Houses can burn or be broken in.  A big portion of the hustle afterwards is related to the loss of many important documents. If you think about it, you don’t need most documents to be stored close to you physically. I therefore recomend to scan the documents, so that you have the information available, but to physically store them in a secure safe at a bank or other specialized institution. Here is a collection of typical document falling under this category:

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Passports
  • Citizenship papers / Visas
  • Diplomas, school transcrips
  • House & property deeds
  • Insurance policies
  • Medical records
  • Wills

I keep most important documents scanned and save them on the Internet with the advantage of being backed up better than I ever did privately, being accessible from anywhere in the world.

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13 Responses to “Private documents to keep in a save place”

  1. Satai says:

    This is essential for example for home insurance policies. But I use a bit different strategy - to create a notary signed copy of all the documents (in Czech republic it has the same value as original, but I am not sure about the situation in the rest of EU and US) and keep it at my parents. In case I get in troubles, they have all the information they need e.g. my life insurance.

  2. Nicolas says:

    Hi Satai,

    Thanks for your idea. I will add it when I refresh this article the next time. :)

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