Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds Office is open for business. Walk-in customers are welcome but we do suggest you make an appoint by calling the office at (262) 653-2444, or online using the appointment scheduler:
We are able to process documents and vital records applications received through the mail. All correspondence including documents to be recorded, vital records to be filed and applications for purchase of vital records or documents can be mailed to our main office: The Register of Deeds, 1010 56th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140
To purchase copies of vital records online with a credit card, please use our VitalCheck application which can be found on our vital records page. You will also be able to download paper applications from this page.
Copies of real estate documents can be purchased on our Landshark website: landshark.co.kenosha.wi.us/LandShark/login. You will need to self-register, giving yourself a username and password, and you will need a credit card to cover the fees.
The office of Register of Deeds is to provide prompt, courteous and responsive service to our customers; to achieve accurate, up-to-date maintenance of records; and to provide continuous personal growth opportunities for staff and department head to continue to succeed in handling the department’s expanding responsibility to the public we serve.
About the Office of Register of Deeds
The office of Register of Deeds was established in Wisconsin in 1836. It was established as a Constitutional Office in 1848 and became a permanent element of county-level government structure. Each county in Wisconsin has a Register of Deeds. It has been said that few things must last as long as County records, and few jobs involve as much responsibility and as much attention to detail.
As an elected office we have a responsibility to the citizens of our community to provide them with timely accurate service and to fulfill those obligations per Wisconsin State Statutes.
The Register of Deeds files, records and issues instruments and documents of significance to both the community as a whole and to its individual citizens. Vital records document the span of our lives from birth to death. Land records documenting title to 745 billion* in real property in Wisconsin are maintained. Each year many millions of dollars in transactions under the Uniform Commercial code are represented in documents filed to record the interest and obligation of the parties in such commercial transactions.
The filing or recording of various legal documents with the register of deeds is a way of putting the world on notice that something important has happened or will happen. The time of the transaction is often an important element in rights and relationships. The register of deeds records the time when, in effect, the public record is established. In legal terms, this important function is described as providing constructive notice for the entire world to see the rights and interests that people have in real and personal property, as well as notice regarding births, deaths, and marriages which occurred within the county.
Providing constructive notice regarding real estate allows the act of searching the records and the determination of clear title. This is necessary for the issuance of most home mortgages, business loans, and the sale of real estate. The database of recorded documents such as deeds, mortgages, plats and certified survey maps stored and available for public view provide accurate descriptions of property and avoid wasteful court battles over boundaries and rights. Local government property tax rolls are derived from documents recorded in the office of the register of deeds. The business community and consumers are served through Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings. Consumer and farm loans are made simpler, more secure, less expensive and more widely available to the mutual benefit of those involved in the use of credit involving personal property, and crops through a statewide program of fixture filings in the office of Register of Deeds.
*January 1, 2022 equalized value of real property, Wisconsin Department of Revenue.