Updated: Jan 18
When you need to apostille a Wisconsin marriage certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:
Requesting a Vital Record
Wisconsin birth, death, marriage, and divorce records from October 1907 to the present are available from the Wisconsin Vital Records Office. The ordering options and instructions are detailed in the tabs below.
In addition to the Wisconsin Vital Records Office, Wisconsin birth, death, marriage, and divorce records are available through Wisconsin county Register of Deeds offices(link is external), and Wisconsin birth and death records are available at the Milwaukee Health Department(link is external) and the West Allis City Health Office(link is external). Record availability varies by event type and event date. See their websites for detailed information.
Wisconsin Vital Records has partnered with VitalChek Network Inc. to provide you these services. VitalChek can be reached through its website(link is external). An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using these services, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.
To place an order by phone through VitalChek, please call 877-885-2981.
Processing time Approximately five business days after receipt. Expedited processing options available for an additional fee.
Shipping methods USPS Regular Mail UPS Next Day Air UPS Worldwide
Credit card or debit card
Mailing address Wisconsin Vital Records Office PO Box 309 Madison, WI 53701 Processing time Approximately ten business days after receipt. Processing time does not include mailing time to and from our office. Shipping methods USPS Regular Mail Fees $20 for first copy of each record $3 for each additional copy of the same record Payment methods A check, or money order in U.S. funds. Checks or money orders must be payable through a U.S. financial institution and should be made payable to State of Wis. Vital Records. Personal checks must be preprinted with the account holder’s name, account number, routing number, and check number.
Applications and acceptable identification required: Expired documents will not be accepted. Please include legible photocopies of your identification. Do not mail originals. ONE of the following:
State-issued driver's license or ID card
U.S. government-issued photo ID
U.S. or foreign passport
Tribal or military ID card
or TWO of the following:
Current, dated, signed lease
Health insurance card
Utility bill or traffic ticket
In Person Order
In-person counter service is now available by appointment.
Counter services do not include in-person research appointments; in-person research remains suspended at this time.
To schedule an appointment, please call 608-266-1373 and press option 4 to reach our customer service staff.
Customers are still encouraged to utilize our mail and online services when possible.
Wisconsin Marriage Certificate Apostille
When you are in the United States and you need to conduct this sort of business internationally, an apostille most likely will be required. There is no margin for error with the authentication or apostille process. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this service to someone with experience, please email me at email@example.com or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.