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Death Records in Delaware

The State of Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Heath - Office of Vital Statistics oversees the issuing of certified death certificates for people who died in the state of Delaware.

Obtaining a certified copy of a death certificate in Delaware is restricted due to privacy concerns and to prevent identity theft and fraud. In order to request a certified copy of a death certificate, the requester must be one of the following:
• The husband or wife of the deceased
• The child of the deceased
• The parent of the deceased
• The legal guardian of the deceased
• The authorized agent, attorney or legal representative of the deceased or of any of those listed above
• An authorized genealogical interest

Proof of eligibility to request a certified copy of a death certificate is required in all cases. Making false statements on the death certificate application or unlawfully obtaining a death certificate in Delaware is a felony violation of Delaware law.

How to Obtain a Certified Copy of a Delaware Death Certificate

Obtaining a certified copy of a Delaware death certificate is fairly simple. You can apply in person, by mail, by phone or online provided you have the proper documentation to do so. All requests must be include a written application which can be found here:
http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ss/files/death.pdf

The application is one of the simpler ones to fill out compared to other states. You’ll need to provide the name of the deceased, the date of death, the deceased’s father’s name and the maiden name of the deceased’s mother.

To Apply In Person:
You can visit any of three Office of Vital Statistics offices in Delaware to apply in person. Make sure to bring your filled in application (or fill one out there), picture ID, appropriate fees and all required documentation to prove your eligibility to request the death certificate.

Limestone Building
2055 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
Office Hours are from 8:00AM to 4:15 PM Monday through Friday (closed most holidays)

Jesse S. Cooper Building
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
Office Hours are from 8:00AM to 4:15PM Monday through Friday (closed most holidays)

Georgetown State Service Center
546 S. Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Office Hours are from 8:00AM to 4:15 PM Monday through Friday (closed most holidays)

To Apply By Mail:
Download the request form from the link provided above, fill it out and attach a copy of your valid picture ID, appropriate fees, and copies of any required documentation to prove your relationship to the deceased and mail to:

Delaware Health and Social Services
Division of Public Health
Office of Vital Statistics
Jesse S. Cooper Bldg
417 Federal St.
Dover, Delaware 19901

To Apply By Telephone
Call the Office of Vital Statistics to request a death certificate by telephone. Their number is 1-877-888-0248.

To Apply Online
You can request a certified copy of a Delaware death certificate by accessing the online web service www.vitalchek.com. This service works hand-in-hand with the State of Delaware to obtain a certified copy of the death certificate. By using this service, you will be charged additional service fees and shipping fees. Take note that this service doesn’t necessarily speed up the process. And you will need to prove your identity and establish your relationship to the deceased regardless of the service you choose.

Fees
Each certified copy of a Delaware death certificate costs $10. Fees are non-refundable and even if the death record is not found the initial fee is kept as a search fee. Make your check or money order payable to: Office of Vital Statistics. Don’t forget to include a copy of your photo ID and any supporting documentation.

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