Register of Deeds
Department Head: James Behrend
County Register of Deeds Office is open between 8 AM and 4:30 PM Monday thru
Friday. If you intend to visit our office to do research you should plan for
enough time to complete your search. Most title searches take less than an
hour. If you are simply looking for a copy of a single document it should
require 15 minutes or so.
If you are coming into our office to record a document, we stop recording
documents at 4:00 PM per County Ordinance Article IV, Sec. 6-21. If you arrive after 4:00 PM, we can take your
document and it will be recorded the next day. If
you are coming into our office to purchase a birth, marriage or death
certificate we ask that you plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before closing
Waukesha County Administration Center
515 W. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53188
We are located in Room 110 of the Waukesha County Administration Building
What we do WHAT DOES THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OFFICE DO?
James Behrend, the Register of Deeds, is elected to a four year term and employs a staff of 17. The Register of Deeds Office provides a depository for safekeeping and public inspection of all legal documents pertaining to:
The Register of Deeds Office handles the recording and filing of deeds, mortgages, land contracts, articles of incorporation, real estate transactions, subdivision plats, certified survey maps, condominium declarations, etc. Please click below for additional information:
NOTE: Real estate documents prior to 1994 are not available online. Copies and searches must be obtained at the Register of Deeds office. All subdivision plats, condominium plats and certified survey map images are available online.
* For General questions, please try the Wisconsin Register of Deeds association at http://wrdaonline.org/
* For questions or issues regarding Fee-based online document access, please email email@example.com and include "Document Access" in the subject header.
The Register of Deeds Office is charged with the duty of
being an unbiased, independent custodian of records relating to real estate. As
such, the only area we can assist you in is general process questions. We
cannot assist you in the drafting of documents. Although several legal
documents have been developed into “fill-in-the-blank” style forms and appear
to be very easily completed, it is the answers to those fill-in-the-blank
questions that are critically important. Those answers can vary widely from
person to person. Determining the correct answer for your situation constitutes
“legal advice” and none of our staff is licensed to practice real estate law.
Even if we were, our role as custodian of the records would still prevent us
from assisting in the creation of the records.
The Register of Deeds
office is not authorized to render opinions regarding the status of
title. Professional title examiners use the records in our office as well
as searching records in other county offices to determine if the title is free
and clear of encumbrances.
Public Access Document Search
NOTE: Document images will be unavailable on Monday October 13th from 3:00pm - 4:00pm.
Fees for Vital records are as follows:
$20.00 for the first copy (of each record)
$3.00 for each additional copy
are 2 ways to obtain vital records:
our office located at: 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. To expedite your order,
you can print out and complete an application form (below) and bring it with
you to our office. You will be
required to provide identification before obtaining a vital record. In
order to obtain a certified copy of a vital record, the applicant must be one
of the following:
- The person named on the record.
- The parent of the person
named on the record
- The legal custodian or
guardian of the person named in the record.
- A member of the
immediate family (spouse, child, brother, sister or grandparent)
- An agent representing
the person named in the record.
the application form (above) and mail it to our office with the appropriate fee.
forms of payment are Cash or Check made payable to "Register of Deeds."
Any questions pertaining
to a specific Birth, Death, Marriage or Declaration of Domestic Partnership
record that is on file with our office, please call (262) 548-7583.
To apply for a marriage license, please visit the website of the County Clerk's office
Uniform Commercial Code
Only UCC financing statements that affect real estate are filed in the Register of Deeds Office.
Federal Tax Lien
A federal tax lien notifies the public that a federal tax lien exists against the debtor named on the notice and establishes the federal government's priority with respect to a majority of competing creditors.
The Tax Listing Division of the Register of Deeds Office analyzes and applies ownership and legal description information from recorded documents onto Waukesha County parcel tax listings to aid the municipal Assessors with their assessment roll work. Please send questions regarding Tax Listing issues to: firstname.lastname@example.org