Guide to filing construction documents in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Contractors and suppliers working on a project within Milwaukee County should get familiar with the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds. This is the office that records documents related to the property, including mechanics liens and notices.

This page contains all of the information construction businesses need to file liens and other documents with the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds, including locations, hours, fees, form downloads, and more..

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The mechanics lien rules in Wisconsin can be complex. Before recording a lien in Milwaukee County, read Filing a Lien in Wisconsin: A Step-by-Step Guide to make sure you understand the process, and common mistakes.

Download Milwaukee County Register of Deeds Forms:

Lien FAQs for Milwaukee County

What types of documents can I file at the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds?

This office records a variety of property-related documents, including:
Mechanics lien
Lien release
UCC lien

Which office records mechanics liens in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin?

Filing in person

You can file your Register of Deeds in person at the Register of Deeds, located at:
901 N. 9th Street, Room 103
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WI, 53233

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 – 4:00 pm


Hours of Recording:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 – 4:30 pm

If you need more information, you can call them at (414) 278-4021.

E-Filing

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Who can file a lien in Milwaukee County?

If you provided labor or materials on a construction project located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, then your mechanics lien should be filed here. However, every state has specific rules about who has the right to file a lien, including notice requirements and specific deadlines. To make sure you are allowed to file a lien, visit the Wisconsin Mechanics Lien Guide & FAQ page.

What is the deadline to file a lien claim in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, your deadline to file a mechanics lien is dependent upon your role in the project. In general:
General contractors have 6 months to file a lien after the last providing labor or materials. Subcontractors and suppliers have 6 months to file after last providing labor or materials.

What are the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds fees to file a lien?

Here are the costs to file a mechanics lien in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin:
$30 per document regardless of the number of pages

Recording offices do update their fee structure periodically. We recommend contacting the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds to verify the recording costs, especially before mailing a document.

Visit the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds fees page for the latest information.

What forms of payment are accepted at the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds?

Milwaukee County Register of Deeds accepts the following forms of payment:

Cash; no credit or debit accepted.

If paying by check, make it payable to Milwaukee County Register of Deeds.

How do I release a lien in Milwaukee County once I’ve been paid?

To cancel a lien previously recorded with the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds, you will need to record a lien release.
Lien release fee:
$30.

How do I get copies of documents from the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds?

In Milwaukee County, filed documents are public record. Copies of mechanics liens and other property documents are available upon request from the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds.

In person

900 N. 9th Street, Room CH-G6, Milwaukee, WI 53233

By mail

901 N. 9th Street, Room 103, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Electronically

The Milwaukee County Register of Deeds does not currently have an online resource for requesting document copies

Fees

Certified copy: $1.00

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