Until further notice, members of the public wanting to enter the Townsend Building must call the Secretary of State's Office at (302) 739-4111 and press option 2. More Info
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. In order to obtain a Certificate of Status you may choose from the following options:
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.
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.
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 corp.delaware.gov. For further information, contact the Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 739-3073.
The Division of Corporations has many venues for accessing corporate information. You may choose from the following options:
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.
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 history.delaware.gov. You can order a free map of Delaware at www.visitdelaware.com.
The Heritage Commission publishes books that focus on the history and heritage of Delaware. See their website at heritage.delaware.gov for information on these books and how to order them.
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 heritage.delaware.gov.
The Office of Human Relations investigates, negotiates and settles housing and public accommodation discrimination complaints. You can find a complaint form on their website at statehumanrelations.delaware.gov or call one of their offices listed on their contact page.