Although Connecticut is considered part of New England, much of its southwestern territory is also part of the New York metropolitan area. Bounded by New York on the west, Massachusetts on the north, Rhode Island on the east and Long Island Sound on the south, Connecticut is named after the river that divides it into nearly equal eastern and western halves. Originally settled by the Dutch, English settlers from Massachusetts established the first major political entities: the Connecticut, Saybrook, and New Haven Colonies. In 1662, the three colonies merged to become a single Crown Colony. The Connecticut Colony had previously adopted the Fundamental Orders, which set forth the structure and powers of the government. The Fundamental Orders are considered to be the first written constitution in the New World, earning Connecticut its nickname as “The Constitution State.” That nickname was reinforced after the American Revolution, when the Connecticut Compromise led to the establishment of a bicameral legislature in the United States Constitution.
After Rhode Island and Delaware, Connecticut is the third smallest state at 5,576 square miles. It is the 29th most populous state and the fourth most densely populated. Most of that population resides in the industrial cities along the southern coast and northward through the Connecticut River Valley. The northeastern and northwestern portions of the state are mostly rural and agricultural. Hartford, on the Connecticut River, is the capital and is also known as the “Insurance Capital of the World” thanks to the many insurance company headquarters located there. Port cities on the Long Island Sound coast include Bridgeport, the largest city, as well as New Haven, Stamford, Greenwich, and New London. In addition to insurance, the state’s diverse economy includes finance, manufacturing, shipbuilding, and tourism. Connecticut residents enjoy the nation’s highest per-capita income and 6th highest household income.
Most of Connecticut has a humid continental climate, with cold winters and mild, wet summers. The coastal region has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and milder winters. Average monthly temperatures range from lows in the 20s to highs in the mid-80s. The state’s long coastline moderates the climate, and also provided seaports that facilitated its early industrial expansion. That maritime tradition may have also been responsible for Connecticut’s second nickname – “The Nutmeg State” – when sailors returned to port with nutmeg, a prized spice in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
Connecticut is divided geographically into eight counties, but Connecticut and its neighbor Rhode Island are the only states with no county government. Counties in Connecticut exist today mainly as subdivisions of the state court system. As in the other New England states, the unit of local government is the town. Connecticut is divided into 169 towns, each with its own government. Connecticut also has 21 cities that occupy the boundaries of their towns and have merged city/town governments. Nine boroughs, smaller units within a town, make up the rest of Connecticut’s local governmental units.
Connecticut public records may be found by visiting our directory below of all types, including criminal records, government agencies, and official documents.
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There are two types of public records: 1) personal public records that document major life milestones such as birth certificates, death certificates, divorce records, and marriage records, etc.; and 2) government records that are made public such as property tax records, recorded land records, voter records, crime data, jail inmate records, and court records. The Freedom of Information Act is a national law that releases government agency public records and makes it possible to view most public records. Since there are a multitude of records available, it can be difficult to know how or where to access them.
Connecticut’s first public records law, enacted in 1975, covers all data or information “relating to the conduct of the public’s business” that is under the control of any public agency. It permits any citizen to make a request without providing a reason, and gives public agencies four days to respond. The state has a Freedom of Information Commission, which provides a website with information about the law.
When you are ready to start your search, you’ll find our Public Records Directory website easy to use since all of the records can be searched by federal, state, city, town, or type of record. The links provided will connect you to the best website for the record search, provide details about the record, or provide contact information for those records without search capabilities.
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Fast access to Connecticut public record sources at the state level.
Additional Connecticut public records links can be found on our Connecticut county and city level pages using the navigation links above.
- Connecticut Land Records and Deeds Directory
- Connecticut Foreclosures and Tax Lien Sales Directory
- Connecticut Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory
- Connecticut GIS and Mapping Directory
- Connecticut Genealogy Records Directory
- Connecticut Birth Records Directory
- Connecticut Death Records Directory
- Connecticut Marriage Records Directory
- Connecticut Divorce Records Directory
Community Health & Safety
- Connecticut Sustainability and Environmental Health Directory
- Connecticut Traffic Cameras and Reports Directory
- Connecticut Crimes and Crime Data Directory
Jobs & Employment
Criminal and Court Records
- Connecticut Warrants Directory
- Connecticut Jail and Inmate Records Directory
- Connecticut Sex Offender Registration Directory
Licensing and Permits
- Connecticut Business Licenses Directory
- Connecticut Contractor Licenses Directory
- Connecticut Professional Licenses Directory
- Connecticut Bar Associations Directory
- Connecticut Permits and Inspections Directory
Codes, Regulations, & Other
Other Connecticut Public Records
As the home of Yale University and many other colleges and universities, Connecticut takes education seriously – so much so that it is against the law to sell any assignment to any student. Connecticut has some unique types of public records too, such as daily air quality index data, cold case files, and insurance business licenses. More examples of public access records available in the Connecticut may be found below.
|State of Connecticut Home Page
|Air Quality Index
View Connecticut daily air quality data by town.
|Attorney Firm Inquiry
Search the Connecticut Judicial Branch attorney inquiry database for information about attorneys who are active, suspended, disbarred, inactive, retired, resigned or deceased.
|Businesses and Corporations
Search Connecticut Commercial Recording Division's corporation and business records by name, business ID, or filing number.
|Campaign Finance Reports
Search Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission campaign filings by Committee type, document type or candidate.
|Census Information Summary
Connecticut statistics for population, ethnicity, housing, geography and businesses. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
|Clandestine Drug Laboratory Register
View the addresses of some locations in Connecticut where law enforcement agencies reported they found chemicals or other items that indicated the presence of either clandestine drug laboratories or dumpsites.
|Connecticut Professional and Occupational Licensing Directory
Complete directory of all professional and occupational licensing agencies in the state of Connecticut.
|Court Records and other Resources
Links to state and local court records, general Connecticut court information, directory of courts, and online resources for courts in Connecticut.
|DEA Most Wanted
View listings and photos of the most wanted persons of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division. This office handles Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
|Department of Public Safety News
View Connecticut Department of Public Safety current and archived press releases including criminal activity and arrests by date.
Search Connecticut General Assembly legislative documents and bills by session year, title, party, committee, legislator or bill number range.
Search for your Connecticut representative by town or address.
Search the Connecticut State Library databases including genealogy resources, consumer health, newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and general reference materials. A Connecticut library card number is required to access these resources.
Search the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website by name, city, date range or physical description.
Search Connecticut obituary records by name of deceased, publication date or obituary text. Searching is free, but you must pay to see the full text.
View information about obtaining copies of Connecticut criminal history records and accident reports.
|Procurement Bidder Notification Registration
Subscribe to receive notification of Connecticut bids and requests for proposals.
View Connecticut directory of charitable organizations.
Search or view Connecticut registered lobbyist reports from 2005 to present.
Search the Connecticut State Archives for Civil War and Spanish American War veterans, World War I veterans, and Wethersfield State Prison records from 1800 through 1903.
Search Connecticut statutes from the General Assembly using statutes index.
View locations of superfund sites in the state of Connecticut.
|Swimming Area Water Quality Reports
View Connecticut State swimming area water quality reports including location and status.
|Water System Violation Reports
View Connecticut Department of Public Health annual reports on public water system violations from 2001 to present.