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  • Does Delaware have Corporate Information available on-line?

The Division of Corporations has many venues for accessing corporate information. Please note that this is not a good standing certificate, certified by the Secretary of State. Click here for information on obtaining a Certificate of Status. You may choose from the following options:

  1. Corporate Status – On the Web – We now offer corporate/entity status on the web. You may check status on the web for a fee of $10.00 per entity for status or $20.00 per entity for more detailed information including current franchise tax assessment, current filing history and more. You may charge a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. Click here for corporate status on the web.
  2. In Person – No Charge – You may visit our public terminals at our office located at 401 Federal Street in Dover, Delaware for no charge.
  3. Direct Web Access – You may purchase Direct Web Access to Delaware corporate information by contacting an Authorized Vendor.  Vendors may charge a fee for this service.
  • Does Delaware have UCC information available on-line?

Unfortunately, no but you may contact our office at 302/739-3073 and request UCC information.  You may also contact a UCC Authorized Searcher for UCC information.

  • Why do so many companies incorporate in Delaware?

Businesses choose Delaware not for one single reason, but because we provide a complete package of incorporations services. The Delaware General Corporation Law is the most advanced and flexible business formation statute in the nation. The Delaware Court of Chancery is a unique 215 year old business court that has written most of the modern U.S. corporation case law. Delaware's State Government is business-friendly and accessible. Our Division of Corporation is a model state-of-the-art efficiency and our staff provides prompt, friendly and professional service to clients, attorneys, registered agents and others. These factors have all contributed to making Delaware a premier legal home to companies around the world.

  • Do I have to live in Delaware to have a Delaware corporation?

No. Delaware law requires every corporation to have and maintain a Registered Agent in the State who may be either an individual resident, a domestic corporation, or a foreign corporation authorized to transact business in Delaware whose business office is identical with the corporation's registered office.

  • How do I incorporate in the State of Delaware

The steps for forming a corporation or any other kind of business entity under Delaware Law, from information on the type of business structure to form, to obtaining a registered agent, obtaining a certificate form to file with the Secretary of State, reserving a name, and how to submit your formation papers with the Division of Corporations can be found on their web site at http://corp.delaware.gov/default.shtml. For further information, contact the Division at corp@delaware.gov or call 302/739-3073.

  • How do I get a Certificate of Existence (Good Standing Certificate) on a Delaware corporation?

The Division of Corporations has many venues for accessing corporate information. You may choose from the following options:

  1. Corporate Status – On the Web – (This application will reflect the status of an entity but will not generate an official certificate of good standing) You may check corporate/entity status on the web for a fee of $10.00 per entity for status or $20.00 per entity for more detailed information including current franchise tax assessment, current filing history and more. You may charge a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. Click here for status on the web.
  2. In Person – No Charge – You may visit our public terminals at our office located at 401 Federal Street in Dover, Delaware for no charge.
  3. Direct Web Access – You may purchase Direct Web Access to Delaware corporate information by contacting an Authorized Vendor Vendors may charge a fee for this service.
  4. Certified Certificate of Status – You may order a Certificate of Status or Certificate of Good Standing by submitting a request in writing to the Division of Corporations. The fee is $50.00 per certificate for a short form certificate of status ( includes the name of the entity and the status at the time the certificate is issued ) or $175.00 for a Long Form certificate of Good Standing ( states all documents that have been filed, including the dates and times and any name changes that occurred along with the status at the time the certificate is issued ). You may either use a Certification Request Memo or your corporate letter head. Please include your name, address, phone number, a fax number and an email address if available. You must specify if you are requesting Expedited Services. You may contact an Expedited Service Representative at 302/739-3073 for information on Expedited fees. All requests are sent out first class mail unless you provide a Federal Express or UPS account number on your request. No requests can be returned via fax or email. You may either fax your request and charge a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card to 302/739-3812 or you may mail in your request to the Division of Corporations – John G. Townsend Bldg. – 401 Federal Street - Suite 4 – Dover, DE 19901.
  • How do I obtain apostilles or authentications for use in the adoption process?

Adoption documents for a foreign country often require apostilles or authentications. The Delaware Division of Corporations can apostille or authenticate documents notarized by a Delaware Notary, certified vital records from the State of Delaware, and official State documents (e.g., background checks). When such services are requested for personal use (such as an adoption) the Division discounts its fees to $30.00 for any documents that are presented simultaneously. This fee structure enables prospective international adoptive parents to minimize their costs by having all of their apostille and authentication documents processed at one time. As a further convenience, requests received via mail are typically processed on the same business day and hand delivered requests will be completed within 2 hours. To help expedite your request, mailed requests must include a cover memo clearly stating the purpose of the request (e.g. adoption in China ). Documents may be either hand delivered, mailed or express mailed to: Division of Corporations – John G. Townsend Bldg. – 401 Federal Street - Suite 4 – Dover, DE 19901.

Documents that are not picked up from our office will be sent regular first class mail unless a Federal Express or UPS or envelope is provided with the request. Please contact our office at 302-739-3073 with any questions.

  • Where can I get some information about Delaware for a school report?

The web links listed below will give you some information about Delaware. You can purchase a postcard, poster or other Delaware memorabilia from our Visitors' Center. Their contact information can be found at http://history.delaware.gov/museums/vc/visitors.shtml. You can order a free map of Delaware at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitorguide.htm. For online maps, see http://www.delaware.gov/agencies/egovernment/gis_page.

  • Where can I purchase some books about Delaware's history?

The Heritage Commission publishes books that focus on the history and heritage of Delaware. See their web site at http://heritage.delaware.gov/books.shtml for information on these books and how to order them.

  • What grants are available for Delaware history/heritage projects?

The Delaware Heritage Commission provides grants to individuals and groups who wish to undertake permanent heritage projects. For information on how to apply for these grants, see their web site at http://heritage.delaware.gov/grants.shtml.

  • How do I file a discrimination complaint?

The Office of Human Relations investigates, negotiates and settles housing and public accommodation discrimination complaints. You can find a complaint form on their web site at http://statehumanrelations.delaware.gov/discrimination.shtml or call one of their offices listed at http://statehumanrelations.delaware.gov/contact.shtml.