County Archive Research Network (CARN)

CARN stands for County Archive Research Network. The CARN scheme is a nationallyrecognised system of reader's tickets for local authority recordoffices. 

The Archives and Records Association has issued the following tender and related documents to replace and upgrade CARN to a new scheme to be known as the Archives Card.

pdf  Archives Card tender September 2017

Word icon Archives Card registration form

pdf  Public guidelines

pdf  Staff guidelines

Word icon Archives Card diversity monitoring form 

CARN (County Archive Research Network)

The CARN scheme is a nationally recognised system of reader's tickets for local authority record offices, please see a list of participating offices below.

pdf CARN Participating Record Offices

The Reader's ticket scheme was introduced to ensure that users of the record offices could be identified in the unlikely event of documents being stolen or misused and are issued by any participating record office free of charge. 

How a member of the public may register on the scheme

You may register through any of the participating offices.

You must visit and apply in person bringing official proof of identity validating your name with permanent address and signature. You may also be asked to provide 2 passport sized photographs.

Examples of documents that could contain the details required include:

  • Driving licence (name, address and signature)
  • Foreign passport (name and signature)
  • Bank statement (name and address)
  • Pension/benefit book (name and address)
  • Disabled person's registration (name and address)
  • Own vehicle registration documents (name and address)
  • National Archives' readers ticket (but need second ID proof)
  • Credit/debit /cheque guarantee cards (name and signature)

 pdf CARN Notes for Ticket Holders  


CARN is owned and administered by the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland). 

ARA is on the Data Protection Public Register (number Z6266420) kept by the Office of the Information Commissioner.

pdf button CARN Privacy Notice

pdf button CARN Privacy Notice (Welsh)

If you have any more questions please contact the Archives and Records Association for more information.

CARN Services
Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland),
Prioryfield House
20 Canon Street
Tel: 01823 327030
Fax: 01823 271719