National Stolen Art File Law and Legal Definition

The National Stolen Art File (NSAF) is a computerized index of stolen art and cultural property. This database stores information on art theft as reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and the world.

The NSAF includes images and physical descriptions of stolen and recovered objects. The database also includes investigative case information about the stolen property. The NSAF aims to provide investigative law enforcement officers with information concerning art theft.

The online version of the NSAF can be searched by the public. Any information concerning these stolen articles can be reported to the FBI officials. However, the online version does not store investigative information.

Objects meeting the criteria given below are eligible to be entered into the NSAF:

The object must be uniquely identifiable and have historical or artistic significance. This includes fine arts, decorative arts, antiquities, Asian art, Islamic art, Native American art, ethnographic objects, archaeological material, textiles, books and manuscripts, clocks and watches, coins, stamps, musical instruments, and scientific instruments.

The object must be valued at least $2,000; or less if associated with a major crime, and

The request must come through a law enforcement agency accompanied by a physical description of the object, a photograph of the object if available, and a copy of any police reports or other information relevant to the investigation.

Requests for searches of the NSAF must be made through a law enforcement agency in support of a criminal investigation. Individuals or organizations in the U.S. wishing to access the NSAF should contact their local FBI office, and foreign organizations should contact a Federal Bureau of Investigation Legal Attache office.