Even though Delaware is a small state, the amount of public records available at the state level is enormous. To obtain Delaware public records, you can send a written request to the Office of Vital Statistics in Dover, Delaware. Keep in mind that although many Delaware vital records are public information, the state has laws that protect privacy and so complete records may not be available unless you’re a member of the family or a legal representative. All requests are reviewed by a Vital Statistics review subcommittee prior to releasing the information. Fees (usually up to $25) are charged for most record searches and you can send the fee and request to the following address:
Vital Statistics Dept. of Delaware
417 Federal Street
Cover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4549
Some state public records can go back to 1938, while others haven’t been kept by the state since 1968 or later. Most states strive to keep accurate and up-to-date vital records, but the data is so voluminous that it’s difficult to record them immediately – especially with the under-staffing that most states are experiencing now.