Obtaining a Connecticut birth certificate can lead to jumping through a ton of hoops and running around in circles by different departments. If you don’t know the basics about how to get a birth certificate in Connecticut, finding a starting point can be very difficult. Specifically in Connecticut, the process of obtaining your own birth certificate can drive some people up a wall.
This article contains all the information someone will need to go about getting a Connecticut birth certificate in a timely fashion, without all of the waiting and headaches. Keep in mind that even though these instructions will work for most people, obtaining a Connecticut birth certificate will still be a lot of tedious work and these instructions might not apply to some. Be patient in your endeavors to get a birth certificate in Connecticut. If the right steps are taken, you can obtain your Connecticut birth certificate without too many major issues, headaches or roadblocks getting in your way. Remember, patience and persistence are the keys to obtaining your Connecticut birth certificate.
How to Get a Birth Certificate in Connecticut?
Find an internet connection and type in Connecticut’s Official State Website. It should be the very first search result Google produces and should have a URL that contains CT.gov in it. Once this website has been located, step one is over. Step two, on the Connecticut Official State Website, navigate to the search bar in the upper middle of the first page you land on. It should say: Search Connecticut Government.
You’re going to need to search the website so you can find the process of obtaining your birth certificate in Connecticut. In the search box, simply type in ‘birth certificate’ in and press the search icon to the right or hit the ‘enter’ key on your keyboard. This should result in a series of links and answers to your search. Step three, click on the very first result that should read ‘Birth Certificates’. Now we’re at step four and the instructions about what to do next to obtain a birth certificate in Connecticut will get more technical.
For births occurring after Jan. 1, 2003, there is a separate set of instructions then there is for births occurring before Jan. 1, 2003. If the birthday falls after Jan. 1, 2003, a Connecticut birth certificate request will need to be sent from any town’s vital records office to the State Vital Records Office.
For births that occurred before Jan. 1, 2003, obtaining a Connecticut birth certificate is more tedious. If born after Jan. 1, 2003, you can only request a birth certificate in Connecticut from town vital records office of the town where the birth occurred, the town vital records office of the town where the birth occurred or the State Vital Records Office.
Connecticut Birth Certificate Request
The actual Connecticut birth certificate request process is another tedious step to obtaining a birth certificate in Connecticut. Only certain people can request to obtain a birth certificate in the state of Connecticut. This is because Connecticut birth certificates are not open to the general public. Connecticut birth certificates can only be requested by people who are age 18 and older, an emancipated minor or a certified homeless youth.
Additionally, parents can request a birth certificate in Connecticut for their children as long as they are the legal guardian, grandparent, spouse, adult child or adult grandchild. Other people in Connecticut that can request a birth certificate for another person are: an attorney-at-law representing the person named on the birth certificate, an agent of approved state or federal agency, a member of a Connecticut genealogical society or Conservator of Person. These people can all request a Connecticut birth certificate for another person or for themselves.
There are specific instructions for representatives of the state to request a Connecticut birth certificate for someone else. These include signing an official request on agency letterhead, submitting a copy of picture identification issued by an agency, submitting a release of information form along with an official copy of a guardianship decree issued by the proper legal jurisdiction. Only when all of these appropriate forms and identifications are submitted can a representative of the state submit a request to obtain a Connecticut birth certificate for someone else.
Connecticut Birth Certificate Application
At the very bottom of the information page about requesting a birth certificate is a link to the Connecticut birth certificate application. This page includes a large variety of links and forms about submitting a Connecticut birth certificate application that can be confusing. There is one list of links specifically for town vital records and applications. This list of links can be used for submitting an application to request a Connecticut birth certificate from a town. These birth certificate applications must be completed and mailed to the Town Vital Records office. The appropriate address and phone number for the Town Vital Records office can be found on the town website or on an embedded link in the application at the very top.
After scrolling down on the applications and forms page, the second list of links can be found. These links are for anyone looking to submit a request to the State Vital Records Office using a Connecticut birth certificate application. The very first link in this list will load the Connecticut birth certificate application needed for state offices. Please note this application is different than the application for the Town Vital Records office. This application must be completed and mailed to the State Vital Records office using the address at the very top.