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 Rotterdam: Applying for an Attestatie de vita (certificate of life)
You can apply for an Attestatie de vita (certificate of life) from the municipality where you live and are registered. You can only make the application yourself. Someone else cannot do it for you. You must make an appointment with the municipality to apply for a certificate of life.
You can apply for a certificate of life using your DigiD. You can pay online using iDeal. If you can't pay with iDeal, apply by post instead.
Fill out the form and send your application to:
Gegevensverstrekking uit de BRP
P.O. Box 70013
3000 KR Rotterdam
The document will be sent to you by post. You will receive the bill separately.
- A valid identity document, such as your passport or driving licence.
- Cash or a payment card. You pay the fee at the time of application.
A certificate of life costs: € 14.30.
The document will be sent to you by post within 5 working days.