The Delaware State Bureau of Identification (SBI) is the central repository for criminal history information in the state of Delaware. SBI houses several functions under one roof, including providing certified criminal history information to the public, maintaining Delaware's sex offender registry, quality control of crime reports, fingerprint examination, and firearm purchase approvals. The Professional Licensing Section also regulates private investigative and security agencies, alarm companies, constables, bail enforcement agents, pawn brokers, second hand dealers, and scrap metal processors. The Professional Licensing Section also reviews applications for and issuance of HR 218 permit to carry cards for retired Delaware Troopers. Retired police officers from other Delaware agencies should contact their respective department for their policies on issuance of the card. Other questions regarding Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon permits are addressed below.

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For those interested in obtaining their certified Delaware criminal history you have three options.

Kent County
We are located at 655 South Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901.

The building is located in the Blue Hen Mall and Corporate Center, Suite 1B. The Dover location will be the only location available for all services every weekday and does not require an appointment.

Hours of operation are:

  • Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • No appointments are necessary as we are a walk in facility.
  • Call 302-739-5871 for information and directions.
  • Holiday Closing Schedule


Sussex County
We provide fingerprinting services at Troop 4, in Georgetown, on the corner of Shortly Road and Route 113, across from Motor Vehicle.

Hours of operation are:

  • Every other Wednesday, from Noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • by appointment only
  • Call (302) 739-2528 for information
  • Holiday Closing Schedule


New Castle County
The office is located in Troop 2, on Rt 40, in Bear, just west of the Fox Run Shopping Center, between Rt. 72, and Rt. 896.

Procedure to request services / making an appointment:
Please advise everyone that requires the services of SBI / North to utilize the following procedures:

  1. Call and schedule an appointment utilizing one of the Appointment Help Line contact numbers listed below:
    1-800-464-4357 or 302-739-2528
  2. Arrive at SBI / North (Troop 2) and report in with the receptionist No Later Than the time set by the appointment desk. 
  3.  The results of the completed Background/Criminal History check will not be returned the same day, but will be forwarded to the recipient as soon as operationally possible.

The hours of operation are:

  • Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., closed for lunch from 12 to 12:30.
  • Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., closed for lunch from 4:00 to 4:30
  • Holiday Closing Schedule

For a State of Delaware Background Check, the current fee is $52.50. For both a State and Federal Background Check, the current fee is $69.00 (Depending on what purpose you are being printed for, you may need a Federal background check as well.) You may use cash, credit or debit cards, bank checks, money orders, or company checks made out to Delaware State Police. We do not accept personal checks.

A Criminal History Background Check is obtained through fingerprints. You will need to bring a photo Identification. A Driver's License, School ID, or State ID would be sufficient. It is not required to be a Delaware License. You do not need to bring a social security card or a birth certificate.

If you need further information please call 302-739-5871.


If you are looking for a permit to Carry a Concealed Deadly Weapon, you must contact the Prothonotary's Office as we do not process CCDW permits at SBI.

The Prothonotary's Office may be contacted in each county at:

  • 302-255-0800 New Castle County
  • 302-739-3184 Kent County
  • 302-856-5740 Sussex County

As part of the application process, the Prothonotary's Office will direct you to SBI for fingerprinting at a cost of $69.00 for a State and Federal Background check. (See the previous section on OBTAINING A CERTIFIED DELAWARE CRIMINAL HISTORY for our fingerprint services).


The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Registry (SOR) is headquartered at SBI in Dover. The SOR is responsible for registration, notification, and verification of sex offenders throughout the state. The SOR also updates offender information on the Delaware public sex offender registry, which can be located at

There are approximately 3,500 registered sex offenders in the State of Delaware. Under current law, Tier III high-risk offenders must verify their address, place of employment, and place of study every 90 days. Tier II moderate-risk offenders must verify this information with SBI on a semi-annual basis. Tier I low risk offender must verify this information once annually. All offenders must update the Registry within three days of any change in residence, employment, or study. All offenders must appear in person at SBI to verify their registry information on the before mentioned time table. Homeless Tier III registrants must verify in person at SBI every seven days, Tier II registrants every thirty days, and Tier I offenders every ninety days.

The Sex Offender Registry unit also coordinates public notification of registered sex offenders. Such notification may include door-to-door notification, e-mail, flyers and posters. Additionally, all moderate- and high-risk offenders are placed on the State Sex Offender Public Website mentioned previously. The website includes a link, for the public to submit tips concerning non-compliant offenders. Questions or concerns regarding the SOR can be directed to (302) 739-5882.


Professional Licensing Section regulates:

 1.   Private Investigator & Private Security Employees
 2.   Private Investigative & Private Security Agencies
 3.   Armored Car Employees
 4.   Armored Car Agencies
 5.   Security Systems & Protective Services Employees
 6.   Security Systems & Protective Services Agencies
 7.   Constables
 8.   Bail Enforcement Agents
 9.   Pawnbrokers, Secondhand Dealers, and Scrap Metal Processors
10.  HR 218 - Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004
11.  Firearms, Baton, Mace, Handcuff and 16-hour Instructor Information

For all fingerprinting processing and licensure, the hours of operation are:

Kent County
Hours of operation are:

  • Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • No appointments are necessary as we are a walk in facility.
  • Call 302-739-5871 for information and directions
  • Holiday Closing Schedule

New Castle County
Hours of operation are:

  • Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri, 8:30 am to 3:15 pm, closed for lunch from 12 to 12:30
  • Tuesday, 11:30 am to 6:15 pm, closed for lunch from 4:00 to 4:30
  • By appointment only - Call 302-739-2528 to schedule an appointment.
  • Call 302-834-2628 for information and directions.
  • Holiday Closing Schedule

Last Updated: Thursday, 20-Mar-2014 13:59:28 EDT
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