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Connecticut Public RecordsSome of the first European settlers in Connecticut date a back to the early 1600s. Some of the most historic records in America are associated with this state. Connecticut is an open records state, although birth records are restricted. Connecticut birth records, death and marriage records can be requested from the Department of Public Health, although a faster turnaround time dictates ordering copies from the Town Clerk where the event took place. Also included in Connecticut public records are court and divorce records. These may be requested through the local Superior Court that handled the case.  Alternatively, you can view Connecticut court records online through the public web access at the State Judicial Branch website. The Connecticut State Police handles inquiries for CT criminal records, which may be requested by any individual. To access historical Connecticut public records, including CT cemetery records, military and vital records and obituaries, visit the State Library in Hartford.

  • Connecticut birth records are restricted, but other vital records are open to the public. Birth, death and marriage records may be requested by mail or online through VitalChek through the Department of Public Health. Or, order these Connecticut public records at the local Town Clerk where the event occurred for faster processing.
  • Connecticut divorce records and court records may be requested in person at the Superior Court that handled the case. Public access to an online case look-up is available at the Judicial Branch website.
  • Request Connecticut criminal records on any person through the State Police. Requests are accepted by mail for a fee. Choose from name-based or fingerprint searches.
  • The State Library is open to the public and houses Connecticut military records, cemetery, vital and court records and obituaries.
  • About Connecticut Public Records

    Connecticut makes most of its records available to the public, which makes it easier for those conducting family history research to locate and obtain records. The exception is Connecticut birth records, which are restricted. After 100 years, however, these become Connecticut public records. Prior to this time period, only the person of record, an immediate family member or legal representative may request them. Connecticut death records and marriage records are unrestricted, and any individual may request these. Although the state Department of Public Health maintains a state repository of birth, death and marriage records, it’s faster to order copies from the Town Clerk that recorded the event. Also, Town Clerks have more historic records, like those prior to 1897.

    Connecticut divorce records are not maintained by the Department of Public Health, but by the Superior Court system. These records are also unrestricted and may be viewed at the local Superior Court that handled the case.

    Accessing Connecticut Gov Public Records

    The Connecticut Judicial Branch offers an online public access case look-up tool that is free. It allows anyone to search civil, criminal and family court records in the state. The search can be narrowed down by case type, case number and location. If you know the county where the case occurred, search Connecticut court records only for that county. This is also a way to conduct a statewide Connecticut criminal records search. Simply narrow the case type to criminal and enter a name. Any criminal court records associated will appear, unless too old to be in the online system.

    Accessing Connecticut gov public records this way is free, unlike requesting a criminal record search through the State Police. This takes time as a mailed request is the only form accepted. Only conviction information will be included. Criminal court records will list any association, whether pending or without conviction.

    Search Public Records in Connecticut

    For those anxious to perform genealogy research, a visit to the State Library in Hartford is definitely in order. However, prior to a visit, familiarize yourself with the various types of Connecticut free public records available on their website. Detailed descriptions breakdown most of their extensive records collections, with some digitized and others available through a searchable online index.

    To search public records for Connecticut means to search various military records, Connecticut cemetery records, obituaries, vital records and historic court records like the colonial witchcraft trials. Connecticut military records include those for the War of 1812, Revolutionary War, Civil War and Mexican War, to name a few. There is no charge to visit the library, and it’s possible to ask questions of the librarians by email, phone or instant message prior to your visit.



     
    State of Connecticut Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    3,252,501

     
    Under 18:
    820,216

     
    Over 65:
    472,284

     
    Employed:
    2,062,236

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    4,844.80

     
    Acres of Farms:
    357,154

     
    Births:
    41,718

     
    Deaths:
    29,467

     
    Infant Deaths:
    243

     
     
    Murder:
    123

     
    Forcible Rape:
    674

     
    Robbery:
    3,907

     
    Assault:
    5,723

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    10,427

     
    Burglary:
    15,011

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    62,113

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    8,963

     
    Total Property Crime:
    86,087

     
    Connecticut Public Records Locations
    Department of Public Safety
    Reports and Records Unit
    1111 Country Club Rd
    Middletown, CT 06457
    Phone:
    860-685-8250










    Attorney General's Office
    PO Box 120
    Hartford, CT 06141-0120
    Phone:
    860-808-5318

    Fax:
    860-808-5387










     
    Department of Public Health
    Vital Records Section MS# 11VRS
    PO Box 340308
    Hartford, CT 06134-0308
    Phone:
    860-509-7897

     
    860-509-7700

    Fax:
    860-509-7964










    Secretary of State
    Commercial Recording Division
    30 Trinity St
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Fax:
    860-509-6069










     
    Department of Public Safety
    Bureau of Identification
    1111 Country Club Rd
    Middletown, CT 06457
    Phone:
    860-685-8480

    Fax:
    860-685-8361










    Department of Public Health
    Vital Records Section MS# 11VRS
    PO Box 340308
    Hartford, CT 06134-0308
    Phone:
    860-509-7897

     
    860-509-7700

    Fax:
    860-509-7964










     
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Copy Records Unit
    60 State St.
    Wethersfield, CT 06161-0503
    Phone:
    860-263-5154










    Department of Education
    GED Records
    25 Industrial Park Rd
    Middletown, CT 06457
    Phone:
    860-807-2110

     
    860-807-2111+

    Fax:
    860-807-2112










     
    Governor's Office
    State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Phone:
    860-566-4840

    Fax:
    860-566-4677










    Department of Environmental Protection
    License Division
    79 Elm St
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Phone:
    860-424-3105

    Fax:
    860-424-4122










     
    Connecticut Department of Corrections
    Public Information Office
    24 Wolcott Hill Rd
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
    Fax:
    860-692-7783










    Connecticut General Assembly
    State Library, Bill Room at State Library
    231 Capitol Ave
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Phone:
    860-757-6550

    Fax:
    860-757-6594










     
    Department of Public Health
    Vital Records Section MS# 11VRS
    PO Box 340308
    Hartford, CT 06134-0308
    Phone:
    860-509-7897

     
    860-509-7700

    Fax:
    860-509-7964










    Department of Public Safety
    Sex Offender Registry Unit
    1111 Country Club Rd
    Middletown, CT 06457
    Phone:
    860-685-8060

    Fax:
    860-685-8349










     
    Connecticut State Library
    History & Genealogy Unit
    231 Capitol Ave
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Fax:
    860-757-6677










    Chief Court Administrator
    231 Capitol Ave
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Phone:
    860-757-2100

    Fax:
    860-757-2130










     
    UCC Division
    Secretary of State
    PO Box 150470
    Hartford, CT 06115-0470
    Phone:
    860-509-6002

    Fax:
    860-509-6057










    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Copy Record Unit
    60 State St,
    Wethersfield, CT 06161-1896
    Phone:
    860-263-5154










     
    Secretary of State
    Election Services Division
    30 Trinity Street, 2nd Fl
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Phone:
    860-509-6100










    Workers Compensation Commission
    21 Oak Street
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Phone:
    860-493-1500

    Fax:
    860-247-1361