Attestatie de Vita

As a resident of the Netherlands as of May 2016 you are no longer required to send an Attestatie de Vita, or certificate of life, to the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) (Social Insurance Bank). SVB Curaçao and SVB Netherlands signed a cooperation agreement so that henceforth SVB Netherlands verifies whether the beneficiary is still living. Previously, retirees had to submit half-yearly proof that they were alive if they wanted to continue receiving their pensions.

With the new agreement, both bodies inform each other when a person dies. This means that as of May, pensioners no longer have to go to the Curaçao House or to the municipalities on a semi-annual basis in order to obtain evidence that they are still living. Because of this they are no longer in default by not submitting evidence and the SVB will therefore no longer stop paying benefits in case a pensioner forgets to send evidence. The latter does not apply to persons whose state pension (AOW) has been stopped. They must still submit an Attestatie de Vita.

The Curaçao House is authorized to draw up an Attestatie de Vita according to the Notaries Act or the Dutch Civil Code. The certificate of life is intended for use by benefits agencies in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and the three special municipalities Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.

In order to obtain an Attestatie de Vita you will have to make an appointment using the digital agenda.

You will need the following documents for your Attestatie de Vita:

  • Valid ID.
  • Allocation decision of benefits agency.

Here you will find a list of benefits agencies and their contact details. If necessary you can contact these benefits agencies. 

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