- Town Clerk
- Birth Certificates
Births are recorded in the town where the child was actually born, with a certified copy being forwarded to the town where the parents reside. We will not have certificates unless one of those two conditions is met.
Access to certified copies of birth records less than 100 years old is restricted in Connecticut. Persons 18 yrs of age or older permitted access include the person whose birth was recorded, the person’s children, grandchildren, spouse, parent, guardian or grandparent, attorney representing the registrant or registrant’s parent, child, guardian or surviving spouse, head of the municipality and local director of health where birth occurred, and certain genealogical societies registered in the State of Connecticut.
A certified copy of a birth certificate of an adopted person may be issued; however, the original birth record remains sealed unless ordered open by the Court.
Certified copies of birth certificates: A full-size may be obtained for $20.00, or a wallet-sized for $15.00 (not always accepted by certain institutions).
Issuance of a birth certificate is regulated. The written request must be accompanied by a government photo ID of the person making the request, or 2 other forms of approved identification.
Verification of the relationship to the person named on the certificate must be provided; for example:
- If you are requesting a copy of your grandchild’s certificate, you must also submit a copy of your child’s long form birth certificate (unless said parent was born in Ledyard – then just give us the date of birth).
- If you are requesting a copy of your spouse’s birth certificate, you must also submit a copy of your marriage certificate (unless the marriage took place in Ledyard – then just give us the date of the marriage).
- If you are requesting a copy of your parent’s birth certificate, you must also submit a copy of your long-form birth certificate (unless you were born in Ledyard).
Here is the printable request form for Ledyard: (Birth Certificate Request)