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This is, by far, the most common question we are asked by our clients. And I wish the answer was “seven years.” But, unfortunately, the answer is, “It depends.”
If you go to ARMA Internationals website, you will find many helpful articles and resources to answer this question. I will put a link to one such article below.
In the meantime, the length of time you keep the record depends on four factors
Once you no longer need a record and once you are no longer required to keep a record, it should be disposed of.
Each type of record has to be retained based on the 4 listed criteria. You, likely, have many different types of records. Thus the answer is “It depends,” when the question is “How long do I keep my records.”
Read this article for a Records 101 introduction to records retention.
Visit this article on arma.com
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