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
Attestation de Vita (International Certificate of Proof Life)
An attestation de vita is an international certificate of proof of life. You must request an attestation de vita in person at the municipality.
If you are in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba and need to prove that you are alive, you should not request an attestation de vita but a proof of life.
You will receive your attestation de vita immediately.
- Valid proof of identity;
- If you are applying for an attestation de vita for a pension fund, you must also bring the letter in which you were asked for the attestation de vita with you.
You must request an attestation de vita in person at the municipality.
You get the certificate immediately.