Connecticut Background Checks and Public Records

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The State of Connecticut

The State of Connecticut is located in the southernmost of New England and is the fourth most densely populated state. This very affluent state is also part of the New York tri-state area. Background checks in Connecticut must include checks is the nearby states as well as the rest of New England. It’s important to note that as a relatively small area, towns handle functions that counties would handle in less densely-populated states.

Counties in Connecticut

FairfieldNew Haven
HartfordNew London

Where To Get Public Records In Connecticut

The Department of Public Health records information on vital statistics such as birth, death, fetal death, civil unions, and divorce records. Note that birth records can only be accessed under certain circumstances. Records available online start from 1992; Vital statistics dating back to July 1, 1897, follow a special procedure.

The Department of Corrections keeps all inmate and jail records while the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch keeps the court records. If you are looking to access more detailed criminal records or criminal histories, then it is best to go to the Judicial Law Libraries.

Accessing and Acquiring Public Records In Connecticut

The Freedom of Information Act has made it relatively easy to access public records. The Connecticut FOIA basically granted its citizens access to information that affects the public such as real estate sales, court rulings, zoning ordinances, and more.

Public records in Connecticut can be accessed online. Criminal background checks can be started through the offender’s information search or the case look-up, free of charge. Background checks can also be requested through an online application form, for a $50 charge. Vital and genealogical records may be acquired through DPH’s website, with a corresponding fee.

One could also visit satellite offices in person or request in writing to access public records. There are third-party sites as well providing such information.

Connecticut Background Check Reports

The Department of Public Safety Division of State Police Bureau of Identification is the official issuer of background information in Connecticut. They can perform a name or fingerprint-based search with a $50 fee.

Depending on the purpose, one may be permitted to use non-FCRA compliant third-party services. If you’re one of the FCRA’s cited parties, however, you must use the state’s service or FCRA-approved service providers.

The Connecticut background checks follow federal laws such as Fair Credit Reporting Act 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (FCRA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

To strengthen their fight against job applicant discrimination, the state has also implemented in 2017 the Ban-the-Box policy (HB 5237) which requires private and public employers to remove criminal history inquiries on the job application form. Furthermore, Connecticut has implemented additional state laws and regulations: (1) Conn. Gen. Stat.31-51i(h); (2) Public Act No. 11-223.

Connecticut Official Websites

Frequently Asked Questions About Connecticut Background Checks

How far back does a background check go in Connecticut?

In Connecticut, there is no year limit pertaining to criminal background checks as CT does not follow the FCRA’s seven-year rule. 

How do I get a background check in CT?

All background checks in CT must be done through the State Police Bureau of Identification. Their website specifies the requirements for all fingerprint and non-fingerprint checks including what you need and fees. 

What does a state background check consist of?

State background checks typically consist of one’s state-level criminal history including convictions. Education, employment, and credit history may be included as well depending on who is requesting the background check. 

Are CT divorce records public?

Yes, divorce records are considered public in Connecticut. To request these, contact the Connecticut Superior Court where the divorce was granted.