WISCONSIN DIVORCE CERTIFICATE APPLICATION
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F-05282 (Rev. 11/2016)
1. What is the difference between a “certified” and an “uncertified” copy of a divorce certificate?
A CERTIFIED COPY:
Is printed on security paper, has a raised seal, and shows the signature of the State Registrar or Local Registrar.
Can be used for legal purposes.
Can only be obtained with a direct and tangible interest as defined in Wis. Stat. § 69.20(1).
AN UNCERTIFIED COPY:
Is printed on plain paper and marked “uncertified.”
Is for information purposes only and cannot be used for identity or legal purposes.
Contains the same information as a certified copy.
2. How long will it take to process my request?
APPLYING IN PERSON
Requests for certified copies of divorce certificates are usually completed within 2 business hours of application, if the divorce
certificate is on file.
Requests for uncertified copies of divorce certificates are not completed on the same schedule as requests for certified copies.
In-person requests for uncertified copies may take up to 1 month to complete.
APPLYING BY MAIL
Requests for certified copies of divorce certificates may take up to 2 weeks plus mail time to complete.
Requests for uncertified copies of divorce certificates are not completed on the same schedule as certified copies. Mail
requests for uncertified copies may take up to 1 month plus mail time.
3. What identification is required when applying for a divorce certificate?
Requests for certified copies require proof of identification. Applicant’s original ID is required for in-person applications. A photocopy of
the applicant’s ID is required for mail applications.
At least one form of ID must show your name and address. Expired cards or documents will not be accepted.
Examples of acceptable forms of identification include:
One of these:
Two of these:
State issued driver’s license or ID card
US Government issued photo ID
Current, dated, signed lease
Health insurance card
US or Foreign passport
Utility bill or traffic ticket
Tribal or Military ID card
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