Ideally, a person should always have a copy of his or her birth record. This is because aside from the fact that this is the first public document that a person would encounter regarding him or her in life, birth records are some of the most important records in the life of a human being as they establish the identity of a person. This ideal situation, however, is often challenged by the more mobile lifestyle that most people are used to nowadays. It is not impossible for records to be lost when a person moved, but luckily, Wisconsin Birth Records, as with all records, are now easy to obtain through a number of government and non-government sources.
Birth records are vital records and as such, the people who could request them are limited to the person named in the record or a close relative of the same. Even then, identification card would be required. This security is placed in an attempt to place a check against a number of crimes that involved birth records and other vital records such as identity theft.
The Department of Health is the primary state level agency in the state of Wisconsin that has the responsibility of issuing birth records to people who would request for the same. The department has records from earlier than 1857, but note that these records are scattered while records from before the year 1907 are so incomplete. It is suggested that if the records that are being searched for refers to a birth that happened before 1907, the search should be taken either to the state archives or the office of the local issuing authority of the county where the birth occurred. Of the two, a search at the state archives is suggested as the records there are more complete.
A request for birth records at the state level in Wisconsin begins with the searcher downloading the relevant application form and completing the same. The other requirements when requesting for a birth record would be a copy of a government issued identification card with the signature of the searcher and a money order or personal check to answer for the required fee which is twenty dollars for the initial copy plus three dollars for every additional copy requested at the same time. Once the form has been downloaded, the searcher should fill them up as accurately as possible with special attention paid to the part where the form would request the searcher to fill up his relation to the person named in the record if the record being requested for is not for his birth. Once completed, all requirements must be placed at one envelope before sent by mail to the department for processing.
There are also a number of online databases that provide the same records as government offices and databases despite not being affiliated with the same. These databases provide their records at a faster and more efficient manner, and some do not even charge anything for the use of their information. As with all internet searches, searches using these databases could be done from the home of the searcher.
Birth Records Wisconsin
Follow the procedure below when requesting for birth records at the state level