National Archives of Romania

National Archives of Romania

The National Archives of Romania (Romanian: Arhivele Naţionale ale României) is located in the Capital of Romania, Bucharest. The archives include the central national archive in Bucharest* (for documents for Bucharest municipality (municipiu)) and a regional archive for each of the 41 counties (judet – singular, judete – plural). The word judet often seen as judeţul, means “the district.”

In addition to the government records, and during the Communist era, church records were also added to the archive records. It may be helpful to learn History on the formation of the archives may be helpful.

If you are requesting documents in person, there is a process and several steps are involved . A permit is required and it needs to be obtained before searching in the archives. The permit is valid for 2 years and is only valid for the issuing archive. For information on obtaining a permit click on the Public Services tab and then How to file requests for documents from the National Archives of Romania . There also is a daily charge for copying or taking photographs of the records. Using your own camera or phone for taking photos of the record is allowed.

National Archives of Romania (Central Office)
Regina Elisabeta Blvd. 49,
sector 5, Bucharest, C-050013


Romanian Military Archives and Records of The Secret (Securitate) Police, the police that worked under the Communist government from 1945-1989, are each located in different archives.

Centru de Studii si Pastrare a Arhivelor Militar Istorice
Strada Aleea Poarta Eroilor
110058 Pitesti, ROMANIA

Istoric al Armatei
Strada Drumul Taberei 9-11
061353 Bucuresti 6, ROMANIA

Center for Studies of the Securitate
National Pentru Studiera Archivelor Securitate
Strada Matei Basarab 55-57
030671 Bucuresti 3, ROMANIA

Getting started with the National Archives of Romania:

The CoA of the Romanian National Archives

The CoA of the Romanian National Archives

First select the flag of preference,  English or Romanian. Next select the County Archive tab for an interactive map to select your County of interest. Select a county to find the address and email contact information for the Archives in that County.
If you wish to make a request to the National Archives of Romania for copies of documents for purposes of family history research, you must include some obligatory details to assist the clerks of the National Archives to fulfill your request. Without this information, it is unlikely that your request will be fulfilled. For more information see Guide for Making a Request to National Archives of Romania

Romania 1930 counties.

Administrative map of the Kingdom of Romania in 1930


Romanian Genealogy Society

2 thoughts on “National Archives of Romania

  1. Adriano Nicolao


    I’m sorry that I’m sending this email in English but I don’t speak Romanian. My email is to know about my grandfather. He has born at Bucharest at 24 may 1927, but he lived in Brazil the hold life. His name is Nicolae Niki or Niki Nicolae, and his parentes are Theodor Niki and Anna Markulescu. I got all his documents from Brazil but I don’t have anything from Romanian. How is possible to get it? Could you help me? Please, let me know.

    Thank you.

    1. Dorrene Hern Post author

      Hello Adriano,

      Our society is based in the USA so English is our main language. We do have folks that know Romanian within our circle. Records from Romania are very difficult to obtain, but not always impossible. Romania has restrictions on obtaining records that are less than 100 years old. Request for records over 100 years old need to be pretty much specific. RGS does not do actual research for individuals, we do however, have connections with many different people that help aide in research questions.

      A few suggestions for you, if you have a Facebook account, we have two pages, the main one is mainly for RGS to post info for research, customs, holidays etc. The second page is for folks doing research so they can post questions and others will answer and provide options or input from what they may know. You may wish to check that group out and post your information there. You do not need to speak or write Romanian, some folks do and also help if they can.
      This next one you will need to request to join. This is so that the conversations are kept within the group and not for all on facebook to see.

      Another option might be to contact a Researcher on our list of Researchers who we are aware of and several we have had good results with. This list is on our web page under our Research tab

      A researcher you might wish to contact is on that list.
      Look for Andrei Popescu
      Website: (in Romanian)
      Andrei Popescu is an independent researcher with a Ph.D. in history. He is specialized in
      biographies, genealogy and modern Romanian history in general, being the author of many
      books, articles and other studies. He has been doing genealogical researches since 2006
      studying family history of all classes: local nobility (boieri), bourgeoisie/middle class, peasants.
      Andrei speaks Romanian, English and a little German and is also able to translate Old
      Romanian (with Cyrillic alphabet), as well as documents in other languages (Hungarian, Latin
      etc.) Geographical area: mainly (but not limited to) Wallachia (Muntenia, Oltenia), Moldavia
      (Romanian part), Dobrudja and Southern Transylvania. For those who want to walk in the
      footsteps of their ancestors, Andrei can organize genealogical trips to the places their
      forefathers lived. He can also be a guide and a translator for those who want to research by
      themselves and hold the documents in their own hands. Contact him for more details.

      Hope this will be of help to you. Keep us posted on your findings. It is always good to hear when people make their connection to the “Home Country”.

      Treasurer, RGS


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