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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.

Request proof of 'being alive'

If you have to prove to a Dutch authority that you are alive, you will need proof of 'being alive'. If it concerns a foreign body, you need a attestatie de vita. You request your proof online with DigiD. Or you can make an appointment with the municipality.

You are registered in the municipality of Woerden.

-Your DigiD (online) or proof of identity (for the appointment).
-A letter from a foreign agency (if you have one).


You can request your proof online. You need DigiD for this.

At the counter

You can also collect your proof at the counter of town hall. You must make an appointment for this.

Please note: if you need the proof for your pension fund, you can only get the proof via an appointment and not online.

-Free (if you need the proof for your pension fund)
-€13 (if you do not need the proof for your pension fund)

-If you request your proof online, you will receive your proof by post within 3 working days.
-When you make an appointment, you will immediately receive your proof.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Woerden

Visiting address

Blekerijlaan 14

3447GR Woerden

Opening hours
08:30 - 16:30
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Last updated on 22 September 2022