901 N. 9th Street, Courthouse, Room 103,
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1458
AM to 4:30 PM
Document recording service provides information on fees
and formats for recording and submitting real estate transfer returns.
Phone calls about document examination
are answered between 8:00 and 4:30 PM at 414-278-4005. Document
examination questions can also be sent via fax to 414-223-1257 or
RODRecordings@milwaukeecountywi.gov. Standard mail services or in-person
delivery of documents and fees are also accepted.
The fee for recording a real estate
document is $30.00 regardless of the number of pages, excepting
plats which are $50. All pages shall be letter or legal size, on
white paper and typed or printed in black ink.
No personal checks for birth, death, marriage records.
Vital Records 414-278-4003 Real estate document
recording 414-278-4005 Real estate records research
Order Birth, Death and
Marriage Records Online
John: John La Fave has been the elected
Register of Deeds for Milwaukee County since January 2003.
Previously he was a member of the Wisconsin legislature for ten
years, 1993 - 2003.
Mr. La Fave serves as the Land Information Officer of Milwaukee
County and is a member of: Milwaukee County Automated Land and
Information System, Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association,
Property Records Industry Association and the National Association
of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks.
In July 2009 Governor Jim Doyle appointed Mr. La Fave to serve a
three-year membership on the Electronic Recording Council -
Wisconsin (ERC-WI). The Council was created by legislation known as
the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. The Council is
charged to develop administrative rules and guidance on implementing
electronic recording of land documents by Wisconsin Registers of
In July 2008 the Register of Deeds began participation in the
Property Fraud Alert service, which notifies participants whenever a
document is recorded in their name in this office.
In 2003 the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds department became one
of the first counties in the country to begin electronic recording
of real estate documents. Electronic recording of documents is
faster and more efficient than recording paper documents. On January
8, 2008 this office was the first in Wisconsin to begin eRecording
During Mr. La Fave's tenure 17 years of microfilm images have been
converted to digital format. Document images are available via
computer from January 4, 1985 to the present. These documents are
available on the Internet through our software vendor for a fee.
Plans are to continue the conversion of film images to digital
format back to 1962.
John La Fave is a member of the Milwaukee County Democratic Party,
Brown Deer Senior Citizens Club, Vagabond Ski and Social Club, Bay
View Bicycle Club, Whitefish Bay Tennis Club and the United States
Tennis Association. John was born in Milwaukee in 1949 and is a
lifelong resident of Milwaukee County. He attended Wauwatosa West
High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
with a degree in education. He is active as a Certified Teacher of
John's involvement in political and community affairs began during
his high school years when he was active in civil rights activities
and the peace movement. He worked two years as an elementary school
teacher, 18 years as a sales representative and ten years as a State
Representative. John and his wife Andrea live in the Village of
Brown Deer. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Occasionally John enjoys commuting the 12 miles to the courthouse
About the Register of Deeds office:
Real estate-related instruments that affect title to
approximately 300,000 parcels of land located in Milwaukee County
are recorded here. The following documents and services are
available through the Register of Deeds:
certified copies of birth, death and
marriage records* Event must have taken place in Milwaukee
request to file a military discharge for
addition, the Office of the Register of Deeds records, scans and
compiles an index of real estate documents, corporation papers and
military discharges; records informal probate instruments; files and
keeps an index of financing statements; collects the real estate
transfer tax; and performs such other functions as provided,
pursuant to Sections 59.51, 69.23 and other pertinent sections of
the Wisconsin Statutes.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Milwaukee County Register of
Deeds Office is to provide timely, secure, accurate, archival
accessible and cost-effective record systems and services that are
delivered in a prompt and courteous manner.
Milwaukee County Register of Deeds Office
We make it easy to order your
official birth, death or marriage certificate online.
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Note: Divorce records are available for
County online, but is a function of Clerk of Courts.
This link is provided for your convenience.
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