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A page of the Stasi Records Act

Legal Basis

The Stasi Records Act of December 29, 1991 forms the legal basis for the work of the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic.

Stasi Records Act

Text of the Stasi Records Act
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Stasi Records Act schedule of costs

Persons concerned, third parties and near relatives are exempted from fees charged for viewing files. There is a basic charge of €5.11 for the production of copies. Charges are also issued based on the number of copies made when the sum is more than €2.56. A standard A4-copy costs 3 cents.

Former employees and beneficiaries of the State Security Service are charged €76.69 for information or to view records. They are charged 10 cents for each A4 copy.

More information is available in our Cost Ordinance (in German only) and the List of Fees.