Records & Information Management - RIM in Connecticut

State of Connecticut
Office of the Public Records Administrator
Connecticut State Library

211 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106

Phone:  860-757-6540

FAX:  860-757-6542


public records Authority & responsibility 

The Office of the Public Records Administrator [OPRA] is responsible for designing and implementing the Public Records Program for local government agencies and for state agencies within the executive department of government.

OPRA oversees the life cycle of public records; develops standards for record creation, including permanent papers and records stored in electronic format;  publishes records retention schedules and provides records management guidelines. It publishes manuals, general letters, guidelines and standards to keep state and local government agencies informed about current records management issues and requirements. By statute, the Public Records Administrator and State Archivist must approve the disposition of all public records.

In addition, OPRA provides records management guidelines for local government offices; publishes regulations regarding the construction of town record storage vaults and the creation of permanent land maps filed with town clerks; and conducts the annual examination of land record indexes. OPRA also administers grants to municipalities to enhance or improve the preservation and management of local historic documents through the Historic Documents Preservation Program

It also has administrative responsibility for the State Archives and the State Records Center.

State Agency Records Management

The Office of the Public Records Administrator oversees the life cycle of public records created by state agencies within the executive department. The Office develops standards for record creation, including permanent papers and records stored in electronic format. It publishes records retention schedules and provides records management guidelines for these agencies. The Office publishes manuals, general letters, guidelines and standards to keep government agencies informed about current records management issues and requirements. It also operates the State Records Center in Rocky Hill to house and service semi-active state agency records. The Office provides training and workshops for state government employees on a wide range of records management issues and performs inspections to ensure compliance with public records statutes and regulations. Finally, the Office of the Public Records Administrator in conjunction with the State Archives oversees the final disposition of state records either through proper destruction or transfer to the State Archives.