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Fees for Viewing Records

Persons concerned, third parties and near relatives are exempted from fees. A small administrative fee is charged for the production of copies and for the number of copies made.

Petitions from public offices are processed free of charge. Private offices are generally obliged to pay fees.

Requests submitted by scholars and journalists conducting historical and political research are obliged to pay fees. Journalists and scholarly studies conducted on behalf of federal and state public offices are exempted from fees.

The legal basis for fees and expenses is provided by the Stasi Records Act and Cost Ordinance (in German only). The specific charges are detailed in the List of Fees.

A. Fees
No.Fee itemAmount due (€)
I.Information and Notifications
1.Written information to employees *) or beneficiaries (§§ 12, 16, 17 StUG)
a)Without previous viewing of records76,69
b)After previous viewing of records20,45
2.Written notification to private agencies (§§ 19, 20, 21 StUG)
a)If records exist38,35
b)If records do not exist12,78
II.Viewing Records
1.Viewing by employees *) or beneficiaries (§§ 12, 16, 17 StUG)
a)Viewing without previous receipt of written information76,69
b)Viewing after previous receipt of written information20,45
2.Viewing by private agencies and for purposes of research (§§ 19, 20, 21, 32 StUG)
a)Viewing without previous receipt of written notification38,35
b)Viewing after previous receipt of written notification10,23
3.Viewing by press, radio, film (§§ 33, 34 StUG)76,69
III.Release
1.Release of copies to employees *) or beneficiaries (§§ 12, 16, 17 StUG)
a)Release without previous receipt of information and without viewing 76,69
b)Release without previous viewing20,45
c)Release after viewing5,11
2.Release of copies to affected persons, third parties and near relatives of missing or deceased persons (§§ 12, 13, 15 StUG)5,11
3.Release of copies to private agencies and for purposes of research (§§ 19, 20, 21, 32 StUG)
a)Release without previous viewing10,23
b)Release after previous viewing5,11
4.Release of copies to press, radio, film (§§ 33, 34 StUG)
a)Release without previous viewing76,69
b)Release after previous viewing38,35

Additional fees are charged in cases I to III.

B. Expenditure
No.Expenditure itemAmount due (€)
1.Production of copies to be released to
a)Affected persons, third parties and near relatives of missing or deceased persons (§§ 12, 13, 15 StUG)Each DIN A4 paper copy – 0.03
Each DIN A3 paper copy - 0,05
Reproductions of filmed files per page – 0.08
b)Employee *), beneficiary (§§ 12, 16, 17 StUG)
Private agencies, research and media
(§§ 19, 20, 21, 32, 33, 34 StUG)
Each DIN A4 paper copy - 0,10
Each DIN A3 paper copy – 0.15
Reproduction of filmed files per page – 0.26
2.Production of copies or duplicates of other information carrierspayment in full
3.Cost for special packaging and transportpayment in full

*) also valid for persons to whom the provisions regarding employees apply (§ 6 (5) StUG).

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