The criminal records of the State of Delaware are located in a central repository of the Delaware State Police within the state's official website. This is where the public will find the certified criminal history and fingerprint examination. Other reports are also stored in the repository such as professional licensing, firearm purchase approvals, permits to carry concealed deadly weapons and permits to carry cards for retired Delaware troopers.
You will find the sex offender registry from the State of Delaware on the official website of the state. When you reach the page the first thing that will greet you is a warning that the information contained on the website should be used with discretion and the user has to agree to the warning before they can proceed with the search. You have to provide the information for the search, unlike in some other states where the registered sex offenders are already listed together with a picture.
There are three options for an individual to obtain their personal criminal history in the State of Delaware. Fingerprinting, which is a requirement for one to get their criminal record, can be done in Sussex County. This is located at Troop 4 in Georgetown, corner Shortly Road and Route 113. The fingerprinting is done every Wednesday, and appointments are required. You can make an appointment by calling (302) 739-2528.
In Kent County fingerprinting is done at Suite 1B, Blue Hen Mall and Corporate Center, 655 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901. You can use same day service to get your complete criminal history at this facility and you can go there anytime between 9am and 7pm on Mondays, and from 9am to 3pm Tuesdays to Fridays without an appointment. If you want to know the exact location and how to get there you can call (302) 739-5871.
It is much stricter at the New Castle County facility located at Troop 2 in Bear on Route 40. You need an appointment before coming to this facility. The numbers to call are 1-800-464-4357 or (302) 739-2528 and you should arrive on or before your scheduled appointmen, although you will not be able to get your criminal history report on the same day. The hours of operation vary at this facility. On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the facility is open from 8:30am to 3:15pm, with a 30 minute lunch break from 12 noon to 1pm. On Tuesdays, the operating hours are from 11:30am to 6:15pm and they close for lunch from 4pm to 4:30pm.
The fee for the criminal record or a background search from the State of Delaware is $45, and $69 if you want to have a Federal background check included. Aside from the fingerprint card you also have to show a photo identification card. Payments made out to the Delaware State Police can be made using a credit card, a debit card, company check or money order.
Delaware background checks and criminal records can be obtained by accomplishing the following steps:
Follow this link to determine which facility is closest to you Delaware Fingerprint Facilities.
Make an appointment at the facility of your choosing.
The day of your appointment, make sure to bring a government-issued photo ID and cash, credit card or money order for the $45 fee.
Contact the Delaware SIB department for more information or assistance:
Delaware State Bureau of Identification
Blue Hen Mall and Corporate Center, Suite 1b
655 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901
Information on Delaware arrest records can be obtained through the Delaware Department of Correction. The Department provides the public with access to records using the VINELink system.
To find out information about Delaware arrest records, follow these steps:
Visit the Delaware Department of Corrections. Select Inmate Locator from the menu on the left side under Services. This will redirect you to the VINELink page.
Select the appropriate state where you wish to access arrest records. When directed to the appropriate VINELink page, select the Search and Register tab.
Input the information about the inmate that you would like to search. The less information input, the broader the results will be. Click Search to display results.
For more assistance with locating Delaware arrest records, you can contact the Department of Corrections using one of the following methods:
Delaware Department of Corrections
Community Relations Office
245 McKee Road
Dover, Delaware 19901
How to Obtain Delaware Criminal Records
Delaware's criminal records are monitored by the Delaware State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Requesting a Delaware criminal record involves going in person to one of three approved locations to have your fingerprints taken onsite. Then, your request will be taken, and you will be asked to provide the information in person. A government-issued photo identification is needed, along with a $45 fee payable via cash, credit card, cashier check or money order.
Rights to Accessing Delaware Criminal Records
Individuals may obtain their own Delaware criminal record, but since individuals may only supply their own fingerprints, they cannot request another person's Delaware background check.
Are Appointments Necessary?
Only one of the three locations is a walk-in facility that takes requests for criminal records on a first-come, first-serve basis. The walk-in facility is located in Kent County. The other two locations are in Sussex County and New Castle County, and both require an appointment.