If you wish to transfer digital records to The National Archives, please get in touch with your Information Management Consultant (IMC) or email our Information Management Team. We offer detailed advice on the selection and transfer process for records in all formats. This page gives some additional guidance specifically for digital records.
Under the 20-Year rule you will usually transfer selected, sensitivity-reviewed digital records 20 to 30 years after they are created. Until then, you must safeguard the records and actively manage their digital continuity to maintain your ability to find, open, understand and trust them over time and through change. See our guidance on managing digital continuity for more information on how to do this.
Currently we will accept early transfer of the records of Inquiries, significant Inquests and other Public Record Bodies that are closing. If you wish to discuss other circumstances that might warrant early transfer, please contact us to discuss this.
NOTE: The existing guidance on digital transfer is currently being reviewed. For more information, please contact the Digital Records Transfer team.
Under the 20-Year rule you will usually transfer selected, sensitivity-reviewed digital records 20 to 30 years after they are created
Once these five steps have been completed, digital records may be delivered to The National Archives.
Find the forms you will have to complete at stages three (Applying for closure on transfer) and five (Delivery of digital records to The National Archives) of the transfer process.
This page sets out the range of digital file formats that The National Archives can currently sustain over the long term.