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How Long Should We Keep Paper Documents Before Shredding?

How long should we keep paper documents before shredding?

Before altering your existing document retention policy, first check with legal counsel and your compliance department.

According to a recent study, most banks that utilize an electronic imaging system retain paper files for a few weeks or months before shredding. Banks that rely on paper files retain them indefinitely or as otherwise defined by their retention policies.

Download a study of 94 banks’ retention policies:


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First published on 09/13/2015

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