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Your Children Depend on You.

Learn how to protect them with the appropriate restraints, properly installed.

Secure the kids

Discover a woman devoted to keeping kids safe in the car.

Aubrey Klick, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, Delaware Office of Highway Safety

Secure your most precious cargo.


The Delaware Office of Highway Safety provides fitting stations where certified car seat technicians will, at no cost, teach you to install and use your car seat properly. Call to schedule your appointment today.


Is your child’s car seat registered?

Make sure you receive prompt notice if your car seat is recalled.
Here’s how to register: Safe Kids Worldwide




OHS Fitting Station Locations

New Castle County

Wilmington DMV

Rt. 13 South in New Castle

Coordinator: Shawn Rohe

Office: (302) 434-3234

Mobile: (302) 256-1123


Kent County

Dover DMV

Rt. 113 South in Dover

Coordinator: Aubrey Klick

Office: (302) 744-2749

Mobile: (302) 387-2324


Sussex County

Coordinator: Nita Huey-Smith

Mobile: (302) 242-7107


More Fitting Stations

New Castle County

Mill Creek Fire Company

Kirkwood Hwy. in Marshallton

(By appointment only, no charge for fittings)
Email with your name, address, phone number and the best time to contact you.


Delaware’s restraint laws work to ensure the safety of child passengers.

  • UP TO 8 YEARS OLD (OR 65 LBS).

    Must be properly restrained in a federally approved child safety seat appropriate for the child’s age, weight and height.

  • 8 TO 15 YEARS.

    Must wear seat belts.


    Required to sit in the back seat if there are active airbags in the front passenger seating position.


    $25 for each child not appropriately restrained.


Here are more things you can do to protect your young passengers.

  • Choose the middle.

    The center of the back seat is the safest spot for your child.

  • Beware of airbags.

    Never place a rear-facing car seat in front of an airbag. Airbags can kill young children riding in the front seat.

  • Set the example.

    Always wear your seat belt.

  • No negotiations.

    Don’t drive until the kids are buckled up – no matter how much they complain.

  • No exceptions.

    Use proper restraints every time, no matter how short the drive is.

Car seat safety

Keep kids safe with the right seat at the right stage.

The appropriate car seat changes as your child grows in age, height and weight. Here is a guide to the four stages of child passenger safety, and the progression of safety restraints you’ll eventually need.

Outline of infant


(Birth to 12 months)

Ride in the back seat in a rear-facing infant or convertible seat.

Outline of toddler


(1 to 3 years)

Ride in the back seat in a rear-facing car seat (or convertible seat) until reaching the height or weight limits for that seat, then move on to a forward-facing seat.

Outline of young kid

Young Kids

(4 to 7 years)

Ride in the back seat in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until reaching the height or weight limits for that seat, then move on to a booster seat.

Outline of adolescent

Older Kids

(8 to 12 years)

Ride in the back seat, secured by both lap and shoulder belts when riding in a booster seat, or when they have progressed to using the seat belt alone.

Four types of safety restraints

Illustrated back-facing car seat

Rear-facing car seat

For infants / toddlers

Illustrated forward-facing car seat

Forward-facing car seat

For toddlers/young kids

Illustrated forward-facing booster seat

Booster seat

For young kids/older kids

Illustration of seat belt

Seat belts

For older kids

Vehicles and heatstroke: Do you know the facts?

Since 1998, more than 900 children have died in hot vehicles in the U.S. – often, tragically, because the driver simply forgot they were there, or left them alone in the vehicle “for just a moment.”

  • QUESTION 1 / 5

    In just 10 minutes, a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees.

    Your choice is

    It takes very little time to raise your car’s temperature to dangerous levels.

  • QUESTION 2 / 5

    Heatstroke can’t happen on cloudy days or when outside temperatures are below 70 degrees.

    Your choice is

    Even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees.

  • QUESTION 3 / 5

    Opening windows will prevent heatstroke.

    Your choice is

    Opening windows will not prevent heatstroke.

  • QUESTION 4 / 5

    Children overheat up to five times faster than adults.

    Your choice is

    Children are much more sensitive to heat than adults.

  • QUESTION 5 / 5

    It’s OK to leave your child unattended in the car if it’s only for a moment.

    Your choice is

    It is never okay to leave your child unattended in the car. Disaster can strike in the blink of an eye.