Being asked to prove that you are alive might seem like a strange request, but if you receive a pension from outside of Canada, it is likely that you will be asked to do this at some point. Many countries ask pensioners to submit a proof of life form, also called a life certificate, certificate of life, or a certificate of existence.
A proof of life document, or life certificate, is a document used by governments, pension funds and insurance companies to make sure that individuals are alive and continue to qualify for benefits. Usually the proof of life document requires a professional like a notary public to confirm that the benefits recipient is alive.
Many organizations ask that these documents be submitted every one to two years, while some require them every six months. This often varies by country.
It is important to read the instructions for the document very carefully, to make sure that your form can be witnessed by a Notary Public who checks your identification. A notary public cannot sign a form that requires a witness or guarantor to state that they know you personally, often for two years or more.
You need to go in person to meet with the notary, and sign the form in the notary’s presence. You also need to bring valid government issued photo identification, such as a passport. If the document also wants the notary to confirm other information such as proof of your address, you must also bring identification with your address on it, such as a driver’s licence.
The notary will review your identification, witness your signature if required, and fill out the notary portion of your form. They will also sign, date and place their notary seal on the form.
It is possible to arrange for a mobile notary to come to your location to notarize your document.
With locations across Canada, Red Seal Notary can take care of your notarization needs. Please contact us to book an appointment or arrange for mobile notary service. Our knowledgeable customer service staff are available to assist you Mondays through Saturdays via phone, email, or online chat. Or just drop in at one of our convenient walk in locations.