Life Certificate
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Life Certificate

  • There is no need to take an appointment. Applicants could visit The Consulate on any working day between 9AM -12 Noon. The service will be on first come first serve basis.     

  • The Consulate reserves the right to reject attestation of documents the contents of which are objectionable or contrary to the Rules.

  • The Consulate does not attest any document issued by authorities in India. If any document issued by authorities in India (such as birth and death certificates, affidavits, diplomas, marriage certificate and educational certificates issued by authorities in India ) are required to be presented to authorities in USA, these should be apostilled in India. For details, please check the website “Legalization of Documents” at h 

  • If on Visitors' Visa (B1/B2), only one time Life Certificate service will be given.



Applying In Person:

The Applicant who is seeking Life Certificate, needs to appear in person.

Supporting Document: Carry originals of all the supporting documents to be presented to the Consular Officer (photocopies of which are to be attached with the application).  In case you are not able to present the original documents at the counter bring notarized copy of documents being attached to the application.  Ensure that notarized copy is legible, otherwise Consulate may ask to see the original. However, the passport should be presented in original.

Proof of any Indian connection by way of previous/cancelled Indian passport, OCI/PIO card, Pension Payment Order, Bank statement in which pension is being received etc. is required for issuance of Life Certificate. For those applications being sent by mail, notarized copy of any one of the above document has to be attached along with the application. A copy of the applicant’s photo ID is required to be submitted

Fee :  Gratis (no fee). If you want to receive the attested documents back through mail, send a trackable pre-paid return mailing envelope (USPS 'Express Mail' or FEDEX etc.)  

Delivery of Documents (Pick-up Hours) :  04.00 pm to 04.45 pm (Monday to Friday)


Applying by mail

Photo needs to be notarized when sending by mail.

Mailing Address:

Miscellaneous Cell
Consulate General of India,
540 Arguello Boulevard;
San Francisco CA 94118

Supporting Documents: Photocopy of all supporting documents should be notarized and attached to the application. Do not send any original documents except the PASSPORT.  Also, Photo needs to be notarized when sending by mail

Fee :  Gratis (no fee).  If you want to receive the attested documents back through mail, send a trackable pre-paid return mailing envelope (USPS 'Express Mail' or FEDEX etc.)  

How to Apply:

  • Miscellaneous Services Form - Download the Miscellaneous Application form and complete the application form.

  • Attach the following documents with the application form.

  • Proof of your US Visa Status:(copy of any one of the following)

    • Clear Photocopy of Green Card

    • I-797, I-140 or I-20 (If approval copy of these notices are pending, also attach a handwritten note detailing the efforts being taken to regularize status)

  •  Proof of current US residence address: (copy of any one of the following)

    • U.S Driving license.

    • PG&E, Water or landline telephone bill displaying applicant’s address

    • House Lease Agreement

    • State Identification Card

    • Note: Bank/credit card/mobile phone statements are not accepted as residence proof

  • In case the Consulate receives applications with incomplete documentation, the same would be sent back unprocessed in the return envelope sent by the applicant.


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