Claiming an AOW pension if you live in the Netherlands

If you live in the Netherlands, you will receive a letter from us about claiming your AOW pension about 4 months before you reach your AOW pension age. 

After you receive this letter you can claim your AOW pension. It is not possible to submit your claim earlier. The letter will tell you how to submit your claim.

If you have a Message Box, the letter will be sent to your Message Box.

If it is less than 4 months before you reach your AOW pension age and you have not received a letter from us, please contact us.

Filling in your claim, step by step

Read the simple explanation of when and how to claim your AOW pension.

If you are living or working outside the Netherlands

If you live outside the Netherlands, or if you lived or worked outside the Netherlands before your AOW pension age, select the situation that applies to you and see how to claim an AOW pension.

If you live outside the Netherlands, you should apply for your AOW pension 6 months before you reach your AOW pension age. How to apply depends on the country where you live.

If you lived or worked outside the Netherlands before your AOW pension age, you may also have pension rights in another country.

If you live in the Netherlands, you can claim your AOW pension from us. We will also check whether you have pension rights in another country. If so, we will forward your claim to the pension agency in the other country.

The date you can start receiving your non-Dutch pension may be different from the start date of your AOW pension. If your non-Dutch pension starts before your AOW pension, please contact us.

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Last check: 1 January 2023