Kent County Sheriff sales go cash-less

DOVER — As of Aug. 1, cash will no longer be accepted for Kent County foreclosure or monition sales, says the Sheriff’s office.

Still valid payment options will include cashier’s checks, certified checks and money orders payable to the Kent County Sheriff.

Deputy Sheriff Chris White said the change was made largely for security reasons. Being responsible for storing cash in the office and receiving it from residents added several extra layers of liability, he explained.

“You must provide identification when you’re purchasing a property and in the past, we’ve had people try to provide questionable-looking IDs,” said Mr. White. “Accepting cash in these circumstances just created a few extra elements.”

Winning bidders/buyers at sheriff’s auctions are required to provide $2,000 (non-refundable) for each property purchased.

The New Castle County Sheriff’s office also stopped accepting cash at auctions in 2014, but Sussex County does still accept it.
For questions about the new policy, visit, call (302) 736-2161 or email

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or

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