Requesting access to the Stasi files as a public/non-public body Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Public/non-public bodies may request access to Stasi records for the purposes of rehabilitation procedures, reparations, pension matters, security and background checks, as well as for verification of activity for the Stasi.

Public and non-public agencies may contact the BStU with requests for purposes specifically defined in the StUG if they need information

  • for the purpose of checking persons with regard to activities for the State Security Service of the former GDR,
  • in the context of rehabilitation and reparation proceedings,
  • in pension matters (conditional),
  • in matters of religious orders or
  • for security and reliability checks


Access to the records of the State Security Service may take the form of

  • written notification,
  • the inspection of files,
  • the handing over of documents,

whereby written communication is the rule.

Upon request, the requesting agency may be sent a supplementary communication with additional copies, if necessary, insofar as technical questions arise from the communication or there is a need for further clarification.

If no information on the purpose is available, an appropriate notification will also be sent.

Due to the legally prescribed purpose limitation, the communication sent may only be used by the requesting body for the respective purpose. This also results in a prohibition of disclosure with regard to the notification and the information contained therein.

This access option to Stasi records is predominantly aimed at public bodies. For non-public bodies, access is possible to a very limited extent. In case of uncertainty, personal consultation with the specialist department is recommended due to the complexity.

  • written request with details of the person(s) requested
    • Name, first name, maiden name
    • Date of birth, place of birth
    • Addresses after the age of 18 and until 1989

  • depending on the purpose of the request, proof that the person in question is aware of the request is required
  • Forms: yes
  • Written form required: informal written form
  • Personal appearance required: no
  • Online procedure possible: no

Related Links

  • Formular zum Ersuchen einer öffentlichen oder nicht-öffentlichen Stelle für eine einzelne Person
  • Formular zum Ersuchen einer öffentlichen oder nicht-öffentlichen Stelle für mehrere Personen (XLSX-Datei)


A request for access is permissible if:

  • a public or non-public body within the meaning of the Federal Data Protection Act makes the request,
  • it is a request for a permissible purpose, such as.
    • the examination of persons with regard to an activity for the State Security Service of the former GDR,
    • in the context of rehabilitation and reparation proceedings,
    • in pension matters (conditional),
    • in matters of religious orders or
    • in security and background checks
  • the request is within the scope of your duties,
  • the use is necessary for the stated purpose

Related Links

  • §§ 19 bis 31 Gesetz über die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (Stasi-Unterlagen-Gesetz StUG)

Related Links

  • Informationen zu Ersuchen öffentlicher und nicht-öffentlicher Stellen auf der Internetseite des BStU
  • Merkblatt für die Einreichung eines Überprüfungsersuchens auf der Internetseite des BStU
  • Stasi-Unterlagen-Kostenordnung mit dem Gebühren- und Auslagenverzeichnis auf der Internetseite der BStU

The public/non-public body must submit a written request to the BStU for access to Stasi documents:

  • To do this, the public/non-public body downloads the form from the BStU's website.
  • The public/non-public body must complete it in full and send it to the BStU by post together with all the necessary documents.
  • In the case of several persons, an XLSX file may be used, which must then be submitted on CD-ROM. This can also be downloaded from the BStU website.
  • After receipt of the request from the public/non-public body, the BStU checks whether the request is admissible, complete, and chargeable.
  • If necessary, the public/non-public body is requested to submit additional information or documents.
  • If all legal requirements for access are fulfilled, research is carried out in the indexed holdings of the State Security Service.
  • If documents are available, they are viewed and evaluated in accordance with the purpose of the request.
  • If no information on the purpose of use of the public/non-public authority could be determined, the public/non-public authority is informed accordingly.
  • As a rule, the public/non-public body subsequently receives a notification by mail, to which duplicates of the original files are attached, if applicable.

Under special conditions, the public/non-public body may also have access to the file after the notification.

Responsible for the content
The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)

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