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In 1977 the General Assembly passed Delaware's Freedom of Information Act to insure that government be open and accountable to the people. The Delaware Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the state law that gives the public the right to observe government meetings and to access government records. Additionally the Delaware Open Meetings Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. Records specifically exempted from public disclosure by statute or common law include but are not limited to intelligence files compiled for law-enforcement purposes, records involving labor negotiations or collective bargaining, pending investigative files and personnel, medical or pupil files. The office of the Attorney General is responsible for investigating any alleged violations of the FOIA. Delaware has three counties, the fewest of any U.S. state. Each county elects a legislative body. most functions which are handled on a county by county basis in other states, such as court and law enforcement have been centralized in Delaware. The centralization significantly concentrates the power of the Delaware state government. Delaware has 1,795 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements. Delaware criminal histories and records are maintained by the Delaware State Identification Bureau, a division of the Delaware State Police. Find current Delaware public records fast and easily. Request criminal records from local law enforcement authorities and find out about prisons and individual inmate information. Search the state's judicial system for current court case records. Find information about the county governments, resources and services they have to offer their citizens. Link to the city websites to learn about individual communities and local attractions. Gather information on the residents and learn about the housing and real estate markets. Investigate the possibility of doing business in Delaware by learning about the demographics and local economy. Read about interesting news headlines and stories happening in Delaware. Get birth, death and marriage statistics and learn about the history of Delaware and its people. Check this site often as new Delaware sources are added on a regular basis.
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Delaware Free Public Records Directory


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Ask Questions, About Delaware

  • Where can I find in Delaware, who owns an empty house?
    There are free searches which show property information online freely, you will need to know the county, since there are only three counties in Delaware, you can just look into them individually. Sussex, Kent and New Castle, all three have free online searches of property information. You can search by street name or other location description. (Staff)
  • Can I get arrest records from the Delaware state police to check the entire state?
    There are many sites where you can look up arrests, including: Delaware Criminal Justice Information System Online Wanted Person Review, this is a free and instant search from the state. What the state police provides should be on their webpage, or you may need to call. I would rely on information directly from the source, not another person's experience as it can vary from one individual to another. Note that arrests do not always end up as criminal convictions, chances are that they wouldn't appear in a person's background check. (Staff)
  • Where can I find access to and copies of guardianship records in Delaware?
    The Chancery Court appoints guardianships, which include guardianship of an adult, property of an adult and property of a child under the age of 18. The Delaware state courts' site offers an overview of the process for a disabled person's guardianship. (Staff)
  • Where can I get information on a fire on November 26th, 2013 in Delaware?
    Since you know the date of the incident, periodicals such as the one at the local library could have an article about it. Crime mapping, there are several different sources, also show fires (possible arsons) by area/block, this source has dates of coverage and various departments. If you know the location or city of the fire, mention it in your question, there may be a source specific to that area. Some fire departments release press releases and news about their operations. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in which county in Delaware, to request a background check?
    You do not necessarily need to know which county to conduct the search. You can request a criminal search from the central repository for criminal history information in the state of Delaware using the State Bureau of Identification. You can also look up addresses found by doing a people search online. Some addresses or residences can be cross referenced by looking up deed information and property ownership. Also, keep in mind that juvenile records are not available through this service. Similar to criminal records, the state's superior court's case search can be looked up at once where you may not need to go from county to county. You can access cases and judgments under persons' names as well as businesses. (Staff)