Delaware Birth Records Search
Delaware’s Office of Vital Statistics collects, stores and maintains all birth records. You can easily request a Delaware birth record search and get a copy of yours.
They have been keeping birth records since 1913. They may have some dating back further in the archives though. You can contact them for more information.
Delaware keeps all birth records private until the age of 72; then they become public. Therefore only the following people can obtain a copy of yours: you, if you are 18 or older, your spouse, children, parents, your legal guardian or your legal representative with proper authorization
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To request a copy of your Delaware birth record, you will need your full name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, mother’s full name, father’s full name, and the name of the hospital where you were born. You must also prove your relationship to the person on the certificate if it is not yours.
You will also need a valid, photo ID such as: driver’s license, military ID or a passport.
Types of Delaware Birth Records
You can order three types of birth certificates in Delaware. They are as follows:
- Certified Copy - this type is an official, legal document validating your identity and you can use it for any government, military and educational purposes.
- Heirloom - this copy is for decorative purposes only and comes on specially printed design paper.
- Adoptee’s Birth Certificate - this is a special official copy for children who were adopted in the U.S. Processing time for this type can take up to three months.
Delaware’s population is just shy of 1 million people and as of 2018 is estimated at 971,180. Delaware is the 45th largest state in the U.S. according to these figures. Delaware is also the 14th fastest growing state in America with an annual growth rate of 1.05%. Considered tiny with only 2,490 square miles of surface area, Delaware is the second smallest state in the U.S. The population density is 460.8 people per square mile, making it the 6th most densely populated state in the country. It was one of the original thirteen states in the Union.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are more women than men in Delaware. The total population of Delaware is estimated at 952,698 people with 461,012 male and 491,686 female. There are 30,674 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.61% of the total population.
The Delaware Gender Ratio is 94 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.94. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
Delaware Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 11.55 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 10,992 total births — the lowest in Delaware history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 10,992, 0.28% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Delaware
Top 5 Counties in Delaware with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in Delaware with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in Delaware with the highest birth rate|
|Sussex County - 10.45||Kent County - 12.53|
|New Castle County - 11.67||New Castle County - 11.67|
|Kent County - 12.53||Sussex County - 10.45|
Delaware Fertility Rate
In Delaware the fertility rate based on historical data went from 66.04 to 63.80 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 61.16 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.28 to 28.35.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
Fertility Rate By County
The top reproductive counties of Delaware are Sussex - 70.69, Kent - 62.82 and New Castle - 57.89. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain a Delaware Birth Certificate
You can get a copy of your Delaware birth record at any of the three locations below, by mail or by ordering online.
New Castle County:
University Plaza-Chopin Building - 302-283-7130 - Office Hours 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM Monday through Friday except Holidays
Jesse S. Cooper Building - 302-744-4549 - Office Hours 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM Monday through Friday except for Holidays
Adams State Service Center - 302-856-5495 - Office Hours 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM Monday through Friday except for Holidays
The state charges $25 for a Delaware birth certificate and $25 for each additional copy. You must make your check payable to Office of Vital Statistics. You can also order your copies online for quick, expedited service at VitalChek or GoCertificates.