Certificate of life in Senegal

If you live in Senegal and you need a certificate of life, the Netherlands embassy in Dakar can draw up this document for you.

Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to apply for a certificate of life at an embassy are limited. To see if it is possible to make an appointment, please check the online appointment system (unless otherwise indicated). If no times are available, it is not yet possible to submit an application at the embassy.

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 financial and benefits agencies draw up their own certificates of life. The embassy can sign and stamp these documents. If the certificate has been issued by a Dutch agency, the embassy will sign and stamp it free of charge, unless this can be done elsewhere locally for free.

You will need to meet certain 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.

If you have a certificate of life issued by a foreign agency, you will need to pay to have it signed and stamped.

Obtaining a certificate from the municipality or a notary

If you are unable to go to the embassy, in some countries 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

How do you apply for a certificate?

Send a scan (in pdf format) of all the required documents to: dak-ca@minbuza.nl. Please don’t forget to mention in your email for which purpose you need the certificate.

How long will this process take?

The average processing time for applications is 10 working days. You may be asked to send additional documents if your application is not complete. Please note! This may result in a delay in processing your application.

You will receive the certificate via email.

Payment

You can check the overview of our consular fees for the costs of a declaration and the payment method.

Any questions?

In case you have a question after reading the information on this page, you can send an email via the contact form. We strive to answer your email within 48 hours.