How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Delaware
When you apply for school, to join the military or a job you will need a copy of your birth certificate. There are many other reasons you might need a copy, and if you cannot locate the original, you will need to know how to obtain one.
If you were born in Delaware, just follow the easy instructions below to grab a copy for yourself.
Delaware offers three locations where you can visit in person and apply for a copy. You may also apply in writing to the Office of Vital Statistics located in the Jesse S. Cooper Building in Dover.
The first step is you need to download and fill out the application. Once you have completed it, you can mail it to the office at the address below, or deliver it in person to one of the three locations listed on the application.
Jesse S. Cooper Building
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
You must have the following information to fill it out correctly:
- Full name of the child on the birth certificate.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth (city/county).
- Hospital name.
- Mother’s full name.
- Father’s full name.
- Relationship to the party listed on the birth certificate.
- Your name.
- Your full address.
- Your phone number.
- Your signature.
- Driver’s license.
Birth records in Delaware are considered private until they reach the age of 72, and then they become public records and may be obtained by anyone for any reason.
You will need to pay a non-refundable $25 fee when you apply for the copy. Checks and money orders must be made out to Office of Vital Statistics.
You may also order an heirloom birth certificate for framing for an additional fee.
You also have the option of using an online service such as GoCertiricates.com or VitalChek.com to locate and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker. You may also pay online using a debit or credit card.