Connecticut Public Records
The Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, signed into law in 1975, defines public records and the rights of the people to inspect and make copies of them. Records are “public” when they are kept by a public agency. They can exist in the form of typed, written, recorded, printed, or photographed items.
Exceptions include law enforcement investigative files, personnel and medical files, pending claims and litigation strategy records, trade secrets, personal financial data, student records, adoption records, and records that could compromise public safety or personal privacy.
Under the “Resources” heading you will find the statewide CT databases we have evaluated and described. More resources are a click away via the side menus, where you can explore city, county, and professional license databases.
- Court System - Connecticut has a unified court system with three levels. At the first level is the Superior Court, which has 15 judicial districts, 22 geographical areas, and 14 juvenile districts. The Connecticut Superior Court is the sole trial court of general jurisdiction and is comprised of civil, criminal, housing, and family divisions. At the second level is the Appellate Court, which reviews Superior Court decisions. At the third and highest level is the Connecticut Supreme Court, which reviews decisions made by both lower courts. Connecticut also has a Probate Court to oversee matters concerning estates, trusts, adoptions, conservators, guardians, and commitment of the mentally ill. Connecticut Court Records
- Criminal Records - Most misdemeanors, felonies, violations, and infractions are handled by the Criminal Division of the Superior Court. Exceptions include juvenile delinquency cases, which are handled by the Family Division of the Superior Court. For quick access to criminal databases, and to learn more about official searches, go to our Connecticut Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Certificate copies can be obtained from the: Health Dept Vital Records, 410 Capitol Ave., 1st Floor, Hartford, CT 06134, (860) 509-7700. Divorce certificates are available from the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where the divorce was granted. Go to our Vital Records page for current and historical birth indexes from many towns and counties; statewide deaths & burials from 1772 to 1934, the Social Security Death Index for Connecticut, and available city & county databases for deaths, burials, and cemeteries; statewide historical marriages, and available city & county marriage databases; and family court divorce records, dockets and calendars.
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|Colonial Records 1636-1776 |
Search 15 digitized volumes of Connecticut public records and genealogical information. Provided by the University of Connecticut.
|Court Records | Attorney Case List |
Search Connecticut Family (including divorce) and Civil Court attorney case assignments by Attorney or Law Firm ID Number, case category, and/or location.
|Court Records | PACER U.S. District Bankruptcy Pay Site|
Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal bankruptcy court records by case number, name, SSN/Tax ID, or case type. Provided by the U.S. District Court of Connecticut.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Connecticut combined criminal records, including: Administrative Office of Courts; Department of Corrections inmates and arrests; Department of Public Safety; and Registered Sex Offender records.
Search this database of Connecticut inmates by inmate #, name and/or DOB to view corresponding info, latest admission date, status, bond amount, controlling offense and sentence/release dates.
|Licensing Info Center |
Browse or search a list of Connecticut license types. Gives what the license applies to, description, transaction type, normal duration, application fee, prerequisites, required documentation, responsible agency and agency information.
|Public Notices |
Search this Connecticut Daily Newspapers Association of Connecticut public notices by keyword and/or newspaper.
|State of Connecticut Website |
Use this official site for the State of Connecticut for information on government agencies, organizations, offices, departments, and officials.
Browse the Connecticut Public Acts, Special Acts, and General Statutes by year, search the most recent Statutes by keyword or section, or search the CT Public & Special Acts for prior years.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search for unclaimed property in Connecticut by name of owner or property ID. Provides property ID as well as the name and address of the property owner.
|Uniform Commercial Code Filings |
Search the Connecticut Secretary of State records for active and inactive Uniform Commercial Code filings by debtor name, business name, or lien number.
|Archives - Civil War Soldiers & Orphans |
Search this Connecticut State Library Archives database of Fitch's Home for Soldiers & Orphans. Most residents were Civil War veterans. Search by name, branch of military, regiment, company, or date of death.
|Archives - Wethersfield Prison Records |
Search this Connecticut State Library Archives database of Wethersfield Prison Records for the period 1800 through 1903. Search by name, residence, or crime.
|Crime Related News |
Provided by the Department of Public Safety. View police / crime related news including arrest information. Covers a time span of approximately two weeks.
|Criminal Histories (info) |
Go here to find information from the Connecticut Department of Public Safety on how to mail a written request for a criminal history to the Connecticut State Police Bureau of Identification.
Social Security death index for Connecticut deaths.
|Deaths & Burials 1772-1934 |
Search Connecticut Deaths & Burials recorded between 1772 and 1934. Database contains over 2 million records.
|Delinquent Taxpayers |
Browse the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services top 100 delinquent business and personal taxpayers lists.
|DMV Vanity Plates |
State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles available vanity license plates.
|Elections - Lobbyists |
The state of Connecticut Office of State Ethics provides these searchable databases of registered lobbyists, their clients and various related political and financial filings.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Connecticut for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. For common names, you can also narrow on filings in a single city.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Connecticut instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Government Phone and Email Directory |
Use this Connecticut government phone and email directory to search by name or browse by agency listings for state employee contact information.
Search the Connecticut General Assembly for Legislative Documents and Bills by document, sponsor/cosponsor, committeee, title/action, range, or alphabetically by subject.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Connecticut to view information including photo, DOB, date/city last seen, physical description, name and contact person/number.
|Obituaries - Jewish Ledger |
Search the JewishGen database by surname or town to find obituary notices published in the Connecticut "Jewish Ledger" between 1975 and 2002.
|Undeliverable Tax Refunds |
Use this State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services database to search for undeliverable tax refunds by name or town.
|Worker Compensation Opinions |
Browse this listing of Connecticut Worker Compensation Review Board opinions by year, name and/or statute/regulation/issue to view full texts of opinions.