Since Wisconsin is an ‘open records’ state, police records are open to the public. Some Wisconsin police records, such as those that are sealed, juvenile and expunged records won’t be available because of privacy issues, but it’s possible to find information about a person who may have committed a crime in Wisconsin. Employers, landlords and those who might otherwise need background data are usually registered users who might request numerous records at once. If you only need to look for a record on a one-time basis, you can pay an $18 fee (by mail). Send the fee and a complete request form, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the following address:
Records Check Unit
P.O. Box 2688
Madison, Wisconsin 53701
Phone: (608) 266-3212
It may take as long as seven to ten days to receive a response and you pay the fee even if a record isn’t found. The report will include a section titled, “Notice to employers,” that teaches how to read and understand the report, since much of it could be complicated, legal data. Even though every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the results, the very nature of states’ records may not be as accurate as you’d like.