Life certificates for recipients of German old age pensions
Once every year you are requested by your German pension authority to submit a life certificate. If you do not present the certificate in time, your pension payments may be suspended. It is therefore important that you fill in the life certificate form completely and always remember to sign it.
In order to have the document certified with an official seal and signature you should go to one of the following places:
- your local Centrelink branch
- Justice of Peace
- your bank manager
- hospital, Red Cross
- Notary Public
- the pastor of your congregation
Any other verification, e.g. by a post office, GP or pharmacist, will not be recognised!
Should you not receive your pension payments from the Deutsche Rentenversicherung DRV (German Federal Pension Fund) but from a different insurance carrier please pay close attention to the information regarding the verification of your life certificate in the accompanying letter. In these exceptional cases a certification by the competent German mission may be requested.
If you are unable to sign the life certificate yourself because of illness, you need to ask your doctor to confirm this on the life certificate form.
If you are no longer in possession of a valid photo ID-document (e.g. passport driver's licence), you can obtain a photo card from the RTA. The German pension authorities accept this document as sufficient proof of ID.
You then have to send the completed and verified life certificate directly to your pension authority in Germany.
If you have any questions, please also contact your pension authority directly.
Deutsche Rentenversicherung Nord
Tel. +49 (0)40 53000