To avoid paying benefits that are not due, the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) carries out checks to make sure that benefit recipients are neither fictitious nor deceased. Every year it sends a life and civil status certificate to all beneficiaries, who must have the completed and signed form witnessed by a competent authority before returning it to the SCO in Geneva within 90 days. Failure to meet the deadline may lead to an interruption in benefit payments. New claimants first receive the form 12 months after their benefit entitlement begins.
Life and civil status certificate
Life confirmations during COVID-19
Due to the current situation, the Swiss Central Compensation Office temporarily accepts life certificates by email until the end of 2020. These can be confirmed by the insured persons by means of a signature (without an official stamp).
Inquiries and life certificates should be sent to the following e-mail address: email@example.com
Please note: This exception applies to Swiss abroad and only for this year.
The following applies to all other nationals: A confirmation signed by the beneficiary himself/herself will be accepted, but they will be requested by the Swiss Compensation Office to send in a life certificate confirmed by a recognized authority as soon as the situation allows.
In New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Niue the following authorities can certify a Life Certificate:
- Embassy of Switzerland in Wellington
- Honorary Consulates in Auckland, Apia, Suva and Nuku’alofa
- Notary Public
- Justice of the Peace
If you have any questions, please contact the Swiss Central Compensation Office:
Central compensation Office
Voluntary scheme - benefits
Avenue Edmond-Vaucher 18
Case Postale 3100
CH 1211 Genève 2
Tel : +41 (0)22 795 91 11
Fax : +41 (0)22 795 97 03
Regardless of the procedure pertaining to the life and civil status certificate, benefit recipients must immediately notify the office that disburses their benefits of any changes in their personal circumstances which might lead to the withdrawal of, or increase in, benefits and of any change of their home or payment address.
If you are registered with a Swiss representation, you should also inform it of any change of address or civil status.