If an AOW pensioner dies

If someone who was receiving an AOW pension dies, their AOW pension and AOW top-up will stop on the day after the date of death.

Select the relevant situation and read more about the deceased’s AOW pension, holiday allowance and annual statement.

The holiday allowance that was built up each month from May until the date of death will be paid into the deceased’s bank account. 

If AOW pension and AOW top-up have already been paid for the full month, we may have paid too much. We will deduct the overpaid amount from the holiday allowance. If the amount overpaid is more than the holiday allowance, the rest will have to be repaid by the family of the deceased.

Our letter about the deceased’s AOW pension and the annual AOW pension statement

The letter about AOW pension will be sent to the last address we have for the deceased. 

The annual statement will be enclosed with the letter. It is important to keep the annual statement. Annual statements cannot be sent digitally.

My SVB

It is not possible to log in to the My SVB account of a deceased person to view their details.

The surviving partner will get a death grant and the holiday allowance that was built up each month from May until the date of death. 

If AOW pension and AOW top-up have already been paid for the full month, we may have paid too much. We will deduct the overpaid amount from the holiday allowance and the death grant. 

The surviving partner also receives an AOW pension 

If you are the deceased’s partner and you receive an AOW pension, your pension will go up automatically starting from the month in which your partner died. This is the higher rate for a person living alone. 

The surviving partner has not yet reached the AOW pension age. 

If you are the deceased’s partner and you have not yet reached your AOW pension age, you can qualify for an AOW survivor benefit if you meet 1 of the following conditions: 

  • you look after a child under 18, or 
  • you are at least 45% incapacitated for work 

Our letter about the deceased’s AOW pension and the annual AOW pension statement 

We will send you a letter about the deceased’s AOW pension. This letter will include their annual AOW pension statement. It is important to keep the annual statement. Annual statements cannot be sent digitally.

My SVB

It is not possible to log in to the My SVB account of a deceased person to view their details.

A one-off payment (death grant) for the surviving partner 

If you are the deceased’s partner, you will receive the death grant automatically. You do not need to do anything yourself. If you and the deceased were separated, you cannot get a death grant.

The deceased did not have a partner

If there is no surviving partner, the death grant can be paid to the deceased’s children under 18. If there are no children under 18, the death grant can be paid to the person who was sharing a household with the deceased. This could also be a child of the deceased aged 18 or older.

When should you apply for a death grant?

If you think you qualify for the death grant but you have not received it, please contact us. Requests for a death grant must be made within 1 year after the date of death.

When should you report a death to us?

If the deceased was living in the Netherlands, you should report the death to the municipality where the death occurred. In some situations, you may also have to report it to us. 

Select the situation and read whether you need to report the death to us and within how many weeks.

You do not need to report the death to us. However, it must be reported to the municipality (gemeente) where the death occurred. 

First, you will need a death certificate from the deceased’s family doctor or a doctor from the hospital. You can ask the funeral director to report the death and make all the necessary arrangements.

The municipality (gemeente) will report the death to us. We will send a letter to the surviving partner or relatives to inform them of the consequences for the deceased’s AOW pension.

In that case, you need to report the death to us within 4 weeks. The sooner you inform us, the sooner we can stop the pension payments. 

We will send a letter to the surviving partner or relatives to inform them of the consequences for the deceased’s AOW pension.

In that case, you need to report the death to us within 6 weeks. The sooner you inform us, the sooner we can stop the pension payments. 

We will send a letter to the surviving partner or relatives to inform them of the consequences for the deceased’s AOW pension.

In that case, you need to report the death to us within 6 weeks. The sooner you inform us, the sooner we can stop the pension payments.

We will send a letter to the surviving partner or relatives to inform them of the consequences for the deceased’s AOW pension.

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Last check: 24 September 2021