Changes to obtaining vital records beginning January 2017

Post Date:03/11/2016 2:58 PM
Eau Claire County Register of Deeds, Kathryn Christenson announces effective Jan. 1, 2017 residents may no longer have to travel to other counties to obtain their vital records. Vital record events include: birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates.

Currently, residents have to travel to the county in which the event occurred or order by mail, to receive their records. Your ability to obtain these records will ultimately be easier than ever. With new technology and a statewide database, this longtime vision of the Register of Deeds office will become a reality.

If your event occurred in the State of Wisconsin, you may be able to walk into any Wisconsin Register of Deeds office to pick up your vital record. At the onset in 2017, there will be limitations to receiving an older record not located in the state database. Births from 1994, deaths from Sept. 1, 2013 & marriages from May 18, 2015 to present will be available statewide.

Christenson emphasizes not all records will be available at the implementation of this service. Older records will become available at a later date as the State Vital Records office completes the data. Christenson advises you to inquire what records will be available prior to the trip to the courthouse by contacting the Eau Claire County Register of Deeds office at 715-839-4745.
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