WASHINGTON--State Attorney General, Rob McKenna, says it depends on the document.
Some, you'll want to keep longer like tax records.
McKenna says keep them for seven years.
Medical records....keep them for one year, but make sure to save any prescription information and medical histories.
Here are some of the more frequent personal documents received in your inbox and mailbox.
Utility and phone bills should be paid and then shredded.
Mckenna gives a 45 day window for credit cards before destroying.
Keep any pay stubs for at least one year.
Insurance records? Maintain it for the life of the policy.
Remember, these items are priceless to thieves.
"It can be a lot more valuable then your DVD player, your computer or even your jewelry because they can use your mortgage statement for example, your bank statements, your credit card statements to steal your identity and open new lines of credit in your name," mentions McKenna.
If you don't own a personal shredder, don't worry.
Each year, KNDU along with other local organizations sponsor FREE shredding events.
McKenna also advises to check with your local bank to see if they can help.