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25 June 2021

What is a Certificate of Life and why might I need one?

If you are fortunate to receive a pension from an overseas organisation, that organisation could ask you to provide evidence that you are alive, also known as the Proof of Life Certificate- on a yearly basis.

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Usually produced by a trusted entity to confirm that an individual is still alive, a Certificate of Existence (also called a Proof of Life, Certificate of Life or Letter of Existence) is required by governments, pension and insurance companies to continue to pay individuals.

Overseas organisations are taking these precautions to make sure that:

  • Relatives have not wrongfully claimed the pension. It is important that these organisations ask for this proof of life to prevent fraud on your pension. 
  • Incapacitated pensioners are protected from financial abuse by family members and friends. 
  • They are updated on the pensioners change in circumstances.


How do I get
a Certificate of Life?

Overseas organisations usually provide a standard form and expect you to have this signed by a notary public in England, who can then testify that you are in fact still alive.

The form will also need to be signed by a witness, this witness does not have to reside in the UK. The witness must be someone who does not live with you and is not related to you.

What documents are required to obtain a Certificate of Life? 

When you present your document to confirm your existence within the UK, you must:

  • Have an English translation of the document.
  • Appear in person
  • Have your original passport


We will then sign and date stamp your document and add a qualifying label.

READY FOR ASSISTANCE?

If you have any questions about our notary, apostille or consular services,
contact Woodcock Notary Public today.

Call us on 0800 049 2471 or email info@woodcocknotarypublic.com.

If you have any questions about our notary, apostille or consular services, contact Woodcock Notary Public today.

Call us on 0800 049 2471 or email info@woodcocknotarypublic.com.