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Wisconsin - Disputing Public Records
Obtaining an Official Record
The Criminal History Records Unit maintains the criminal history repository for the state of Wisconsin which consists of over 1.3 million records. The unit is responsible for processing arrest, charging decisions and disposition information submitted to the Crime Information Bureau (CIB) from law enforcement agencies, district attorneys, clerks of court and municipal court offices throughout the State.
To obtain a copy of your records you can request them from the Department of Justice. Send your request in letter form to the attention of Kevin C. Potter, Office of the Attorney General, Wisconsin Department of Justice, 17 W. Main St., P.O. Box 7857, Madison, WI 53707-7857. No special form is needed to submit your request. The response time will vary depending on the type of documents you seek, whether it is related to a criminal activity and whether or not the case is closed. We respond to all requests as soon as practicable and without delay.
- Petition to Expunge Court Record of Conviction
- Order on Petition to Expunge Court Record of Conviction
- Petition to Expunge Court Record of Conviction (Prior to July 1, 2009)
- Order on Petition to Expunge Court Record of Conviction (Prior to July 1, 2009)
If you are a victim of identity theft, you can file a complaint with the Office of Privacy Protection. There are several steps you should take, however, as soon as you discover your identity has been compromised. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has prepared a step-by-step list of this actions:
Civil records generally include judgments, liens and evictions, as well as other family and small claims cases.
Obtaining an Official Record
The most efficient way to dispute a civil record in Wisconsin is to contact the court in which the record was filed.
Bankruptcies can stay on your credit record for as long as 10 years. The most important place these records can affect you is on your credit report. To dispute a bankruptcy record that is inaccurate, contact each of the three major U.S. credit bureaus. Each has a process online for disputing records that appear on your file.
Disputing the actual public record can be much more challenging since the consumer is the one who files for the bankruptcy in the first place. More information can be found on the United States Courts website.
General Contact InformationWisconsin Department of Justice
P.O. Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707-7857
Phone: (608) 266-1221
Fax: (608) 267-2779
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