Certificate of existence for pensions [fr]

If you are retired and receive a pension paid by a French pension fund, you must regularly prove your existence by submitting a certificate of existence (or certificate of life, certificat de vie/certificat d’existence in French).

Sending my life certificate

You must provide a single life certificate per year for all your pension plans. This can be done online

" Ma retraite à l’étranger ".
" Ma retraite à l’étranger " allows you to receive and return all your documents.

This service is available

If you do not have an account yet, you can create one with a few clicks onwww.info-retraite.fr .

Who can sign your certificate of existence (or certificate of life)?

To fill a certificate of existence, a notice from the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Vieillesse (CNAV) the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Vieillesse (CNAV) specifies that the persons concerned must present themselves in person to the local authorities (see below for Ontario and Manitoba) in order to have the multilingual form signed.

In Ontario and Manitoba, you must contact the local authorities which are:

-  a Town Hall (City Hall, with a Deputy City Clerk),
-  a Notary (Notary public),
-  Commissioner of oaths,

To find the commissionner for oaths closest to you, you can consult the following websites:

You must go to one of these local authorities with your pre-filled form and a piece of identification.

How to send your certificate of existence (or certificate of life)?
As of November 2019, you are required to provide a unique certificate of existence/certificate of life for all of your pension funds. You can do this online by accessing “Ma retraite à l’étranger”, that permits you to download and upload all your documents.

This service is accessible:
-  On www.info-retraite.fr, connecting to your account, or
-  On your pension fund website (www.lassuranceretraite.fr, www.agirc-arrco.fr ou www.retraitesolidarite.caissedesdepots.fr)

If you don’t have an account yet, you can create one on www.info-retraite.fr.


IMPORTANT: Consulates are no longer authorized to sign these documents. Thereby, as of May 1, 2019, the Consulate General of France in Toronto (in Toronto but also on consular tours in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Sudbury and, if applicable, other cities), as well as the Honorary Consul in Sudbury and the Honorary Consul in Winnipeg, will no longer be able to sign your life certificates.

Certificates of existence issued by authorized local authorities are admissible by all pension funds. The pension funds were informed that consulates are no longer authorized to issue such documents.

Last modified on 31/10/2019

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