Delaware Marriage Records
Under Delaware law, Marriage records become public records 40 years after the event.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. When did Delaware start recording marriages?
A. Since 1913 Delaware has had a law for systematically recording and filing vital records, including marriage records, with the Office of Vital Statistics in Dover. The earliest counties have marriage records dating from the 1660's.
Q. Are there restrictions on getting copies of Delaware marriage records?
A. Marriage certificates 40 years and older are public records in Delaware. Marriages recorded after that time are considered confidential and can only be accessed by the bride, groom, or their legal representatives.
Q. How do I verify a Delaware marriage record?
A. For an official state issued copy of a marriage certificate download and fill out the marriage certificate request form:
The request form may be submitted in these ways:
- In person at any of these three locations
- New Castle County:
University Office Plaza - Chopin Building
258 Chapman Road
Newark, DE 19702
- Kent County:
Jesse S. Cooper Building
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
- Sussex County:
Adams State Service Center
546 S. Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
- New Castle County:
- By mail
Office of Vital Statistics, Jesse S. Cooper Building, 417 Federal Street, Dover, DE 19901
- By telephone: 1-877-888-0248
- An public record marriage certificate can also be ordered online thru Vitalchek
A search can be made at the Delaware Public Archives. More info can be found here- Guide To Vital Records
Q. What kind of information can be found on a Delaware marriage
A. Names, ages and birthplace of bride and groom, parents' names and birthplace; number of previous marriages for both the bride and groom; date and place of marriage as well as witnesses and officials present.
Q. How do I get married in Delaware?
A. The requirements to marry in Delaware are outlined here:
- Both applicants must appear together when applying for a marriage license and both are required to show a valid photo identification
- Applicants may not be related to each other.
- No blood test is required
- You must be at least eighteen years of age to apply for a marriage license. Minors must bring a certified copy of the order of authorization to marry issued by the State of Delaware Family Court.
- Other certified court documents that may apply:
- Name change
- Divorce/annulment decree/death certificate of former spouse
- The waiting period is 24 hours and the marriage license is valid for 30 days, based on time of application
GenWed does not have a dedicated Delaware database yet but there are contributed Delaware marriages here:
Genealogy Resources for the Counties of Delaware:
Formed in 1680, County Seat-Dover.
Kent County Clerk, 414 Federal Street, Dover 19901
First named Horrekill District (1664) then organized as St. Jones County (1680) and renamed Kent County in 1682.
Cities in Kent County:
Camden, Camden-Wyoming, Cheswold, Clayton, Dover, Dover AFB (1942), Farmington, Felton, Frederica, Harrington, Hartly, Houston, Kenton, Leipsic, Little Creek, Magnolia, Marydel, Smyrna, Viola, Woodside, Wyoming
Free Kent County Marriage Databases:
- Index to Marriages of Kent and Sussex Counties (mitsawokett.com)
- Marriages Within the Indian Remnant Communities (mitsawokett.com)
Kent County Genealogy Resources:
- Kent County DEGenWeb
- Kent County Mailing List
- RootsWeb Delaware Resources
- Rootsweb Town Search
- SSDI Interactive Search
- USGenWeb Delaware Archives
New Castle County
Formed in 1673. County Seat: Wilmington
New Castle County Clerk, 800 French Street, Wilmington 19801
Cities in New Castle County
Arden, Bear (suburb of Wilmington), Bellefonte, Blackbird, Christiana, Claymont, Delaware City, Edgemoor, Elsmere, Greenville, Hockessin (suburb of Wilmington), Kirkwood, Manor, Marshallton, Middletown, Minquadale, Montchanin, New Castle, Newark (suburb of Wilmington), Newport, Odessa, Port Penn, Rockland, Saint Georges (suburb of Wilmington), Stanton, Talleyville, Townsend, Wilmington, Winterthur, Yorklyn.
Free New Castle County Databases:
- Quaker marriage book for Newark/Kennett Monthly Meeting records index only 1690 to 1750:
- Marriages in Sussex, New Castle & Unknown Counties
- Marriages performed by Rev. John Patton, principally in Middletown, DE, 1858 - 1883
- Newark-Kennett Monthly Meeting Church Records 1686-1692
- Newark-Kennett Monthly Meeting Church Records 1692-1704
New Castle Genealogy Resources:
Date Formed in 1680. County Seat-Georgetown
Sussex County Clerk, P.O. Box 589, Georgetown, DE 19947
This county was first named Deale County in 1682 merged with portion of Maryland's Durham County, and was renamed Sussex County.
Cities in Sussex County
Bethany Beach, Bethel, Blades, Bridgeville, Clarksville, Dagsboro, Delmar, Dewey Beach, Ellendale, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Greenwood, Harbeson, Laurel, Lewes, Lewes Beach, Lincoln, Long Neck, Milford, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, Nassau, Ocean View, Oceanview, Rehobeth, Rehoboth, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville.
Sussex County Genealogy Records:
- Vital Records in Family Bibles:
- DEGenWeb Archived Bible Records:
- Marriages, from "Some Records of Sussex County" compiled 1909 -DEGenWeb Archives
- Index to Marriages of Kent and Sussex Counties -mitsawokett.com
- Marriages Within the Indian Remnant Communities -mitsawokett.com
- Sound Methodist Church Marriage Records -DEGenWeb Archives
- Marriages in Sussex, New Castle & Unknown Counties -mitsawokett.com
- Marriage Records of the Zion Lutheran Church at Oldwick -G. R. Gilbert
Sussex County Genealogy Resources:
Delaware Statewide Genealogy Resources
- Delaware Census Records
Delaware census records, census indexes and census transcriptions available online.
- Delaware Genealogy Search
Search for ancestors in free Delaware genealogy search engines.
- Delaware GenWeb
- Delaware Genealogy Forum
- Delaware Resources at RootsWeb
- Delaware Tombstone Project
- Delaware Vital Records
- Delaware Public Records
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