The life certificate (attestation d’existence)

You can obtain a life certificate (“attestation d’existence”), either in person or by post.

Requesting your life certificate in person:

- At the French Consulate in London without an appointment :


Consulat général de France
Service social P.O. Box 520
21, Cromwell Road
LONDON SW7 2EN

From Monday to Thursday 8 .45 am -12.00 / 2.00-5.00p.m
on Friday 8.45a.m-1p.m / 2.00-3.00p.m

- By making an appointment with the Honorary Consul closest to you.

To check the list of Honorary Consuls, please click here

In these two cases, please remember to bring the following documents with you:

- The form sent to you by the pension office in France
- Your current passport or ID card
- A proof of address such as an electricity/water/Council tax bill or bank statement

The certificate will be provided to you straight away.

Sending your request by post:

You can send the documents to the Social Department of the French Consulate in London:


Consulat général de France
Service social P.O. Box 520
21, Cromwell Road
LONDON SW7 2EN

Please send the following documents :

- A letter requesting a life certificate,
- The form sent to you by the pension office in France,
- A photocopy of your current passport or ID card. For married women, please write down your maiden name as it does not appear on British passports,
- A certificate from your GP stating that you are alive,
- A proof of address such as an electricity/water/Council tax bill or bank statement,
- A stamped self-addressed envelope.

It remains your responsibility to send the life certificate to your pension office in France.

Published on 02/06/2015

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