • Death 1907-2013

There is a $20 fee to search the following records

  • Birth 1995-present
  • Marriage 2015-present
  • Death 2013-present
  • Divorce 2016-present
  • Birth records from another county in Wisconsin

If you are unable to come in person to our office, you may submit the standard application from the main page with a $20 search fee and we will look up the record for you and mail you an uncertified copy of the record if we find it.

Wisconsin Historical Society Online Records

The Wisconsin Historical Society has world-class collections containing a range of artifacts and information about American history. North American genealogy and Wisconsin history are particular collection strengths. For more information, you may visit their website here.

Obtaining Copies

You may purchase uncertified copies of any public record in the Vital Records section, whether or not you are related to the person/people on the record. For fee information, or to learn how to obtain certified copies of these records, please click here.

Registered Genealogists

Although we are happy to show you how to search records in our office when you visit, we do not have the staff resources available to help you perform extensive genealogical research. However, there are a number of individuals in the area who are familiar with searching records in the State Historical Society Archives and in several local Register of Deeds offices. Please feel free to contact any of the genealogists listed below:

Kristi Chlebowski
Register of Deeds

Office Address

City County Building Room 110 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Madison, WI 53703

Office Hours

Mon - Fri
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM

Real Estate
Search Line

(608) 266-4144
8:00-11:30 AM
1:30-3:30 PM

Vital Records

(608) 266-4142

General Information

(608) 266-4141


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Office Fax

(608) 267-3110

Mailing Address

PO Box 1438 Madison, WI 53701-1438
Vital Records will not be issued after 4:15 Public searching will not be allowed after 4:15 PM