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Applying for an Attestatie de vita (Certificate of life) in the Netherlands

The Attestatie de vita is a document that you can use outside the Netherlands to prove that you are alive. Some organizations, such as a pension fund, may request you to produce this document. In the Netherlands you can use the document Bewijs van in leven zijn (Proof of being alive) for the same purpose.

The Attestation de vita is a document in French and Dutch for international use.

Do you need to use such a proof in the Netherlands? Then you need to apply for the document Bewijs van in leven zijn (Proof of being alive).

You can request both documents from your municipality of residence.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Applying for an Attestatie de vita (Certificate of life) in the Netherlands

You need to request an Attestatie de vita (certificate of life) from the municipality where you live and are registered. Only you can make this application; it can't be done on your behalf. You can apply for the Attestatie de vita online, or you can book an appointment at the GemeenteLoket (municipal service desk).

For us to process your application, we'll need the documents listed below. You can upload these during the online application.

If you're visiting the GemeenteLoket (municipal service desk) for your Attestatie de vita, bring these documents to your appointment:

  1. the completed application form or your pension fund's letter bearing your signature 
  2. a copy of your ID (driver's license, passport or identity card)

You can only apply for an Attestatie de vita from us if you reside in Maastricht. If you live in a different municipality, please apply there.

  • Apply online
  • Apply at the GemeenteLoket (by appointment only). Call +31 43 - 350 40 40 to book an appointment.

If you need an Attestatie de vita for your pension fund, it's free of charge. Simply attach the request letter from your pension fund to your application.

You'll receive your Attestatie de vita by post within 2 weeks.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Maastricht

Visiting address

Mosae Forum 10

6211DW Maastricht

Opening hours
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Last updated on 22 September 2022