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Doug La Follette The Office of the Secretary of State of Wisconsin


"I believe my most important job is being there when you need help."
- Doug La Follette, Secretary of State



The Office of the Secretary of State will begin accepting requests for expedited processing of apostilles and authentications on Monday August 10.

In the past two weeks, since the Governor’s budget reduced the office staff from 3 to 1, it has been impossible to process the normal number of certifications (about 290 per week) in a timely fashion.  This situation has resulted in a backlog of 7-9 days.  There have been dozens of cases where people’s travel for international business, study, or adoption has been seriously impacted.

We offer expedited service again to assist people who have serious emergencies; however, we know that if the requests for expedited service are too great the turnaround time for that service may exceed one or two days.  Of course, non-expedited service requests will take longer.
 

Office of the Secretary of State of Wisconsin
B41W State Capitol, Madison WI 53703

OFFICE HOURS 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm

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About the Office:

The Office of the Secretary of State is headed by an elected Secretary of State, whose term of office is four years. Wisconsin's Constitution requires the Secretary of State to maintain the official acts of the Legislature and Governor, and to keep the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin and affix it to all official acts of the Governor. In addition, the Office administers program responsibilities set forth in approximately 100 sections of the Wisconsin Statutes, issuing authentications and apostilles; filing oaths of office; and filing deeds for state lands and buildings.


The Secretary of State is a member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL).



Public Records:

These Wisconsin documents are among those preserved in the Office of the Secretary of State:

  • City, Village and Town Records *(available on-line)
  • Forest Land Deeds *(available on-line)
  • Wisconsin Blue Books (Complete set dating from 1853)
  • Statutes and Laws of Wisconsin (Dating from 1836)

* These Databases are maintained by the Office of the Secretary of State and can be accessed on-line at www.sos.state.wi.us. If you wish to obtain a copy of an entire database, please contact:


The Office of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 7848
Madison, WI 53707 - 7848
608-266-8888, then press 3
statesec@sos.state.wi.us

There will be a programming charge to format the database to meet your specific needs.