Certificate of existence

Certificates of existence for pension purposes related to Germany are confirmed by the Embassy in London during office hours. No fee is charged for German state pensions and no appointment is necessary, but you do have to come in person. Please bring your passport with you. Click here for our opening times.

The certificate of existence can also be confirmed at the Consulate General in Edinburgh, Honorary Consuls of the Federal Republic of Germany, at police stations or by a priest. For general queries related to German retirement pensions and to claim a pension please contact the relevant German authority directly:

Deutsche Rentenversicherung Nord

Friedrich-Ebert-Damm 245
D-22159 Hamburg

phone: +49 (0)40 53000
email: info@drv-nord.de

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