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.
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.
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.
Delaware's Alderman's court hears cases involving misdemeanors traffic and minor violations. Delaware's justice of the peace courts have jurisdiction over real property rights ($0/$15,000), small claims (where the amount in controversy ranges from $0-$15,000). Criminal justice court hears misdemeanor cases.
Family courts have exclusive jurisdiction over domestic relations matters. The justice of the peace courts have exclusive jurisdiction over juvenile matters, hear cases involving misdemeanors, traffic, criminal appeals and hold venue to preliminary hearings. Delaware's courts of common pleas hear tort cases, contract cases, real property rights cases ($0/$50,000), and other miscellaneous civil and civil appeals matters.
Superior courts hear torts, contracts, real property rights, mental health matters, civil and civil appeals, exclusive felony jurisdiction of misdemeanors and criminal appeals matters.
Chancery courts hear torts, contracts, real property rights matters, and mental health matters, has exclusive jurisdiction over estate matters.
State's highest court, the Delaware Supreme court has mandatory jurisdiction over cases involving civil matters, capital criminal matters, criminal matters, disciplinary matters, advisory opinions for the executive and legislature and original proceeding matters, has discretion to hear ("discretionary jurisdiction") cases involving civil matters, noncapital criminal matters, certified questions from federal courts, and interlocutory decision matters.
Search state repository for criminal records in Delaware.
- Delaware State Bureau of Identification
Central repository for criminal history information in the state of Delaware.
- Delaware State Criminal Courts
Public access to criminal judicial records, transcripts of trials, fees and filings.
- Delaware Criminal History Checks
Criminal history record checks and child protection record checks.
- Locate an Offender
Find the location and release information of individuals incarcerated with the Delaware Dept. of Corrections.
- Delaware Escapees
List of absconders and fugitives from the Delaware Department of Corrections.
- Delaware Sex Offenders
Search the Delaware State Police database of registered offenders by name or location.
- Delaware Most Wanted
Current posting of fugitives and absconders in the state of Delaware.
- Delaware Criminal Record Expungements
Information and resources to assist in expunging criminal records state and nationwide.
Access arrest records directly from Delaware law enforcement agencies individually. Request information of incidents, charges and details from state and local police departments. Records division contact information and requirements to order official reports.
- Delaware State Police
Traffic section, domestic violence unit and more.
- Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
Fishing licenses, hunting licenses and more.
- Delaware Attorney General
Public, law enforcement, consumers, victims, media and reporting.
- Delaware Department of Justice
Information for the public from the Delaware department of Justice
Search government agencies open to the public to find assets of companies, corporations, or individuals.
- New Castle County Recorder of Deeds
- Kent County Recorder of Deeds
- Sussex County Recorder of Deeds
- Delaware Division of Corporations
Retrieve information on a Delaware entity. Get entity name, file number, incorporation/formation date, registered agent name, address, phone number and residency. You can also order a Certificate of Status, Certified Copy of a filed document or a Plain Copy of same.
- Delaware State Courts
Civil cases including judgments, liens, awards and more.
- Delaware Business & Corporation Entity Search
Find active and inactive corporations by name from the Delaware Secretary of State.
- Delaware Fictitious Business Names Filings
Search business corporation name availability or other business entity, file with the Delaware Division of Corporations.
- Delaware Licenses Verification
Search and verify Delaware professional licensing status, issue date, expiration date, public disciplines and details.
- Delaware Property Records
Conduct a free property search by accessing Delaware property tax records statewide.
- Delaware Unclaimed Property
Find your unclaimed property and check existing claim status from the office of the state treasurer.