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Delaware Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Delaware, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you’re seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

DELAWARE STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(302)739-4000

DELAWARE STATE WEB SITE:
www.state.de.us

Governor's Office

Attorney General's Office

Legislative Records

State Archives

Criminal Records

Delaware State Police

Criminal Records Section
PO Box 430
Dover DE 19903-0430
(302) 739-5880
(302) 739-5888 (fax)
www.state.de.us/dsp

Department of Corrections

E-CriminalBackgroundCheck.net

Driving Records
Division of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 698
Dover DE 19903
(302) 744-2506
(302) 739-2602 (fax)
www.delaware.gov/yahoo/DMV

Vehicle Ownership Information
Division of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 698
Dover DE 19903
(302) 744-2511
(302) 744-2538 (fax)
www.delaware.gov/yahoo/DMV

Vital Statistics (birth, death, marriage) [divorce records available only at county level]
Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
PO Box 637
Dover DE 19903
(302) 744-4549
(fax number not provided)
www.deph.org/vs.htm

Business/Corporate Records
Secretary of State
Division of Corporations
PO Box 898
Dover DE 19903
(302) 739-3073
(302) 739-3812 (fax)
www.state.de.us/corp

Workers Compensation Information
Labor Department
Industrial Accident Board
4425 N. Market Street
Wilmington DE 19802
(302) 761-8200 x2
(302) 761-6601 (fax)
www.delawareworks.com

UCCs and Federal Tax Liens
[state tax liens available only at county level]
UCC Division
Secretary of State
PO Box 793
Dover DE 19903
(302) 739-3077
(302) 739-3813 (fax)
www.state.de.us/corp/ucc.htm

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you’re seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Kent County
38 The Green
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-3184

New Castle County
800 French St.
Belvedere, DE 19804
(302) 255-0800

Sussex County
P.O. Box 29
Georgetown, DE 19947-0609
(302) 856-5742