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Are Delaware Vital Records Open to the Public?

In compliance with Delaware's public record laws, most vital records are considered confidential. Access is often restricted to either the subjects named on the record, members of the named subject’s immediate family, and legally authorized representatives of the named subject. However, older vital records are more accessible. Vital records become public after a period of at least 40 years from when the record was created.

What Information Do I Need to Search for Delaware Vital Records Online?

Interested parties who wish to search for and possibly obtain vital records online in the state of Delaware may be required to provide information related to the record such as the:

  • Type of record being requested
  • Name of the subject on the record
  • The date the vital event occurred
  • The city and/or county the event occurred
  • The reason the record is being requested
  • Requestor details and relationship to a subject named on the record

 

What Do I Need to Obtain Delaware Vital Records?

Interested parties who wish to obtain vital records in Delaware are required to provide an official valid photo ID. Requestors may also be required to provide proof of their relationship to the subject named on the record.

What’s the difference between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

Informational copies of vital records are usually plain text copies of the record and cannot be used for legal purposes while certified copies of vital records in Delaware may be used for legal purposes and as such contain certain security features so as to prevent their unauthorized duplication or counterfeiting.

Are Delaware Marriage Records Public Information?

Access to marriage records is typically restricted to named parties on the record and a parent, child, legal guardian or legal representative of the named parties. However, marriage records older than 50 years become open to the general public.

How do I find marriage records in Delaware?

Interested parties who wish to obtain marriage records in Delaware may do so at any of the Delaware Vital Statistics Offices located across the state. Requestors will be required to complete either an Application for a Certified Copy of a Delaware Marriage Certificate or an Application for a Certified Copy of a Delaware Same-Gender Marriage Certificate. These forms may also be submitted via mail. Copies of these records cost $25 each.

Interested parties also have the option of obtaining marriage records online through a third-party website. This method is particularly advantageous to requestors who are unable to access vital records either in person or via mail. It should be noted that in addition to the typical fee required for obtaining records in the state of Delaware, a service fee may also be charged when attempting to obtain a vital record online.

Are Delaware Divorce Records Public Information?

Divorce Records in the state of Delaware are public information. However, certified copies of these records may only be obtained by individuals listed on the record and these individuals’ children, parents or legal representatives.

How do I find Divorce Records in Delaware?

In addition to finding and obtaining divorce records online by utilizing the services of a third-party vendor, interested parties who wish to obtain these records may also do so by contacting the records department of the family court in the county where the divorce was granted via the following information:

New Castle County:
Records Department
Family Court
500 N. King St.
Suite 110
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 255-0300

Kent County:
Records Department
Family Court
400 Court Street
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 672-1000

Sussex County:
Records Department
Family Court
22 The Circle
Georgetown, DE 19947
(302) 855-7400

Certified copies of divorce records typically cost $4 while non-certified copies cost $1. This fee is exclusive of any charges incurred if these records are not obtained in person. An additional search fee may also be charged for records that have to be retrieved from state archives.

Are Delaware Birth Records Public Information?

Delaware birth records become open to the public after 72 years. Access to records that are not open yet is restricted to the registrant on the record, the registrant’s current spouse, adult children, parents or legal guardians and a legal representative of any of the aforementioned parties.

How Do I Find Delaware Birth Records?

Interested parties may obtain certified copies of Delaware birth certificates online through a third-party vendor. Certified copies of birth records may also be obtained in person at any of the offices of vital statistics. Requestors will be required to complete an Application for a Certified Copy of a Delaware Birth Certificate. The completed form may also be submitted via mail to any of the vital statistics offices. Certified copies of birth certificates cost $25 each in the state of Delaware.

Are Delaware Death Records Open to the Public?

Death records become public information in the state of Delaware after a period of 40 years. Before these records become public, access to them is restricted to the decedent’s children, current spouse, parent, legal guardian or an authorized representative of the decedent. Death records may also be issued to interested parties for purposes of genealogy. Certified copies of death records may only be obtained by parties who can provide proof of a direct, tangible and legitimate interest in the record.

How Do I Find Death Records in Delaware?

In addition to accessing and obtaining death records by utilizing the services of a third-party website, copies of death records may also be obtained by completing and submitting an Application for a Certified Copy of a Delaware Death Certificate either in person or via mail-in at any of the 3 vital statistics offices located in the state. Copies of death certificates obtained from these offices typically cost $25 each. Parties who wish to obtain these records online may be required to pay an additional service charge.

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Delaware?

In accordance with Delaware state law, non-certified copies of adoption records may be accessed by adoptees that are at least 21 years old. Adoption records may also be obtained by parties who can demonstrate good cause. This includes parties who may require the records for determination and/or protection of personal or property rights. To access these records, requestors will be required to complete an Adoptee Application for a Certified Copy of Original Birth Certificate Form which may be submitted either in person or by mail at any of the state’s vital records offices. The state of Delaware also provides access to these records through a number of third-party websites. It should be noted that adoptee access to certain adoption records may not be granted if an affidavit denying the release of any identifying information has been filed by the birth parent(s) named on the record.

Delaware State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (302) 200-3159

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Delaware

Delaware

  • State Archives hold over 95,000 cubic feet of records.
  • The Superior Court has 19 judicial officials working in the Superior Courts. 
  • There are 3 Superior Courts in Delaware for each county.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: superior and chancery.
  • The highest Court in Delaware is Delaware Supreme Court.

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