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

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 Population

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.

State Population
1 birth every 2869 seconds

1 death every 4304 seconds

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 states with a lower birth rate than Delaware Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Delaware
West Virginia - 11.03Missouri - 12.47
Connecticut - 9.29Minnesota - 12.68
Pennsylvania - 10.51Oklahoma - 13.53
Rhode Island - 9.04Colorado - 11.83
Wisconsin - 11.35Virginia - 13.30

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 - 10.45Kent County - 12.53
New Castle County - 11.67New Castle County - 11.67
Kent County - 12.53Sussex 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:

County Fertility rate

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

Kent County:
Jesse S. Cooper Building - 302-744-4549 - Office Hours 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM Monday through Friday except for Holidays

Sussex County:
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.

Delaware Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $25.00
Organization: Office of Vital Statistics; Division of Public Health
Address:417 Federal Street, Dover, DE 19901
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Delaware Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.