How to Obtain a Certified Connecticut Vital Record (birth, marriage, death, etc. record)
A copy of a certified Connecticut vital record may be obtained directly from:
1. the TOWN where the event occurred, or
2. from the STATE Vital Records Office
Town Vital Records Offices Contact Information
Vital Records offices are located in each of the 169 towns in Connecticut. The vital records registrar in each town is responsible for maintaining a registry of all births, marriages, civil unions, deaths and fetal deaths that occur within its town. To obtain a copy of a vital record from the town where the event occurred, see the Connecticut Town Vital Records Directory
for the address and telephone contact information for the vital records office in each of the 169 towns in Connecticut.
State Vital Records Office
The State Vital Records Office at the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) maintains a statewide registry of all births, marriages, civil unions, deaths and fetal deaths that have occurred in CT since July 1, 1897. For information on vital records prior to July 1, 1897, contact the town where the vital event occurred. See the Town Vital Records Directory
for town contact information.
If you wish to request a copy of a vital record from the State Vital Records Office, please note the current processing time at the State of CT is approximately six (6) to eight (8) weeks for requests for birth, death, fetal death, and marriage certificates that are received through the mail. Certificates ordered from the State or town through the mail are sent to customers via regular mail. Regular mail does not afford the opportunity to track the status of delivery as does UPS mail.
For faster processing, you may also obtain an official, certified copy of the certificate from the town where the event occurred,
if a "State" certified copy of a vital record is not needed. Please contact the town for specific processing times. For the town address and telephone number, click on the following link for the Town Vital Records Directory
Expedited processing service is also available
for an additional fee for requests ordered on-line via VitalChek
. VitalChek, a third party vendor approved by the CT DPH, allows customers to order certificates from CT through either a toll free telephone number or on-line. VitalChek is the only third party vendor approved by CT DPH to accept vital record orders
The State Vital Records Office does not accept credit cards or online orders for vital records; however, for your convenience, you can request a certificate online through VitalChek
Network, Inc. an independent company that the State Vital Records Office and several CT town Vital Records offices have partnered with to provide you this service. VitalChek
can be reached either through its website, www.vitalcheck.com
, or by phone at 1-866-809-0839. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek
for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. Only requests ordered via Vitalchek allow customers to pay for certificates with a credit card and to track the status of ordered certificates that are sent by UPS overnight mail.
Please note that no searches for vital record information will be conducted by the State office except in response to a submitted application and applicable payment for a vital record. If unsure about any detail of a requested record, such as the exact date or town where the event occurred, complete the application for the record as best as possible and submit it and the necessary payment to the State or town office. If no record of the requested event is found, the submitted payment will be returned to the sender.
To proceed with a non-expedited request
for a copy of a certificate from the State or town Vital Records Office, please refer to the appropriate link on the Frequently Asked Questions page
Vital Records prior to 1897 – Connecticut State Library
For additional information on pre-1897 vital records, you may also contact the Connecticut State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit at http://www.cslib.org/handg.htm
or by telephone at (860) 757-6580. At the state library, you will be able to access the Barbour Collection which includes most Connecticut Vital Records to about 1850. You may also access the collection of Connecticut vital records that have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah which includes most Connecticut vital records to about 1900. The vital records microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah may also be accessed at a Genealogical Society of Utah Family History Center. To find locations for a Family History Center near you, you may access http://www.cslib.org/ldsmicro.htm
or refer to your local phone book.
Department of Public Health State Vital Records Office
Birth Records: 1897 – present
Death Records: 1897 – present
Death Indexes: 1949 – present
Marriage Records: 1897 – present
Marriage Indexes: 1959 – present
State Vital Records Office Mailing Address:
CT Department of Public Health
Vital Records Office
410 Capitol Ave. MS#11VRS
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
State Vital Records Customer Service Hours of Operation:
Customer Service Window - Hours of Operation
410 Capitol Ave, 8:15AM to 3:45PM Monday - Friday
Telephone Customer Service - for birth, death and marriage certificates
Phone: (860) 509-7700 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm
Telephone Customer Service - for Paternity related questions
Phone (860) 509-7958 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm
Vital Records Fax: (860) 509-7964
The City of Hartford Vital Records Office
and the State Vital Records Office are both located in the city of Hartford. If you intend to send a request to the City of Hartford for a vital event that took place in Hartford, you must send it to:
550 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Do NOT send it to the address for the State Vital Records Office (also located in Hartford) unless you intend to purchase a state certified copy of your vital record.
The information provided to the State Vital Records Office is analyzed each year and a vital statistics report (Registration Report
) is published on a variety of birth and death statistics.
Links to Vital Records News