The statewide recording and storage of Connecticut Marriage Records was mandated in1897 and began on July of that year. At present, this function is still ongoing at the Connecticut State Department of Public Health through the Vital Records Office within its Vital Records Division. Marriage files recorded within Connecticut are open to the general public. Any individual who is 18 years old or older may request a copy of any Connecticut Marriage Certificate at this office. Pre-1897 documentations may be obtained from the town clerk in the town or city where the marriage took place.
Applications to the Vital Records Office can be made in person, by mail or online. Online requests are subcontracted out to an independent partner. Connecticut regulations do not allow requests made by telephone. Basic information such as the couple’s names and date of marriage is required to facilitate the identification of the record. The town in which the marriage was initially recorded must also be provided. Each file copy requested costs $5. Payments are accepted in the form of check or money order to the State Treasurer. Online requests must be paid by credit card to the external contractor account. Social security numbers are released only when the request is made by either the groom or bride on the Marriage Certificate.