We promote Delaware’s economy, bringing revenue and jobs to the State by continuing to uphold our position as Corporate Capital of the World and encouraging trade relationships which benefits business in Delaware.
Divisions that Promote Business
Division of Corporations
More than one million business entities have their legal home in Delaware including more than half of all U.S. publicly-traded companies and 64% of the Fortune 500. Businesses choose Delaware because we provide of our modern and flexible corporate laws, our highly-respected Court of Chancery, our business-friendly State Government, and the customer service oriented staff of the Delaware Division of Corporations.
State Bank Commissioner
The Office of the State Bank Commissioner regulates and examines State-chartered banks and trust companies, as well as licensed financial services businesses, including mortgage loan brokers, licensed lenders, check sellers, money transmitters, check cashers, motor vehicle sales finance companies, money transporters, business and industrial development corporations and pre-need funeral contractor providers.
Global Delaware is a one-stop resource for international trade information and exporter assistance. Experienced staff provides in-house and on-site counseling to large, small, and medium-sized businesses about expanding into and leveraging the global marketplace.
The mission of the Division of Professional Regulation is to ensure the protection of the public’s health, safety and welfare, by providing administrative and investigative services that serve the citizens of Delaware, over 65,000 professional licensees, license applicants, other state and national agencies and private organizations. The Division provides regulatory oversight for 35 boards/commissions, which are comprised of Governor-appointed public and professional members. The activities of this oversight include administrative, fiscal, and investigative support for 53 professions, trades and events.
Public Service Commission
The Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) works to ensure safe, reliable and reasonably priced cable, electric, natural gas, wastewater, water and telecommunications services for Delaware consumers. For those services that are moving toward competitive markets, the Commission makes rules to level the playing field between competing providers, and resolves disputes between these providers. The PSC also assists consumers in resolving disputes with their service providers.
Division of Small Business, Development & Tourism
The Division of Small Business, Development and Tourism is committed to connecting small businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools needed to start, grow and succeed, determined to attract new business to Delaware and dedicated to promoting tourism and economic growth to Delaware.
The Notary Public section of the Office of the Secretary of State issues and renews notary commissions. The Notary Public website provides information about legal and business requirements for notaries and key laws that pertain to notarization in Delaware. To become a notary in Delaware, and individual must be at least 18 years of age, must be of good character and reputation and must have a reasonable need for a notary commission.
Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA Program)
The Secretary of State Abandoned or Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (SOS VDA) Program was established in July 2012 by then Governor Jack Markell to provide a business friendly program to all companies seeking compliance with the Delaware unclaimed property laws. The SOS VDA Program is geared towards Delaware domiciled companies which desired to “catch up” on its past due abandoned or unclaimed property obligations.