Delaware Background Checks

Certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates are available in person or upon written request to the State of Delaware. There are three offices available in Dover, Newark and Georgetown. Official photo ID and the fee of $25 must accompany requests for vital records copies that may be used for Delaware background checks. The fee applies to the search even if the certificate is not found. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Office of Vital Statistics.

Requests for marriage certificate copies must include both names, birth dates and the place in Connecticut where the license was issued. A portion of the fee goes to domestic violence programs and part of death certificate fees are donated to Delaware’s Distressed Cemetery Fund. A request for a copy of a death certificate, such as those wanted for Delaware background checks, must state the requestor’s relationship to the deceased. Divorce records must be accessed through the courts in the town in which the divorce was granted.

Delaware Criminal Background Checks






State of Delaware
Jesse S. Cooper Building
417 Federal St.
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4549
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4:15pm

State of Delaware
University Office Plaza
Chopin Building
258 Chapman Rd.
Newark, DE 19702
Phone: (302) 283-7130
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4:15pm

State of Delaware
Thurman Adams State Service Center
546 South Bedford St.
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: (302) 856-5495
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4:15pm

Delaware Criminal Background Checks
The Delaware State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is the main repository for statewide criminal history information. The SBI manages the state sex offender registry, files criminal reports and conducts fingerprinting analysis. Delaware background checks for criminal history searches require fingerprints and photo ID. The fee for a state criminal background check is $52.50. A criminal history search that covers both Delaware state and a federal search is $69.00. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Delaware State Police.

The following three locations are available for Delaware criminal background checks and fingerprinting services:

Delaware State Bureau of Identification
Sussex County – Satellite Facility
Police Troop Four
(Shortly Road and South DuPont Hwy.)
Georgetown, DE 19947

By appointment only
Phone: (302) 739-2528
Hours: Every second Wednesday from 12pm – 6:30pm

Delaware State Bureau of Identification
New Castle County – Satellite Facility
Police Troop Two
100 LaGrange Avenue
(Route 40 between Route 72 and Route 896)
Newark, DE 19702

By appointment only
Phone: (302) 739-2528

Same day service is not available. Results of the criminal background check will be sent to the requestor as soon as possible after the search is completed.

Delaware State Bureau of Identification
Kent County – Primary Facility
655 Bay Rd., Suite 1B
Blue Hen Mall and Corporate Center
Dover, DE 19901

No prior appointment needed. Walk in service is available. Same day service for Delaware background checks is usually possible. Office hours are subject to change.

Phone: (302) 739-2134
Hours: Monday 9am – 7pm
Tuesday – Friday 9am – 3pm