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
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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.
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.
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 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 - 7.78||Fairfield County - 10.66|
|Litchfield County - 7.79||Hartford County - 10.58|
|Middlesex County - 7.82||New Haven County - 10.37|
|Windham County - 9.48||New London County - 9.81|
|New London County - 9.81||Windham 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:
|New Haven County||52.71|
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
$30.00 (State issued);