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Delaware is an open records state.
Some form of criminal history information is open to the public in “open records” states. In “closed records” states, access to criminal history information is not generally available to the public, but is available to authorized entities (e.g. law enforcement agencies).

Contact Information

Department of Public Safety
Phone number: 302-739-5871

State Checks

General Information on State Checks:

  • While two options for types of state checks are listed below, name-based and fingerprint-based, only one type of state check is required. CNCS does not recommend one of these checks over the other. Either the name-based state check or the fingerprint-based state check is acceptable.
  • Please note that to be in compliance with CNCS requirements, recipients may have to conduct checks in up to two states: the  state of service/work check on individuals in covered positions, as well as a state of residence check (i.e. if the state of residence is different from the state of service/work at the time of application).

Fingerprint-Based State Checks

Available from: Department of Public Safety
Cost: The fee for a State of Delaware Criminal Background Check is $52.00. 
The fee for a State and Federal Criminal Background Check (must be mandated by law) is $65.00.
How long does it take to obtain results? Turnaround time by mail is about 2-3 weeks
Available to: Individuals
Additional notes
A Criminal History Background Check is obtained by submitting fingerprints. 
You must provide photo Identification, such as a valid driver's license or State ID (from any state). 
You do not need a social security card or a birth certificate. 
Juveniles (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent, or guardian to authorize the criminal history. Juveniles must present either one of the above types of ID’s, or a school ID is acceptable. 
The fee for a State of Delaware Criminal Background Check is $52.00. 
The fee for a State and Federal Criminal Background Check (must be mandated by law) is $65.00. 
Payment options are cash (except Sussex County), credit or debit cards, certified checks, money orders, or company checks made out to Delaware State Police. We do not accept American Express or personal checks.

Approved Alternative Repositories 

State repositories are institutions that house and maintain the arrest and disposition (or outcome) information for cases handled in that state. Each state has a central repository, and CNCS has designated one in each state that grantees must use. In some cases, generally when a different institution is able to provide information that is equivalent to what is provided by the state repository, CNCS may designate them as an Approved Alternative Repository.
None at this time. 

FBI Checks 

State Repository Provides FBI Checks: Yes
Available to: Individuals
Note: The process is the same as completed above for state checks. The difference is you will need to pay $69
CNCS FBI Channeler: Organizations that cannot successfully use the state repository for FBI checks may use CNCS’s FBI-approved Channeler, Fieldprint, for FBI checks. 
Cost: The cost for one FBI check through Fieldprint is $27.50. 
How long does it take to receive results? The majority of checks conducted electronically take no more than two business days from the date the fingerprints are captured. If an applicant does not live near a Fieldprint livescan location and fingerprints must be taken manually and mailed, it will take longer to receive the results. See the Fieldprint Guide and FAQ (linked below) for more information.
View these links for more information
Fieldprint Guide and FAQs: (see document, “Using Fieldprint as an FBI Channeler – A Guide for CNCS Recipients”) 
Fieldprint website: 

NSOPW (National Sex Offender Public Website) Check

A required component of the NSCHC is a nationwide check of before an individual begins work or service in a covered position. Please note that a compliant nationwide NSOPW check must include reports from all states, territories, and tribes. If any state, territory, or tribe is unavailable at the time the NSOPW check is conducted, you must either run a nationwide NSOPW check again through and ensure that all entities are reporting, or run a separate check for each entity that is not reporting through the state sex offender registry website.

Please note that a check of a single state’s sex offender registry alone is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the nationwide NSOPW check requirement. The information provided in the State Sex Offender Registry Information section is for reference purposes only in the event that a single state sex offender registry check is necessary to supplement an incomplete nationwide NSOPW check.


State Sex Offender Registry Information

Delaware Sex Offender Registry:


Individuals Requesting Criminal History Records (versus Organizations)

1. Locate your local Delaware State Police Office (Kent County, Sussex County, New Castle County)
2. Include the proper information on the request forms.
  • When filling out your request form, you must indicate that the intended recipient of the results is your program (list name and full address).
3. Pay $52.50 fee for the criminal background check.

You may use cash, credit or debit cards, bank checks, money orders, or company checks made out to Delaware State Police. Personal checks and American Express are not accepted.  

?4. The results of the completed Criminal History check will not be returned the same day, but will be forwarded to the recipient as soon as operationally possible. If you receive the results yourself, bring sealed results to program to ensure chain of custody.     

Revised as of 2/24/2017

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