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Certificate of Existence

(also called a Proof of Life, Certificate of Life or Letter of Existence)

A Certificate of Existence (also called a Proof of Life, Certificate of Life or Letter of Existence) is a certificate produced by a trusted entity to confirm that an individual is still alive.

Governments, pension and insurance companies may request this in order to continue to pay individuals.

The fee for this service is £25 and is payable at the time of presentation. (From 1st April 2024).

Terms and conditions

To enable us to confirm your existence please read the terms and conditions below.

  • You must appear in person at the address below and ask for Proof of Existence.
  • If you require us to confirm your partner/spouse is alive, they must appear in person and must provide a valid ID such as a passport.
  • A valid passport or driving licence must be provided which matches the name on the confirmation of existence form.
  • Your name and address must match with the name and address contained on the confirmation of existence form.  You must provide proof of your address (in paper format) in the form of a:
    • valid Council Tax statement (dated within last 12 months.
    • bank statement (dated within last month)
    • utility bill (dated within last 3 months)
  • The confirmation of existence form you wish us to sign must contain an official English translation if required.
  • If any of the above is not provided, we will be unable to confirm your existence and other arrangements will need to be made. A refund will not be given.
  • The service is available daily.

Once we have seen the evidence and you in person, we will be able to sign and stamp your document.

Verification disclaimer

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council uses all reasonable endeavours to verify documentation presented in support of this application for Certificate of Existence.

The Council accepts no liability whether direct, indirect, incidental or consequential for any error or omission, howsoever caused, that may arise as a result.

Contact us

The Amelia Scott,
Mount Pleasant Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent, TN1 1AW

Tel: +44 (0)1892 526121
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm


Opening Hours

Monday: 9am - 6pm
Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday: 9am - 6pm
Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Excluding Bank Holidays