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
  • police
  • 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.

Certification of signature

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

Friedrich-Ebert-Damm 245

D-22159 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 53000

Email: drv-nord%27%de,info

All statements mentioned on this website are based on knowledge and experiences of the German missions in Australia at the time the website was published.  As far as correctness and completeness are concerned this information is supplied without liability.

Life certificates for recipients of German old age pensions

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Make an appointment


An appointment is needed at all missions in Australia. Depending on the mission, the appointment can be made online or over the phone.

Australian-German Welfare Society Sydney

The AGWS aims to support Australians with a German-speaking background. Our clients are mainly elderly migrants. Through regular meetings and outings we create an environment of trust and friendship, fighting loneliness and isolation so often connected to old age. Visits of those not able to join are organised by the AGWS. Furthermore, the AGWS certifies life certificates for German pension authorities and offers general advice about German pension matters.

Medical confirmation


In case a recipient of a German pension is not able to sign the life certificate himself/ herself, a medical confirmation is needed to ensure further payment of pension.