Certificate of existence

A Certificate of Existence (also called a Proof of Life, Certificate of Life or Letter of Existence) is a document produced by foreign governments for pension and insurance companies that may request a trusted entity to confirm that an individual is still alive. This is in order to continue to pay.

When you present your document seeking signature and stamp, you must:

  • have an English translation of the document
  • appear in person
  • either appear on the current Register of Electors for the property or show us your passport (not a copy) or an alternative picture form of identification (for example a driving licence, utility bill, etc)

We are able to sign and stamp a Certificate of Existence if you can provide the above documentation and attend the council in person.

Contact us

If you would like to process a Certificate of Existence, visit one of our Council Access Offices:

King George V House
King George V Road

Walton Street Offices
Walton Street
HP20 1UA

High Wycombe (appointment only)
Queen Victoria Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1BB

The process may take up to 30 minutes.

You do not need to make an appointment for Amersham and Aylesbury. However if you would like to make an appointment at the Wycombe office, email [email protected].