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When you're requesting vital records from a state, you first need to know what the state's rules are since the requirements vary from state to state. Some have more restrictions or rules than others. Wisconsin divorce records need an application that includes a fee and a signature, so you can't apply online or phone in your request. You must download an application, fill it out and mail it with the appropriate fee(s) to:
Wisconsin Vital Records
1 West Wilson St., Room 158
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53701
Free public divorce records are available in some states, but it requires that you perform the search yourself, and that can be very time consuming and tedious. If you request a Wisconsin divorce record from the state, you must have the proper identification which is a copy of a photo ID. Besides photo identification, you must also present a major credit card, health insurance card, recently signed lease or a utility bill or traffic ticket. The fee for a state-conducted search is $20 and you should add $3 for each extra copy. Fees are non-refundable, even if the search finds nothing. If the divorce you’re searching for occurred before 1907, the vital records department won’t have the record on file.
Another way to search for a Wisconsin divorce record is to enlist the services of an online, fee-based search site. These sites are much easier, the fee is reasonable and you'll likely receive a copy of the divorce decree within minutes after requesting the search. These sites usually have huge databases and powerful search engines that can plow through thousands of records and extract the exact information you need. It will be presented to you in a report that you can understand and will usually contain even more information than requested. Also, your identity is kept confidential, unlike a state-conducted search that requires your signature and the reason for the search. Whether you're checking a prospective employee's background or snooping into the background of someone you suspect is lying to you – the search can reveal information that may be very valuable to you and your family or business.
All you need to do is choose a reputable online search service, fill out some information about the Wisconsin divorce records you're requesting (such as the names of the persons listed on the decree) and click on the "Begin Search" button. If the search doesn't find what you're looking for, there is no charge for the service. Click on the button now to find out more about how you can receive information about a Wisconsin divorce record.