Public Records Search
Connecticut Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Identification
Connecticut criminal records are considered public information and are available to individuals and employers requesting them. Public criminal records consist of arrests, dispositions and convictions recorded as part of the public record. Sealed records and charges that were dismissed are not available to the public.
Connecticut Court Record Availability
DPS-846-C Form "State Police Bureau of Identification Request" can be downloaded from the website.
Access to Connecticut Court Records
The Connecticut State Police, a division of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), manages criminal records and processes requests for criminal record checks. Criminal records may be requested using the State of Connecticut Criminal History Record Request Form, which is available on the department’s website. A hard copy of all requests should be mailed to the department’s State Police Bureau of Investigation in Middletown. Criminal record requests are not accepted by fax or email at this time.
As of March 2012, the cost of requesting a full criminal history search from the Connecticut State Police is $50, payable to the Treasurer–State of CT. A name search, which confirms whether the record subject is in the department’s database, costs $36.
The Connecticut State Police keeps criminal records throughout the life of the individual and after he or she is deceased. Electronic records date to the early 1990s, when the DESPP database originated, and historical paper records date back much earlier.