Proof of life for AOW Pension

If you live abroad and receive Dutch state pension (AOW), the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) may ask you for proof of life.

You can provide this easily using an app. If you use the app, you do not have to complete a form on paper. If you’re not able to submit proof of life via the app, fill in the life certificate form, have it signed and stamped and return it to the SVB.

Information: You will not receive a letter asking you for proof of life every year. If you have not received a letter, you do not need to take any action.

Other names for proof of life are certificate of life, proof of life declaration, proof of life certificate.

How do I submit proof of life to the SVB using the app?

You can submit proof of life via an app on your smartphone or tablet.

What do I need?

To submit proof of life, you will need the following:

  1. the letter with a QR code from the SVB;
  2. a smartphone or tablet with an NFC reader and an internet connection;
  3. a valid identity document with an NFC chip (passport, ID card or a Dutch driving licence).
Attention: If you do not have a smartphone yourself, you can use someone else’s phone. After you have submitted your proof of life and closed the app, no personal data will be left on the phone.

What do I need to do?

  1. You will receive a life certificate form with a QR code from the SVB by post or digitally via the MijnOverheid Berichtenbox (Message Box).
    If you have a partner, the letter will also contain a QR code for your partner.
  2. Scan the QR code with a smartphone.
    You will be taken automatically to the app store where you can download the Digidentity Wallet. Open the app. You will see the SVB logo and a brief explanation.
  3. The app will show you what to do step by step:
    • First scan your valid passport, ID card or Dutch driving licence.
    • Then take a photo and a short video of your face.
    • If this was successful a green tick will appear.
    • If you see ‘Document succesvol geüpload’ (Document successfully uploaded) you can download a report.
      Do this immediately. You cannot download a report after submitting your proof of life.
    • Tap ‘Next’ to finish.

What should I do if submitting proof of life via the app fails?

If you’re not able to submit proof of life via the app, you can fill in the life certificate form on paper. You must get this form signed by an official organisation and return it to the SVB. Find out below how to do that.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.