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Updated: 3/13/2015 02:55:24 PM

Waukesha County

Register of Deeds

Department Head: James Behrend

Phone: 262-548-7583

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The Waukesha 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 time.

Waukesha County Administration Center
515 W. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53188
Room AC110

We are located in Room 110 of the Waukesha County Administration Building

What we 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:

Real Estate
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

* For questions or issues regarding Fee-based online document access, please email and include "Document Access" in the subject header.

The Register of Deeds Office is charged with the duty ofbeing an unbiased, independent custodian of records relating to real estate. Assuch, 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 usfrom assisting in the creation of the records.

 The Register of Deedsoffice 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: Use Internet Explorer as your browser for Online document search:  Images may not be viewable with other browsers.
  • Please use the "Browser test " link on the left side of the Pay Per View page before purchasing documents to determine if your browser and Java versions are current.  This system requires Internet Explorer. 
  • Important:  You must save the document you purchased to your computer in order to have it for future use.  Do not attempt to print the document before saving it to your computer.

    Please read our Public  Access Guide for help using the public search function.

  • Vital Statistics

Fees for Vital records are as follows:
$20.00 for the first copy (of each record)
$3.00 for each additional copy

There are 2 ways to obtain vital records:

  1. Visit 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.

2.Complete the application form (above) and mail it to our office with the appropriate fee.

Acceptable 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.

Military Discharges

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:

Phone: 262-548-7583

Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Waukesha County Administration Center
515 W. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53188
Room AC110

We are located in Room 110 of the Waukesha County Administration Building