Delaware Public Records

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Look below to find the statewide resources we feel are most useful.  To research databases from Delaware cities and counties, or to check licenses, use the toolbars on the left side.

  • Court System - The Delaware court system has four levels. First is the Justice of the Peace Courts, which handle civil cases under $15K, misdemeanors & non-felony motor vehicle cases. At the next level are the Court of Common Pleas and Family Courts. The former handles civil cases up to $50K, non-drug/traffic misdemeanors & felony preliminary hearings. The latter handles family & juvenile matters. Third are the Superior & Chancery Courts. The Superior Court is the general jurisdiction court that handles civil cases of any size, felonies, drug offenses & appeals from lower courts. The Court of Chancery handles equity matters involving corporations, trusts, estates, commercial & contract cases. At the top is the Supreme Court, responsible for appeals from the Chancery, Superior & Family courts.  Delaware Court Records
  • Criminal Records - Some misdemeanors and non-felony motor vehicle cases are handled by the Justice of the Peace Courts. The Court of Common Pleas handles non-drug & non-traffic misdemeanors and felony preliminary hearings. The Family Court oversees juvenile matters. Felony and drug offenses are handled at the Superior Court level.  To discover what databases are available to you, move to our Delaware Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records - Birth, death, and marriage certificates are provided by: Office of Vital Statistics, Jesse S. Cooper Bldg, 417 Federal Street, Dover, DE 19901, (302) 744-4549, Fax: (302) 736-1862. You can get divorce certificates from the county where the divorce was granted.  Head over to our Vital Records page for historical statewide birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for Delaware, statewide deaths & burials from 1815 to 1955, New Castle County Wills, and Delaware probate records from 1680 to 1925; and statewide historical marriages, and information on ordering marriage certificates.


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Attorney General Opinions

State of Delaware Department of Justice Attorney General opinions.

Attorneys - Disciplinary Actions

Search or browse the Delaware Digest of Lawyer Discipline by name for Delaware attorney sanctions.

Birth Records 1861-1922

Delaware birth records recorded between 1861 and 1922 and view document images.

Births & Christenings 1710-1896

Delaware birth, baptism, and christening records between 1710 and 1896.

Campaign Financing Reports

Search for Delaware Campaign Financing Reports by Committee, Candidate, or PACS name.

Code & Constitution

Search by keyword or browse Delaware Constitution and Code by title number and chapter.

County Records

Search public records free in Delaware counties.

Deaths & Burials 1815-1955

Delaware burial and death records filed between 1815 and 1955.

Deaths - Probate Records 1680-1925

Search the Delaware Department of State probate database by name, race, or date.

Delinquent Taxpayers

Browse this database of individuals and businesses who have one or more unpaid tax liens with the Delaware Division of Revenue, which they have failed to repay or arrange to repay.


Browse the Delaware Employee register by contact, department or state location code.

Environmental - Criminal Enforcement Actions

Browse these criminal enforcement actions issued by the DNREC from the past 90 days.

Escapees & Walkaways

Alphabetical list of wanted escapees and walkaways from the Delaware Department of Correction.

Financial Institutions

Financial institutions in Delaware. Lists provide address, phone number and officer information. PDF format.

Financial Institutions | Non-Depository

Delaware Office of the State Bank Commissioner list of licensed non-depository financial institutions.

GIS Maps

Delaware GIS historic, recreation, geology, elections, geological survey, bridge, transportation, watershed maps, and more.

Historic Markers

Search the State of Delaware, Department of State Public Archives for Historic Markers by word or phrase.


Search for Delaware House & Senate Bills & Resolutions by Bill Type, Bill Number, full text search, or browse by year.

Licenses | Professional, Medical, Business

Search for Delaware state professional and business licenses for physicians, CPAs, attorneys, contractors, dentists, realtors, and many others.


Browse this Adobe Acrobat .pdf file by employer name for registered lobbyists in Delaware.

Marriages 1713-1953

Delaware marriages recorded between 1713 and 1953.

Naturalization Records

Search the Delaware Department of State Public Archives for Naturalization Records by place of origin or last name.


Search for property information in Delaware by property description, street or town of owner, or neighborhood.

Protective Orders

Search for Delaware protective orders by case number and respondent name and county of issuance.

Slavery Papers

Browse this Delaware Department of State Public Archive register of Slavery documents.

Uniform Commercial Code  Information

The State of Delaware doesn't provide an online UCC database. What they do is recommend you to a list of authorized searchers who will search (for a fee) Division of Corporations UCC records on your behalf.


Voter registration lookup from the Delaware Department of Elections. Use this service to find if you're registered to vote in Delaware and how you're registered.

Delaware is located in the Northeast Region of the United States. The Capital is Dover and the largest city is Wilmington.  The Official Web Site is located at  Delaware is the 45th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 935,614 and the 2010 census population was 897,936.  The land area is 1,948.54 square miles and there are 460.8 persons per square mile.

71.1% of the population is White, 22.1% is Black or African American, 8.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 3.6% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.4% are two or more races. 87.7% are a high school graduate or higher, and 28.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $235,800. There are on average 2.63 persons per household, the per capita income is $29,819, the median household income is $59,878, and 11.7% of the persons in Delaware are considered below poverty level.

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