Connecticut Birth Records Search

The agency in charge of all Connecticut birth records is the Department of Public Health.

Connecticut keeps birth records private until they are 100 years old. Then they become public records. The only people who can have access to a copy of your birth certificate are: you if you are 18 or older, your parents, a spouse, siblings, your children, grandchildren, your legal guardian, attorney, a state or a federal agency, local health director of the town you were born, a chief elected official where the birth occurred and a member of the genealogical society

You must also provide a valid, photo ID when requesting a Connecticut birth record search. You can validate your identity with the following:

  • Driver’s license.
  • Social security card.
  • Government-issued ID.
  • Vehicle registration.
  • Utility bill.
  • Military papers.
  • Voter registration card.

If you are requesting a copy for someone other than yourself, you will also need to provide proof of your identity and relationship to the person on record.

Types of Connecticut Birth Records

Connecticut offers a few different types of birth certificates that you can choose to purchase.

  • Birth Certificate - an official Connecticut birth certificate is legal to use to validate your identity for a government, military or educational use.
  • Certification of Birth - this is an official copy that is wallet size so you can carry it around with you to prove your identity.
  • Certification of Foreign Birth - if you were adopted from a foreign country and brought to the U.S., Connecticut can provide you with an official copy of your birth certificate and adoption validation.

Connecticut Population

Currently, Connecticut’s population is just shy of 3.6 million people. It is considered the 29th largest state in the U.S. Connecticut’s population has begun to decline in recent years to the rate of 11% per year. That makes Connecticut one of only seven states in America whose population is declining.

Connecticut is very small with only 5,543 square miles of surface area making it the 48th largest state. However, its population density is way above average with a whopping 738.1 people per square mile. The flat terrain and hospitable areas are likely to account for the high population density. Connecticut was one of the original thirteen states.

State Population
1 birth every 876 seconds

1 death every 1314 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Connecticut. The total population of Connecticut is estimated at 3,587,685 people with 1,750,560 male and 1,837,125 female. There are 86,565 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.21% of the total population.

The Connecticut Gender Ratio is 95 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.95. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Connecticut Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 9.29 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 36,015 total births making it lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 36,015, 0.91% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Connecticut

Top 2 states with a lower birth rate than Connecticut Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Connecticut
Rhode Island - 9.04Delaware - 11.55
New Hampshire - 9.11Texas - 14.03
Kentucky - 13.09
Michigan - 11.30
Maryland - 11.73

Top 5 Counties in Connecticut with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Connecticut with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Connecticut with the highest birth rate
Tolland County - 7.78Fairfield County - 10.66
Litchfield County - 7.79Hartford County - 10.58
Middlesex County - 7.82New Haven County - 10.37
Windham County - 9.48New London County - 9.81
New London County - 9.81Windham County - 9.48

Connecticut Fertility Rate

In Connecticut the fertility rate based on historical data went from 51.36 to 50.29 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 53.42 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 29.33 to 30.16.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Connecticut are Fairfield - 56.85, Hartford - 55.56 and New London - 54.79. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
New Haven County52.71
Windham County50.25
Litchfield County49.68
Middlesex County45.6
Tolland County36.91

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Connecticut Birth Certificate

You can obtain a copy of your Connecticut birth record by visiting any local town office, or you can get one directly from the state’s Department of Public Health.

If you choose to get it directly from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, it will take 6-8 weeks for processing and cost $30. For much quicker processing visit the town where you were born or use the online VitalChek system.

If you visit the local town office, the fee is only $20 and $15 for wallet size. In-person service means you can get a copy while you wait. You can pay with money orders, but personal checks are not accepted.

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $20.00 (City/Town issued)
$30.00 (State issued);
Address:, ,
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Connecticut Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.