Do you live in Samoa and do you need a certificate of life? The honorary consulate in Apia can stamp and sign preprinted statements from for example the SVB and the ABP. Do you need a separate certificate of life? The Dutch embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, can draw up this certificate for you. Read further down this page about the application procedure.
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
Procedure certificate of life for applicants in Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa and Tonga
There is a difference in the application procedure for applying for a pre-printed certificate of life from bodies such as the SVB, ABP etc. and for applying for a certificate of life from the Dutch embassy in Wellington, New Zealand.
Pre-printed certificates of life from for example the SVB or the ABP
Certificates of life drawn up by the Dutch embassy in Wellington, New Zealand
What is the procedure?
- At the time of your appointment, you submit the required documents and pay for the application. In the overview of the consular fees you will find the price of a certificate.
- The honorary consulate will send your application and the required documents to the Dutch embassy in Wellington, New Zealand.
- The embassy prepares the statement and sends it to the honorary consulate.
- The honorary consulate will contact you to make an appointment so that you can collect the statement there.
In case you have a question, you can send an e-mail via the contact form.