If you live outside the Netherlands and receive an AOW pension, the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) may ask you for a life certificate to prove that you are still alive.
Life certificates are also known as:
- proof of life certificates
- proof of life declarations
- declarations of existence
Life certificate form
The SVB will send you a life certificate form by post or digitally via your Message Box (Berichtenbox) that you must:
- having officially signed
- return to the SVB.
Have the form signed
The form must be officially signed when you have completed it. The form you receive from the SVB will explain who you can ask to sign it. You must visit the person who is to sign the form.
You can in any event ask:
- the Dutch embassy or consulate-general if you are a Dutch national;
- the SVB office at the embassy in Ankara, Madrid (information in Dutch), Paramaribo (information in Dutch) or Rabat (information in Duch). You can also contact these offices if you or your partner is not a Dutch national.
If there are other options specified on the form, you can, for example, go to a notary. However, be aware that you will need to have the form translated and legalised. There is a fee for this service.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may not be possible to have an embassy or consulate-general sign a proof of life certificate/declaration, or certain restrictions may apply. Check the online appointment system to see whether it is possible to make an appointment. If no appointments are available, it means it is not possible to visit the embassy or consulate-general.
Return the form to the SVB
When your completed form has been signed, you must return it and any supporting documents to the SVB. There are two options:
- upload the form in MySVB (information in Dutch) using your DigiD or another EU-approved login key;
- send the form to: SVB, Postbus 40280, 3504 AB Utrecht, The Netherlands.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.