Records’ accessibility

The use of archival records and finding aids is free of charge. In principle, copies of archival records are provided to users, while originals are provided for use only if there are no copies of the records or if the method of work so requires. Documents required for official purposes are provided for use in the form of certified copies.

Use of archival records can be temporarily suspended when:

  • the records are damaged
  • the records are not arranged or they are still in the process of archival arrangement
  • required records are already being used by someone else
  • copies of required records are being made at the time
  • the records are undergoing restoration
  • the records are lent for exhibitions


Some limitations to be aware of

Every user has the right to use archives on equal terms with all other users.

Public archives become accessible to the public 30 years after their date of origin, but they also may become available before the expiration of the set limit if the records were intended for public use from the outset or if their creator approved the records for early release when they were acquired by the archives.

Public archives containing information referring to the defence, international relations, economic interest of the state and affairs of national security, whose publication could cause harmful consequences for the national security or to the national interest of the Republic of Croatia, become accessible for public use 50 years after their date of origin provided separate regulations do not determine otherwise.

Public archives referring to personal data (register of births, marriages and deaths, medical documentation, personal files, juridical, tax, financial files etc.) become accessible 70 years after their date of origin, 100 years after the birth or 10 years after the death of the person relevant to the records.

Creators of the records are allowed to use the archival records without any restrictions, but only for the purpose or activities originally intended for those records.