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Records Destruction

Before actual records destruction may take place, agencies must submit a Certificate of Records Destruction to the State Archives/Public Records Administration (RIGL § 38-1-10, RIGL § 38-3-6(j), and RIGL § 42-8.1-10). Certificates of Records Destruction authorize the disposal of records and act as the legal replacement for the actual records subsequently destroyed.

Note: for records currently in storage at the State Records Center, the Public Records Administration prepares Certificates of Records Destruction for agencies' sign-off.