Life certificate

You can use a life certificate to give proof of your basic information and your existence at the certificate's time of issue. Typically, the certificate is needed for estate inventory. You can order at the same time a particular certificate both for yourself and your dependants. You get a separate certificate for each individual. 

The certificate includes the following information:

Either a confirmation that the person is alive or a statement that it could not be confirmed whether they are alive or not, name, date of birth, municipality of residence and permanent address.

In addition, you can choose whether previous names will be shown on the certificate. You can choose to replace the date of birth with personal identity code. If the person concerned has a legal guardian or a legal guardianship authorisation, this will also be shown on the certificate.


Do the following

The information shown on the certificates is taken from the Population Information System. You can check your personal information by using the Check Your Registered Data service.

You can order certificates after you have identified yourself in the service. You can identify yourself, for example, by using your online banking codes or a mobile certificate. You can pay the certificate by making an online payment.

If you are going to use the certificate in Finland, it will be delivered electronically. You can download the certificate in PDF format right after paying or the certificate will be sent to you in Messages. To have the certificate sent to you, you will need to have enabled Messages. Due to privacy reasons, the certificate will not be sent directly to your email.

If the certificate is required by an authority in an EU member state, the certificate will be posted to you. Your order will be processed within 2–5 business days, after which the Post will deliver the certificate.

Certificates from the Population Information System

Please note that if you are permanently living abroad, you cannot order certificates using the e-service. Instead, you need to contact Digital and Population Data Services Agency's Customer service for private customers.

In addition to the electronic service, you can order the certificate either by encrypted e-mail, telephone or by submitting a form. All electronic and printable forms can be found in the Forms section of our website

All certificates can also be ordered from any of our service locations in Finnish, Swedish and English, even while waiting. Certificates are also available in Spanish, Italian, French and German, with longer delivery times.



Ordering from self-service

  • Electronic certificate, 5€/document
  • Certificate by post, 7 €/document

Using other channels

  • Certificate 9€/document
  • EU standard multilingual form 6€/document
  • Apostille certificate 13€/document

The billing surcharge is 7€.


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