Getting a life certificate

A ‘life certificate’ is a form that might be sent to you by the Department for Work and Pensions to check you’re still alive – and eligible for the State Pension.

If you receive one, you should have it signed by a witness (anybody who can ‘countersign’ a passport photo will do) and send it back, as instructed on the form. Your payments may be suspended if you don’t send it back.

Check the list of people who can witness a life certificate. This is the same as the list of people who can ‘countersign’ a passport photo – though they don’t need to live in the UK, or have a passport from a specific country.

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