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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.

How to apply for a certificate of life

You can apply for a Certificate of Life (Attestatie de vita)  at your municipality. We process your application within 5 working days. You will then receive your documents by post. Should you need your documents faster, please make an appointment using the digital form on our website.

There are two types of proof of life documents available in the Netherlands:

  • Proof of life via an excerpt from the civil registry (Basis Registratie Personen BRP). This type is meant for use in the Netherlands only and  can be requested online. We will send you your documents by post within 5 working days.
  • Proof of life signed by an official from the Registry Office. This document can be used in the Netherlands and abroad. You must apply for this type in person. Please make an appointment for this.

You pay a fee for applying for an Attestation de vita. 

Costs (fees) and payment

A fee will be charged for any of these applications. Please contact the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch for more information.

Further information

For applications, costs and conditions, please contact the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch via telephone number or Whatsapp +31 73 - 615 51 55 or send an e-mail via the digital contact form.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch

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5211HH 's-Hertogenbosch

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Last updated on 22 September 2022