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Delaware Public RecordsDelaware is one of the original states formed by Europeans in the U.S. While many historic records are available as a result of its long history, many current records are available as well. Certain records have restrictions in place for privacy reasons, such as vital records. Delaware birth records, death and marriage records are available through the Division of Public Health to authorized individuals. Delaware public records also include unrestricted access to divorce records, which are maintained by the Family Courts, while access to civil and criminal court records is overseen by the Superior Courts. Limited online access is available to Delaware court records, while the State Bureau of Identification controls access to Delaware criminal records. Only the person of record is permitted to review criminal history. For historic Delaware public records, visit the Delaware Public Archives in Dover to access military, cemetery and vital records.

  • Request Delaware death records, marriage and birth records from the Division of Public Health. Requests are accepted by mail, in person or online through VitalChek. Only authorized individuals may obtain copies of these Delaware public records.
  • Delaware divorce records are available at the Family Court that heard the case. There are no restrictions to access these records.
  • Delaware court records, both civil and criminal, are available through the Superior Court that handled the case. Some are available online through the public access portal, which is a free service through the Delaware State Courts website.
  • Request your own Delaware criminal records from the Bureau of Identification by mail. Fingerprints are required to ascertain identity.
  • Access historic Delaware military records, cemetery and vital records at the Public Archives in Dover. Copies of specific records can be requested by mail or email and mailed for a fee.
  • About Delaware Public Records

    Delaware is an open records state; however, certain records are restricted from public viewing. Delaware birth records are restricted from public inspection for 72 years. Death and marriage records are restricted for 40 years. Prior to this time period, authorized individuals, to include the person of record, immediate family member or legal representative may request copies from the Division of Public Health. Other Delaware public records that are restricted f rom public inspection are criminal records maintained by the State Police Bureau of Identification.

    Individuals have the right to inspect personal Delaware criminal records and request amendments if necessary. These require fingerprints to establish positive identity. This means that any criminal records associated with those fingerprints, regardless of name or identifying characteristics, will be returned. Delaware divorce records are not restricted, although these are maintained by the Family Court that handled the case and must be requested there.

    Accessing Delaware Gov Public Records

    The Delaware State Courts website gives an overview of all the courts and their functions. It also provides a link to the online public access tool to search certain types of Delaware court records. These include civil and criminal cases heard by the Superior Courts, Courts of Common Pleas and Justice of the Peace courts. These Delaware gov public records are available to the public. The online tool provides an overview of the case details, but copies or specifics should be requested from the specific court listed on the case record.

    The Family Court system, which hears divorce cases, does not offer online access to its court cases. However, in person requests are allowed. Although certain Family Court records are protected, divorce records are not.

    Search Public Records in Delaware

    The Delaware Public Archives is a goldmine of historic information and records that are readily available to the public. Although Delaware is not a large state, a visit to this Dover facility might not be possible. The good news is that copies of records can be requested by phone, mail or by filling out an online form and emailing it to library staff. However, genealogy research can’t be performed by library staff, as it’s too time consuming. Search public records in Delaware for historic military records, cemetery and vital records by making a trip to the Public Archives.

    Also, the Public Archives offers free access to its Digital Archives, which offers limited online access to Delaware military records from the Civil War and World War II. Although a public records search for Delaware vital records will yield many results, these are not available online. Instead, use the online resources to plan your visit.



     
    State of Delaware Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    873,092

     
    Under 18:
    205,646

     
    Over 65:
    117,678

     
    Employed:
    543,093

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    1,953.56

     
    Acres of Farms:
    540,080

     
    Births:
    11,643

     
    Deaths:
    7,472

     
    Infant Deaths:
    105

     
     
    Murder:
    57

     
    Forcible Rape:
    366

     
    Robbery:
    1,838

     
    Assault:
    3,880

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    6,141

     
    Burglary:
    6,670

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    20,002

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    2,541

     
    Total Property Crime:
    31,303

     
    Delaware Public Records Locations
    Delaware State Police
    Traffic Control Section
    PO Box 430
    Dover, DE 19903
    Phone:
    302-739-5931

    Fax:
    302-739-5936










    Attorney General's Office
    Carvel State Office Bldg
    820 N French St, 6th Fl
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Fax:
    302-577-6630










     
    Department of Health
    Office of Vital Statistics
    417 Federal St
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone:
    302-744-4549










    Secretary of State
    Corporation Records
    PO Box 898
    Dover, DE 19903
    Phone:
    302-739-3073

    Fax:
    302-739-3812










     
    Delaware State Police
    State Bureau of Identification
    PO Box 430
    Dover, DE 19903-0430
    Phone:
    302-739-2134

    Fax:
    302-739-5888










    Department of Health
    Office of Vital Statistics
    417 Federal St
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone:
    302-744-4549










     
    Division of Motor Vehicles
    Driver's License Unit
    PO Box 698
    Dover, DE 19903
    Phone:
    302-744-2506

    Fax:
    302-739-2602










    Department of Education
    Adult Education - GED Testing
    35 Commerce Way #1
    Dover, DE 19904
    Phone:
    302-857-3348

    Fax:
    302-739-1770










     
    Office of the Governor
    820 N French St, 12th Floor
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Phone:
    302-577-3210

    Fax:
    302-577-3118










    Delaware Department of Corrections
    Director of Central Offender Records
    245 McKee Rd
    Dover, DE 19904
    Phone:
    302-857-5490

    Fax:
    302-739-7486










     
    Legislative Hall
    Division of Research
    PO Box 1401
    Dover, DE 19903
    Phone:
    302-744-4114

    Fax:
    302-739-5318










    Department of Health
    Office of Vital Statistics
    417 Federal St
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone:
    302-744-4549










     
    Delaware State Police
    Sex Offender Central Registry
    PO Box 430
    Dover, DE 19903-0430
    Phone:
    302-672-5306

    Fax:
    302-739-5888










    Delaware Public Archives
    121 Duke of York St
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone:
    302-744-5000

    Fax:
    302-739-6710










     
    Administrative Office of the Courts
    Supreme Court of Delaware
    500 N King St, #11600
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Phone:
    302-255-0090

    Fax:
    302-255-2217










    UCC Division
    Secretary of State
    PO Box 793
    Dover, DE 19903
    Phone:
    302-739-3077

    Fax:
    302-739-3813










     
    DMV - Administration
    Vehicle Records
    PO Box 698
    Dover, DE 19903
    Phone:
    302-744-2596

    Fax:
    302-739-3152










    Labor Department
    Industrial Accident Board
    4425 N Market Street, 3rd Fl
    Wilmington, DE 19802
    Phone:
    302-761-8200 Ext. 2

    Fax:
    302-761-6601










     
     

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