What Should You Shred?

Here is a list of documents you should shred regularly.

  • Bank statements
  • Birth certificate copies
  • Canceled and voided checks
  • Credit and charge card bills, carbon copies, summaries and receipts
  • Credit reports and histories
  • Documents containing your maiden name
  • Documents containing names, addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses
  • Documents relating to investments
  • Documents containing passwords or PIN numbers
  • Driver’s licenses or items with a driver’s license number
  • Employee pay stubs
  • Employment records
  • Expired passports and visas
  • Unlaminated identification cards (college IDs, state IDs, employee ID badges, military IDs)
  • Legal documents
  • Investment, stock and property transactions
  • All items with your signature (leases, contracts, letters)
  • Medical and dental records
  • Papers with your social security number
  • Pre-approved credit card applications
  • Receipts with checking account numbers
  • Tax forms



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