National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

Procedure for transferring government archives

Government archives are generated during the day to day business activities of an organisation that wants to document how it carried out its tasks. The 1995 Public Records Act applies to all government organisation and which requires that they meet a number of legal obligations in the generation and management of their archives.

By government organisations we mean:

  • a legal entity whose power is enshrined in public law
  • another person or council that holds some public authority

In principle, archives covered by the Public Records Act must be transferred to an archival repository after twenty years. However, delayed or early transfer is also possible. This requires authorisation.


If you wish to request authorisation for early or delayed transfer, please contact your account manager or send an email to the 'Selectie en Bestel' sector.