Applying for an Attestatie de vita (certificate of life)

The Attestatie de vita (certificate of life) is proof that can be used internationally to show that you are still alive. If you require a certificate of life, for example because a foreign organisation has requested it, you can apply at your municipality.

Last updated 28 March 2022

Difference between a certificate of life and a certificate of existence

  • The Attestatie de vita (certificate of life) is an international document that can be used abroad. The certificate of life is taken from the register of births, marriages and deaths. It is written in Dutch and French. Do you want to know which version you need? Ask the organisation that requested it. You can also get an annex to the attestation with an explanation of 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 Basisregistratie Personen – BRP (Personal Records Database) and is intended for use in the Netherlands. 

Applying for a certificate of life

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

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