Comprehensive Infomation About How to Find Delaware Public Records
The state of Delaware is located on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and covers an area of 1,982 square miles. The state is populated by 897,934 people, resulting in a population density of 401 persons per square mile. Delaware entered the union in December, 1787, and was the first of the original thirteen states to ratify the U.S. Constitution, later earning it’s state nickname of “The First State”. The capital city of Delaware is Dover. Located just outside the capital city is Dover Air Force Base, one of the main employers in the state. The largest employer, however, is the State of Delaware itself. Because of Delaware’s business friendly corporation and tax franchise laws, 50% of the publicly traded corporations in America are incorporated in Delaware, as well as 60% of Fortune 500 companies.
As in other states, Delaware conforms to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to provide public access to state documents and records in an effort to allow the citizenry to monitor the performance of state agencies and public companies. Information regarding official state decisions, the operation of state agencies and access to meeting minutes can be requested online. Records and documents maintained by most state agencies are also available. Reasonably, there is certain information that is exempt from the FOIA, such as personal medical files, intelligence records, trade secrets, pending litigation, public library users and other records that would infringe on personal privacy rights.
Public Record Center provides a vast resource for quickly locating state documents and records. A concise and easy to follow directory guides researchers to direct links to official state agency web sites, which in turn provide access to viewing recorded information and explain procedures to request and obtain copies. Most state web sites offer online request forms and immediate downloading of data.
Delaware criminal histories and records are maintained by the Delaware State Identification Bureau, a division of the Delaware State Police. This would include crime reports, fingerprint records, firearm purchase approvals and the official state sex offender registry. These records can be requested individually through Kent, Sussex and New Castle counties. Procedures vary by county and are outlined on the Delaware State Police website. A direct link to the page providing these specifics is available through PublicRecordCenter.
Because there are a large number of the nation’s corporations and companies that file in Delaware, public access to state business records and assets are in great demand. Corporation and UCC filing information is available through the office of the Delaware Secretary of State. The Delaware Entity Search is available online and provides a database of both active and inactive entities. Another useful resource is the Recorder of Deeds office maintained by each county. These individual county web sites offer online document searches of land transaction records, corporate filings and financing statements.
Delaware provides public access to many of the state’s court records. The state court system is broken down by individual courts such as Superior, Appellate, Family, Bankruptcy, Supreme, and Court of Common Pleas. The court system provides online database searches via the various court web sites. This information would also include records on civil judgments and liens, divorces and criminal cases.
PublicRecordCenter allows research to be conducted quickly and provides accurate and up to date information when searching for recorded documents online. Follow direct links from a single page to view and obtain public record information and documentation from multiple official state databases.
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