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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, pension and insurance companies that may request a trusted entity to confirm that an individual is still alive this in order to continue to pay.

When you present your document seeking signature & 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 & stamp a Certificate of Existence if you can provide the above documentation and attend the council in person.

From 12 May 2021, anyone wishing to process their Certificate of Existence should telephone the Chairman's EA on 01494 421951 or email rachel.mozley@buckinghamshire.gov.uk in the first instance, rather than visiting the council office.