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Legal Information: Wisconsin

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
July 16, 2020

How do I register my protection order in Wisconsin?

To register your order from another U.S. state or territory or from Canada in Wisconsin, you need to take a certified copy of the order to any circuit court clerk’s office. It is also a good idea to bring the contact information (address and telephone number) of the court that gave you the order in case there are any questions. The clerk will file your order and send a copy to the local law enforcement agency within one business day, and the law enforcement agency will enter the order into the transaction information for management of enforcement system within 24 hours.1

If you need help registering your protection order, you can contact a local domestic violence organization in Wisconsin for assistance. You can find contact information for organizations in your area here on our WI Advocates and Shelters page.

1 Wis. Stat. §§ 806.247(3); 813.1283(5)