State Agency Records Retention Schedule Recertification

This page is intended to aid state agencies with the recertification of their records retention schedules.

Recertification Materials

**Important News: Processes and related materials for the submission of an agency retention schedule or amendment are currently being revised. Please contact your analyst before submitting an amendment or schedule.

The materials listed below will assist you in preparing your records retention schedule.



  • Agency Archival Appraisal Reports - These are comprehensive accounts of the process of appraising the records of an agency and of the resulting appraisal decisions. The reports can be read to determine (as of the date of the report) which records of an agency are of archival value; which records the Texas State Library and Archives Commission holds; which records the agency maintains and for how long; and which records are not archival. Please note that not all state agencies have undergone the archival appraisal process.

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Additional information on what records the State Archives determines to be archival and other frequently asked questions can be found on the State Archives FAQs for State Agencies web page here.

Laws and Rules

State Records Management Laws (State Agency Bulletin 4) require state agencies to develop records retention schedules. Texas state agencies are required to submit their retention schedules to TSLAC on a timetable established by administrative rule. The rules governing retention scheduling are published as State Agency Bulletin 3. If a record series does not appear on a certified records retention schedule, it may not be destroyed without obtaining special permission of TSLAC's executive director.

For additional assistance with the certification process, please contact the analyst assigned to your agency.

Page last modified: April 20, 2017