If you live in Estonia and you need a certificate of life, the embassy or consulate can draw up this document for you.
If you want to apply for a certificate of life in Estonia, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 passport or ID card
- 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 passport or ID card
- 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
You can have a certificate of life drawn up by the Dutch embassy in Tallinn. Applying for this declaration costs EUR 30.
Dutch citizens residing in Estonia, who need to prove their 'being alive status' to the Dutch pension fund, can get their ENG-language pre-filled documents signed and stamped in Estonian Social Insurance Board (Sotsiaalkindlustusamet).
The signing and stamping of a pre-filled document is free of charge.
- You can get your certificate of life stamped in Tallinn at the Social Insurance Board.
- On the website of the Social Insurance Board (information in Estonian), you can also find locations in other Estonian cities.
- You must appear to this appointment in person, together with a valid identity document and the English document requiring a signature and/or stamp. You can book an appointment in advance by calling the information line +372 612 1360.