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Are Connecticut Vital Records Open to the Public?

Most Connecticut vital records are open to the public. However, the right of public access to vital records is not absolute, and selected records are restricted from public disclosure. Typically, confidential records are available to the registrant, immediate family members, legal representatives and persons with court-issued rights to access the record. However, uncertified or informational copies of these records may also be made available to other persons where the record is to be used for non-official purposes including genealogy and research.

 

What Information Do I Need to Search for Connecticut Vital Records Online?

Persons ordering a Connecticut vital record online will be required to provide record-related information with which the request will be processed. These typically include:

  • The full name(s) of the registrant(s)
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The judicial district where the event was recorded
  • The full name of the registrant's parents/legal guardians (if referenced on relevant documents)
  • The license number or case file number of the record (if applicable)
  • The name of the presiding judge or the state bar number of legal representatives involved

 

The Connecticut State Department of Public Health processes online vital record requests submitted through state-approved third-party vendors. However, there are no self-service options with which users can conduct online searches.

Publicly available records are also managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These sites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as a reliable jump-off point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not government-sponsored. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. To find a record using the search engines on third party sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile

 

What Do I Need to Obtain Connecticut Vital Records?

Typically, access to informational copies requires no documentation. All records which have been deemed ‘public’ may be accessed by interested members of the public under Connecticut statutes. Thus, interested persons can access publicly accessible records through the state’s official record custodians or various third-party alternatives. However, requests for certified records or restricted documents often require that the requestor present a government-issued ID to confirm their identity and prove their eligibility to access the record. Where the request is being made by persons who are otherwise ineligible to access the record, then additional supporting documents may also be required, including sworn affidavits, court order or documents establishing a relationship between the requestor and the registrant.

 

What’s the Difference Between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

Most informational copies are issued for personal knowledge sake or for use in genealogical research. These records are deemed ‘unofficial’ by the issuer, and usually have no legal standing to establish identity or perform related functions.

On the other hand, certified records can be used for a range of official functions including license, passport, job, and home applications. Certified copies are considered legal documents, and the equivalent of the original record. They are issued to persons who have sufficiently met the state's eligibility requirements.

Are Connecticut Marriage Records Public Information?

Connecticut's marriage records are public information. Certified copies of these records can be purchased for a fee by persons who are 18 years and above. However, while most information on these records is available to the public, information such as social security numbers are excluded from public access. Marriage records containing this information will only be released to either of the parties named on the record.

 

How Do I Find Marriage Records In Connecticut?

Requests for Connecticut marriage records can be processed by the office of the Town Clerk of the judicial district where the marriage was licensed or by the state’s Vital Records Office.

To obtain a record from either office, interested and eligible persons may download and complete the Town Marriage Record Order Form or the State Marriage Record Order Form. The appropriate application must be legibly filled, signed and submitted along with the indicated fees and ID requirements to the concerned office. Requests to the state vital records office may be delivered in person or via mail to:

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Vital Records Section
Customer Services, MS#11VRS
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Are Connecticut Divorce Records Public Information?

Like marriage records, Connecticut divorce records are available to the public upon request -- provided the requestor is at least 18 years old. However, there are also restrictions on the information disseminated to the public. As such, details of property inventories, financial settlements and financial bank accounts are often restricted to the parties involved and their legal representatives.

 

How Do I Find Divorce Records in Connecticut?

Connecticut divorce records are strictly managed and disseminated by the office of the Judicial District Court Clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. Divorce decrees are regarded as the judgment file and copies of these records can be requested by making in-person or mail requests to the record custodian. The requesting party will be required to provide information pertinent to the record of interest including:

  • The names of the parties involved
  • The place and date the divorce was filed/granted
  • The docket number assigned to the case (otherwise known as the case file number)
  • The full names and/or state bar number of the litigants involved

 

In addition to providing the above-mentioned information, requestors will be required to cover all copy and certification costs as well as provide a government-issued ID to confirm their eligibility to access the record. The Connecticut Judicial Branch fee schedule may be useful for determining the approximate cost of the process.

Are Connecticut Birth Records Public Information?

Connecticut birth records are not public information. Access to these records is restricted until 100 years after the birth occurred. Within this time, the records are available to the registrant, their parents or legal guardians, their spouses, children, legal representatives and persons who are authorized by court order.

 

How Do I Find Connecticut Birth Records?

Records of Connecticut births are managed and disseminated by the town vital records office where the event occured, the town of the mothers’ residence (at the time of the birth) and the state's vital records office.

To obtain a record, interested and eligible persons may download the State Birth Record Application or the Town Birth Record Application. The appropriate form must be legibly filled and submitted along with the indicated fees and ID requirements as well as any additional documents that prove the requestor's eligibility to access the record.

Requests to the state vital records office may be delivered in person or via mail to:

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Vital Records Section
Customer Services, MS#11VRS
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Are Connecticut Death Records Open to the Public?

Connecticut death records are open to the public and can be accessed by interested persons provided they are at least 18 years old. However, sensitive information such as the deceased’s social security number will only be released to the spouse or next of kin.

 

How Do I Find Death Records in Connecticut?

Requests for death records in Connecticut can be made to the town where the deceased passed or the record can be obtained from the state's vital records office. To request the record, interested persons may download and complete the State Death Record Application or Town Death Record Application. The completed forms must be accompanied by the indicated fees and ID requirements and submitted to the appropriate office in person or via mail. Requests to the state vital records office may be made to:

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Vital Records Section
Customer Services, MS#11VRS
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Connecticut?

Sealed Connecticut vital records may be accessed by persons who can satisfy the state’s eligibility requirements. To be eligible to access these records, the requesting party must prove a direct and tangible interest in this record by demonstrating its relevance in a financial claim or for legal purposes. Persons who can satisfy this requirement may request a court order or subpoena from a Connecticut-licensed judge. This order will authorize the requestor's access to the sealed record of interest and should be submitted along with the standard record request application as well as other supporting documents.

Connecticut State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (203) 275-0161

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Full State Record Report:

  • Marriage Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Criminal Records
  • Assets
  • Property Ownership
  • Bankruptcies
  • Judgments
  • Liens
  • Public Records
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Relatives & Associates

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Connecticut

Connecticut

  • State Archives holds over 42,000 cubic feet of records.
  • The Superior Court has 13 judicial districts which have at least one courthouse and one geographical area court. 
  • There are 2 levels of Courts in Connecticut: trial and appellate.
  • There are 54 Probate Courts and 13 Superior Courts in Connecticut.
  • The highest Court in Connecticut is the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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