Certificate of life in Canada

If you live in Canada and you need a certificate of life, the embassy or consulate can draw up this document for you.

When might you need a certificate of life?

Dutch financial and benefits agencies like the ABP Pension Fund and the Social Insurance Bank may ask you to provide a certificate of life (verklaring van in leven zijn or attestatie de vita).

What documents do you need?

To apply for a certificate of life, you will need to apply in person at the consular section of the embassy or consulate. You will need to meet the following conditions:

  • you must have a valid Dutch identity document
  • you must be able to provide proof of your nationality or nationalities
  • you must be able to provide proof of your address and place of residence. For example you could produce a certificate of registration from the municipality where you live
  • you must be able to establish your marital status, for example by producing a marriage certificate

You may need to have the original legalised and translated. The rules vary per country.

Getting a certificate of life stamped

Some Dutch financial and benefits agencies draw up their own certificates of life. The embassy or consulate can then sign and stamp these documents. This means you don't have to apply for a separate certificate of life.

But you will need to meet certain conditions:

  • you must be a Dutch national
  • you must appear in person at the embassy or consulate
  • you must produce a valid Dutch identity document
  • you must provide proof of your address, for example official documents issued by the authorities
  • You must sign the documents at the embassy or consulate in the presence of an embassy or consulate staff member.

Obtaining a certificate from the municipality or a notary

If you are unable to go to the embassy or consulate you can instead obtain a certificate of life from the municipal authorities or from a notary in the municipality abroad where you live.

Certificate of life in this country or region

Stamping a certificate of life at the mission.

Some Dutch benefit agencies have their own certificates of life. The embassy or consulate can then sign and stamp these documents. This is a free service. You do not need to apply for a separate certificate of life. You do need to meet these conditions:

  • You have the Dutch nationality
  • You have to visit the embassy or consulate yourself
  • You must show a valid ID (passport or ID card)
  • You can prove your home address: for example with official documents of the authorities

You must sign the documents at the embassy or consulate in the presence of a staff member of the embassy.

How to make an appointment.

The Dutch missions in Canada can draw up or stamp a certificate of life. You must make an appointment using the online appointment system.

If using the services of an honorary consulate, please first email them first directly.