France’s retirement pension schemes have set up in 2019 a Shared Verification of Existence (“MCE”) program for pensioners residing abroad. It has just been extended to residents of New-Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna.
If you are in one of these cases, you are now only required to prove your existence once (and only once) a year in order to continue drawing all of your pensions.
The sending of certificates of existence is spread out throughout each year.
When time comes, you receive a letter
Either by standard mail, containing the document that needs to be filled out,
Or by email, asking you to log in to:
- Your pension account on info-retraite.fr,
- or your personal account on: lassuranceretraite.fr, agirc-arrco.fr, retraitesolidarite.caissedesdepots.fr,
to learn about the Shared Verification of Existence (“MCE”) program and find your certificate of existence (of life).
The law requires you to send back:
- Your certificate of existence (of life): you will need to have this document filled out and signed by the French consulate or by a recognized authorities (town hall or other authority) in your place of residence, and also sign it yourself.
- In some cases, a certificate of marital status is also required.
To save time, you can also submit your documents online:
- Scan your documents once they have been filled out, dated, and signed,
- Log in to your pension account on info-retraite.fr or your personal account on: lassuranceretraite.fr, agirc-arrco.fr, retraitesolidarite.caissedesdepots.fr,
- Go to the “My pension abroad” service to upload and submit your documents.
Access to this service is secure, your documents are sent immediately and you receive confirmation of receipt.
Once you have submitted your documentation electronically, it will be shared with all of the France’s funds that you are drawing a pension from.
If you don’t have Internet access:
You can still submit your documents to the address below by standard mail:
|Centre de traitement|
|Certificat de vie|
|CS 13 999 ESVRES|
|37 321 TOURS CEDEX 9|
Please do not submit your documents to CRPN
If your certificate of existence (of life) is not submitted, you will be notified of the suspension of your pension payments. As soon as you have submitted the correctly completed document, you will begin receiving your pension again along with any arrears.