Applying for a Certificate of existence

If you need a Bewijs van in leven zijn (Certificate of existence), for example because your pension fund has requested one, contact your municipality.

Last updated 11 October 2021

Difference between a Certificate of existence and a Certificate of life

  • The Bewijs van in leven zijn (Certificate of existence) is an excerpt taken from the Basisregistratie Personen – BRP (Personal Records Database) and is intended for use in the Netherlands. 
  • The Attestatie de vita (Certificate of life) is an international document that can be used abroad. The Certificate of life is taken from the Registers van de burgerlijke stand (register of births, deaths and marriages). 

Applying to your municipality for a Certificate of existence

You can apply to your municipality for a Certificate of existence. If you have any more questions, contact your municipality.

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