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How Long Should I Retain Personal Records?

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Experts advise that personal records must only be retained for 1 year. The threat of identity theft might grow, if personal records, including those that already expired, are not shred.

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Usually you can retain personal records for up to a year and try to keep them on boxes after that. However this would depend on the agency or company you are working with.

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It depends on the kind of personal records that you're having. If it is an extremely important document such as birth or marriage certificate, you should keep it for a lifetime.

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Personal records should be retained for at a minimum of seven years. After this time, you can destroy the records by shredding them or deleting the files.

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