Certificate of life in Italy

If you live in Italy and you need a certificate of life, the Dutch embassy in Rome can draw up this document for you. The consulate-general in Milan doesn't issue this statement.

Due to the corona virus, you cannot apply for this certificate at most embassies or consulates-general until further notice. Please check the contact page of the embassy or consulate-general to see if and from when it is possible to apply. Don't see a start date on the contact page? Then it is not yet possible to apply.

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 appear in person at the consular section of the embassy. 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 can then sign and stamp these documents (free of charge). This means you don't have to apply for a separate certificate of life.

But you will need to meet the following conditions:

  • you must be a Dutch national
  • you must appear in person at the embassy
  • 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 in the presence of an embassy staff member

Obtaining a certificate from the municipality or a notary

If you are unable to go to the embassy 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

Application procedure certificate of life in Italy

For a certificate of life you will always need to come in person to the Dutch embassy in Rome, after having made an appointment.

Make an appointment via our online appointment system.


You can check the costs for drawing up a certificate of life on our overview of the consular fees. You can also read there how you can pay at the embassy in Rome.

Any questions?

In case you have a question, you can send an email via the contact form.