Wisconsin Public Records
Understanding the availability of public records in the state of Wisconsin and how to access them is very important. Read on to learn more about what information is available and how you can access them.
Public records in the State of Wisconsin are available through the Wisconsin Public Records Law or precisely Wis. Stats. 19.31– 19.39. This law permits the citizens of Wisconsin access to all public records related to the running of the Wisconsin government business. This includes all public records of any employee or any elected official who is working for any Wisconsin government body. You may gain access to these records by making a request to the Office of Open Government, Wisconsin Department of Justice in Madison, Wisconsin, via mail,
The law does not grant access to information related to other documents of non-governmental individual or criminal activity of any person.
Wisconsin Criminal Records
You can access criminal records, such as arrest records and jail and inmate records by addressing your request to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. If you want to obtain information about the criminal history an individual arrested, adjudicated and charged in Wisconsin, you must make your request to the Criminal Records Unit of the state’s Department of Justice.
Background checks that utilize The Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Information Bureau (CIB) has the responsibility to maintain criminal history records that local law enforcement agencies have submitted. To determine whether there is a criminal history for an individual residing in the Wisconsin, a full set of fingerprints and a Criminal History Challenge Form hat has been filled will be required.
The Offender Locator portal contains information about inmates within the DOC (Wisconsin Department of Corrections). The portal allows you to access information about the inmate status of any person throughout the entire system. To enter the portal, you must at least enter the offender’s last name.
Wisconsin Court Records
The Wisconsin Court System Circuit Court Access portal contains all the public records of the state’s Circuit Courts about a criminal defendant. You can access all these records online through the portal. You can also access some confidential records, such as those of child protection, juvenile delinquency, civil commitments, guardianship, adoption, and termination of parental rights through the portal.
The availability of court records depends entirely on the county where the court case was heard because access to the system and back loading of the older cases vary from one county to another.
Wisconsin Vital Records
You can access Wisconsin Vital Records, such as death, birth, marriage, divorce and domestic partnership through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Vital Records Service. Applicable fee and a written application are required to perform a search for any of these records.
- Birth records: Birth records in Wisconsin are divided into two categories. The first category comprises of those records before 1907 and the second category comprises of records from 1907 to present. While most birth records date back to 1870s, there are some Wisconsin counties that started keeping birth records in 1850s. Pre-1907 birth records are available at the Wisconsin Vital Records Office. This is also where you can get copies of birth records from 1907 to the present.
- Death records: The state of Wisconsin organizes death records into two categories. The first category comprises of records prior to 1975 and the second category comprises of records from 1907 to present. The Wisconsin Family Library keeps accurate birth records from 1870s. However, some counties began registering births in the early 1850s. All the existing death records are available at the Wisconsin Family History Library and the Wisconsin Vital Records Office.
- Marriage records: Marriage records in the state of Wisconsin are also divided into two categories, including early-1907 and 1907 to present. Statewide registration of marriages in Wisconsin began in 1907, but individual counties had been recording marriages in earlier years. You can obtain marriage records from the Wisconsin Vital Records. You can also request for them from the Registrar of Deeds in the county where the event took place.
- Divorce records: Divorce records also exist in two categories: Early-1907 and 1907 to present. Most copies of pre-1907 divorce records are available at the Family History Library. Divorce records from 1907 to present are available at the Wisconsin Vital Records.
When you understand the accessibility of public records in the state of Wisconsin and the procedure to follow to access information, you will be able to obtain any record that you are looking for.
Wisconsin State Court System
Understanding how the system of Wisconsin state court works is very important as it helps you find court records easily.
Wisconsin Courts Overview
With the basic understanding of the organization of Wisconsin state court system and how it works, it will be easier for you to find the court files and records you are looking for. To make your work easier, start searching for court records in Wisconsin by simply going to courts by county.
The trial court system of Wisconsin State consists of Municipal Courts and Circuit Courts.
Wisconsin Circuit Courts have original jurisdiction over all types of Criminal and civil cases. However, Circuit Courts usually handle only those cases that are beyond the jurisdiction limit of Municipal Courts. Circuit Courts also have unlimited jurisdiction over all jury trials.
Wisconsin Circuit Courts have limited jurisdiction over all types of criminal cases. Typically, Circuit Courts do not actually handle ordinance violations that are within a Municipal Court jurisdiction.
Civil cases generally heard by Wisconsin Circuit Courts include most juvenile cases, probate matters, domestic relations, civil equity cases, and general civil claims.
Wisconsin Municipal Courts have limited jurisdiction over majority of ordinance violations. Typical cases that Municipal Courts handle include ordinance violations, traffic violations, and non-jury trials particularly for first offense drunk driving.
Wisconsin Municipal Courts also handle certain types of juvenile cases, including alcohol violations, truancy, curfew violations, and drug offenses. Municipal Courts have no jurisdiction over jury trials. They don’t offer jury trials. If the proper request is made and granted, the case can be transferred to Wisconsin Circuit Courts. A Municipal Court doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear cases requesting equitable relief.
Circuit Courts hear ordinance violations in the areas where Municipal Courts are not available.
The State of Wisconsin is currently in the process of expanding its trial court system. It is actually developing special or “problem solving” court programs within its Circuit Courts. These specialized court programs are developed to handle some types of cases. They include offender reentry courts, domestic violence courts, specialized juvenile courts, mental health treatment courts, and drug treatment courts. All these court programs operate as “problem solving” or specialized court programs of Circuit Courts.
The State of Wisconsin is also considering establishing some divisions within the Municipal Courts. ?Every division must have its jurisdiction, which can be shared with Municipal Courts.
Currently, the files of cases exist in Circuit Courts and Municipal Courts.
The Official Website of Wisconsin County
Milwaukee City of Milwaukee
Madison City of Madison, Wisconsin
Kenosha City of Kenosha The City of Kenosha website helps citizens and visitors learn about city services and conduct business, including permit applications and online payments.
Racine Welcome to the City of Racine The official website for the City of Racine, Wisconsin
Appleton Appleton, WI
Waukesha Waukesha, WI | Official Website
Oshkosh City of Oshkosh
Eau Claire City of Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Janesville Janesville, WI
West Allis West Allis, WI – Official Website
La Crosse La Crosse, WI
Wauwatosa Wauwatosa, WI
Fond du Lac City of Fond Du Lac
New Berlin New Berlin, WI – Official Website
Wausau Wausau Wisconsin
Milwaukee County Milwaukee County | County of Milwaukee
Dane County Welcome to Dane County, Wisconsin The official County Government website for Dane County, WI. Find information on elected officials, local news & events, county services and more!
Brown County The official website of Brown County, Wisconsin government Brown County Government, Green Bay, Wisconsin – providing Brown County news, services and event information
Racine County Racine County, WI Racine County Courthouse730 Wisconsin Ave.Racine, Wisconsin 53403262-636-3333
Outagamie County Outagamie County, WI
Winnebago County Welcome to Winnebago County | Winnebago County
Kenosha County Kenosha County, WI – Official Website
Rock County Rock County Wisconsin
Marathon County Marathon County Wisconsin
Washington County Washington County, WI A Winter Weather Emergency has been declared for Washington County. All non-essential Washington County offices will be closed Monday, January 28.As part of this closure, the Justice Center will be closed and all court matters will be rescheduled.
Sheboygan County Sheboygan County
La Crosse County Official Web Site of La Crosse County Government Welcome to the official website of La Crosse County, Wisconsin
Walworth County Walworth County
Fond du Lac County Fond du Lac County Welcome to the new official Fond du Lac County site. Government officials, departments and services plus much more.
Eau Claire County Eau Claire County
Ozaukee County Ozaukee County, WI – Official Website
St. Croix County Welcome to St Croix County
Jefferson County Welcome to Jefferson County
Manitowoc County Manitowoc County, WI
Wood County Wood County Wisconsin
Portage County Portage County, WI
Chippewa County Chippewa County, Wi
Sauk County Sauk County Wisconsin Official Website
Columbia County Columbia County Website
Waupaca County Welcome to Waupaca County, WI
Grant County Grant County, Wisconsin Grant County, Wisconsin World Wide Web Site
Calumet County Calumet County, WI – Official Website
Barron County Barron County, Wisconsin – www.barroncountywi.gov
Monroe County Monroe County, Wisconsin –
Polk County Polk County, Wisconsin Polk County Wisconsin
Douglas County Douglas County, WI – Official Website
Dunn County Dunn County, WI
Shawano County The Official Shawano County Government Web Site Shawano County – Honoring Tradition, Discovering Tomorrow
Marinette County The Official Marinette County Government Website Marinette County has everything! Find information on Government officials, departments, services and more.
Pierce County Pierce County
Wisconsin Inmate Roster and Jail Roster
|Type||Name||County||Address||Phone Number||Inmate Search|
|Federal Prison||Oxford Federal Correctional Institution||Adams County||County Road G & Elk Avenue, Oxford, WI 53952||(608) 584-5511||Federal Inmate Locator|
|State Prison||Green Bay Correctional Institution||Brown County||2833 Riverside Drive, Green Bay, WI 54307-9033||(920) 432-4877||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility||Chippewa County||2909 E. Park Avenue, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729||(715) 720-2850||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Stanley Correctional Institution||Chippewa County||100 Corrections Drive, Stanley, WI 54768-6500||(715) 644-2960||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Columbia Correctional Institution||Columbia County||2925 Columbia Drive, Portage, WI 53901-0950||(608) 742-9100||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution||Crawford County||500 E. Parrish Street, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821-6000||(608) 326-7828||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Oakhill Correctional Institution||Dane County||5212 County Hwy. M, Oregon, WI 53575-0140||(608) 835-3101||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Dodge Correctional Institution||Dodge County||1 W. Lincoln Street, Waupun, WI 53963-0661||(920) 324-5577||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Fox Lake Correctional Institution||Dodge County||W10237 Lake Emily Road, Fox Lake, WI 53933-0147||(920) 928-3151||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Waupun Correctional Institution||Dodge County||200 S. Madison Street, Waupun, WI 53963-0351||(920) 324-5571||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Taycheedah Correctional Institution||Fond du Lac County||751 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1947||(920) 929-3800||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Wisconsin Secure Program Facility||Grant County||1101 Morrison Drive, Boscobel, WI 53805-0900||(608) 375-5656||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Jackson Correctional Institution||Jackson County||N6500 Haipek Road, Black River Falls, WI 54615-0232||(715) 284-4550||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||New Lisbon Correctional Institution||Juneau County||2000 Progress Road, New Lisbon, WI 53950-2000||(608) 562-6400||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility||Milwaukee County||1015 N. 10th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205-0740||(414) 212-3535||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Racine Correctional Institution||Racine County||2019 Wisconsin Street, Sturtevant, WI 53177-1829||(262) 886-3214||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility||Racine County||1501 Albert Street, Racine, WI 53404-0001||(262) 638-1999||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Sturtevant Transitional Facility||Racine County||9351 Rayne Road, Sturtevant, WI 53177||(262) 884-2410||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution||Sheboygan County||W9071 Forest Drive, Plymouth, WI 53073||(920) 526-3244||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Redgranite Correctional Institution||Waushara County||1006 County Road EE, Redgranite, WI 54970||(920) 566-2600||Inmate Search|
|State Prison||Oshkosh Correctional Institution||Winnebago County||1730 W. Snell Road, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3530||(920) 231-4010||Inmate Search|
|County Jail||Adams County Jail||Adams County||301 Adams Street, Friendship, WI 53934||(608) 339-4239||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Barron County Jail||Barron County||1420 State Hwy 25 North, Barron, WI 54812-3007||(715) 537-5559||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Bayfield County Jail||Bayfield County||615 Second Avenue, Washburn, WI 54891||(715) 373-6117||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Brown County Jail||Brown County||3030 Curry Lane, Green Bay, WI 54311||(920) 448-4250||Inmate Search|
|County Jail||Burnett County Jail||Burnett County||7410 County Road K, Siren, WI 54872||(715) 349-2128||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Calumet County Jail||Calumet County||206 Court Street, Chilton, WI 53014-1198||(920) 849-1447||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Chippewa County Jail||Chippewa County||50 E Spruce Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729||(715) 726-7704||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Clark County Jail||Clark County||517 Court Street, Neillsville, WI 54456||(715) 743-5379||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Columbia County Jail||Columbia County||403 Jackson Street, Portage, WI 53901||(608) 742-6476||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Crawford County Jail||Crawford County||224 N Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821||(608) 326-8414||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Dane County Public Safety Building Jail||Dane County||115 W. Doty Street, Madison, WI 53703||(608) 284-6100||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Dodge County Detention Facility||Dodge County||216 W. Center Street, Juneau, WI 53039||(920) 386-3734||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Door County Jail||Door County||1203 S. Duluth Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235||(920) 746-2400||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Douglas County Jail||Douglas County||1310 North 14th Street, Superior, WI 54880||(715) 395-1375||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Dunn County Jail||Dunn County||615 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie, WI 54751||(715) 232-2220||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Eau Claire County Jail||Eau Claire County||710 2nd Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54703||(715) 839-4702||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Fond du Lac County Jail||Fond du Lac County||63 Western Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI 54935||(920) 929-3394||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Forest County Jail||Forest County||100 South Park Avenue, Crandon, WI 54520||(715) 478-3331||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Grant County Jail||Grant County||1000 North Adams Street, Lancaster, WI 53813||(608) 723-6372||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Green County Jail||Green County||2827 6th Street, Monroe, WI 53566||(608) 328-9400||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Green Lake County Correctional Facility||Green Lake County||571 County Road A, Green Lake, WI 54941||(920) 294-4059||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Iowa County Jail||Iowa County||1205 North Bequette Street, Dodgeville, WI 53533||(608) 935-3314 ext. 2||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Jackson County Jail||Jackson County||30 N. 3rd Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615||(715) 284-5357||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Jefferson County Jail||Jefferson County||411 S. Center Avenue, Jefferson, WI 53549-1703||(920) 674-7310||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Juneau County Jail||Juneau County||200 Oak Street, Mauston, WI 53948||(608) 847-9513||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Kenosha County Detention Center||Kenosha County||4777 88th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144||(262) 605-5800||Inmate Search|
|County Jail||Downtown Pre-Trial Facility||Kenosha County||927 54th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140||(262) 605-5111||Inmate Search|
|County Jail||Kewaunee County Jail||Kewaunee County||620 Juneau Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216||(920) 388-3100||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||La Crosse County Jail||La Crosse County||333 Vine Street, La Crosse, WI 54601||(608) 785-9630||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Langlade County Jail||Langlade County||840 Clermont Street, Antigo, WI 54409||(715) 627-6444||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Lincoln County Jail||Lincoln County||1104 E 1st Street, Merrill, WI 54452||(715) 536-6275||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Manitowoc County Jail||Manitowoc County||1025 South 9th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220||(920) 683-4339||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Marathon County Jail||Marathon County||500 Forest Street, Wausau, WI 54403||(715) 261-1700||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Marinette County Jail||Marinette County||2161 University Drive, Marinette, WI 54143||(715) 732-7630||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Menominee County Jail||Menominee County||831 10th Avenue, Menominee, MI 49858||(906) 863-4441||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Milwaukee County Jail||Milwaukee County||949 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233||(414) 226-7070||Inmate Search|
|County Jail||Monroe County Jail||Monroe County||112 S. Court Street, Sparta, Wisconsin 54656||(608) 269-2117||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Oconto County Jail||Oconto County||301 Washington Street, Oconto, WI 54153||(920) 834-6918||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Oneida County Jail||Oneida County||2000 East Winnebago Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501||(715) 361-5180||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Outagamie County Jail||Outagamie County||320 S. Walnut Street, Appleton, WI 54911||(920) 832-5266||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Ozaukee County Jail||Ozaukee County||1201 S. Spring Street, Port Washington, WI 53074||(262) 284-7172||Inmate Search|
|County Jail||Pepin County Jail||Pepin County||740 7th Avenue West, Durand, WI 54736||(715) 672-5945||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Pierce County Jail||Pierce County||414 W. Main Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011||(715) 273-5051||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Polk County Jail||Polk County||1005 West Main Street, Balsam Lake, WI 54810||(715) 485-8370||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Portage County Jail||Portage County||1500 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481||(715) 346-1259||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Price County Jail||Price County||164 Cherry Street, Phillips, WI 54555||(715) 339-4116||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Racine County Jail||Racine County||717 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine, WI 53403||(262) 636-3929||Inmate Search|
|County Jail||Richland County Jail||Richland County||181 W. Seminary, Richland Center, WI 53581||(608) 647-8906||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Rock County Jail||Rock County||200 E US Highway 14, Janesville, WI 53545||(608) 757-7907||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Rusk County Jail||Rusk County||311 Miner Avenue East, Ladysmith, WI 54848||(715) 532-2200||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Sauk County Jail||Sauk County||1300 Lange Court, Baraboo, 53913||(608) 355-3210||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Sawyer County Jail||Sawyer County||15880 5th Street, Hayward, WI 54843||(715) 634-4858||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Shawano County Jail||Shawano County||405 N. Main Street, Shawano, WI 54166||(715) 526-7950||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Sheboygan County Adult Detention Center||Sheboygan County||2923 South 31st Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081-4612||(920) 459-1300||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Sheboygan County Juvenile Detention Center||Sheboygan County||525 North 6th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081||(920) 459-1300||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||St. Croix County Jail||St. Croix County||1101 Carmichael Road, Hudson, WI 54016||(715) 386-4752||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Taylor County Jail||Taylor County||224 South Second Street, Medford, WI 54451||(715) 748-1431||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Trempealeau County Jail||Trempealeau County||36245 Main Street, Whitehall, WI 54773||(715) 538-2311 ext. 452||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Vernon County Jail||Vernon County||1320 Bad Axe Court, Viroqua, WI 54665||(608) 638-5780||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Vilas County Jail||Vilas County||330 Court Street, Eagle River, WI 54521||(715) 479-4441||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Walworth County Jail||Walworth County||1770 County Road NN, Elkhorn, WI 53121||(262) 741-4510||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Washburn County Jail||Washburn County||421 Highway 63, Shell Lake, WI 54871||(715) 468-4720||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Washington County Jail||Washington County||500 N Schmidt Road, West Bend, WI 53095||(262) 335-4427||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Waukesha County Jail||Waukesha County||515 W. Moreland Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53188||(262) 548-7170||Inmate Roster|
|County Jail||Waupaca County Jail||Waupaca County||1402 Royalton Street, Waupaca, WI 54981||(715) 258-4466||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Waushara County Jail||Waushara County||430 East Division Street, Wautoma, WI 54982||(920) 787-6591||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Winnebago County Jail||Winnebago County||4311 Jackson Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901||(920) 236-7380||Jail Roster|
|County Jail||Wood County Jail||Wood County||400 Market Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494||(715) 421-8730||Jail Roster|