Does an organisation outside the Netherlands (e.g. a pension fund) need proof that you are alive? Then you need an Attestatie de vita (certificate of life). You can apply for this at your municipality.
There are 2 types of proof of life documents that are available in the Netherlands:
- The Attestatie de vita is an international document in Dutch and French. This document comes from the Register of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships (registers van de burgerlijke stand). You can use the certificate outside the Netherlands. You can also get an annex to the certificate explaining the document in German, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.
- The Bewijs van in leven zijn (certificate of existence) is an excerpt taken from the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP). This states that you are registered as alive in the BRP. This extract is in Dutch and can be used in the Netherlands.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
Municipality of Hollands Kroon: Applying for an Attestatie de vita (certificate of life)
Attestation de vita is an international extract that is used to prove to authorities that you are alive.
You can request the attestation de vita digitally.
Do you need a attestation de vita for your pension? Then add the letter from your pension fund stating that you need a attestation de vita. You only need to upload the page stating that it is for a pension benefit.
You log in with DigiD. You pay immediately and the extract will be sent to your home.
An attestation de vita costs € 15.70 (rate 2023). An attestation de vita is free if you can show that it is for a pension benefit. You can demonstrate this with a letter that refers to Article 93 of the Pension Act.
You will receive the attestation de vita within five working days.