Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
About the Act
Delaware Freedom of Information Act
The Act ( 29 Del. Code, Chapter 100) establishes that "it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner" and that "it is vital that citizens have easy access to public records in order that the society remain free and democratic."
Senate Bill 87
Passed in the 146th General Assembly and signed by Governor Markell on October 20, 2011, requires that a standard form for requests under the Act be made available to the public.
Executive Order No. 31
Approved by the Governor on October 20, 2011, requires executive branch agencies to adopt a standardized policy for requests.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Delaware Department of Justice provides answers to common questions about the Freedom of Information Act on its website.
State Agency FOIA Coordinators
List of Coordinators
Make a FOIA Request, by Agency
Attorney General's Office
Children,Youth & Their Families (DSCYF)
Economic Development (DEDO)
Elections (all counties)
Fire Prevention Commission
Health & Social Services (DHSS)
Management & Budget (OMB)
Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
Parks & Recreation (DNREC)
Public Integrity Commission
Public Service Commission
Safety & Homeland Security (DSHS)
Technology & Information (DTI)
NOTICE :Under Delaware's Freedom of Information Act, 29 Del. C. §§ 10001-10006 ("FOIA"), a FOIA request or petition, along with any information contained therein or any documents attached thereto, submitted to any "public body" subject to FOIA, including, without limitation, any board, bureau, commission, department, agency or committee of the State, may itself be deemed a "public record" subject to disclosure under FOIA.
The Freedom of Information Act applies to all State Agencies. Below is a list of State Agencies with dedicated FOIA information.
Did You Know?
The log cabin originated in Finland. Finnish settlers arrived in Delaware in the mid-1600s and brought with them plans for the log cabin, one of the enduring symbols of the American pioneer. One of the cabins has been preserved and is on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover.