State Pension if you retire abroad
Report a change in your circumstances
Report changes (such as a change of address or bank details) to the International Pension Centre by phone or in writing - do not send changes by email.
If you’re asked to fill in a ‘life certificate’
You may get a ‘life certificate’ form from the Department for Work and Pensions to check you’re still eligible for the State Pension.
You need to get the form signed by a witness. The instructions are on the form.
Your witness does not have to live in the UK or have a passport from any specific country.
The people who can sign the form are the same as those who can ‘countersign’ a passport photo.
Your payments may be suspended if you do not send the form back.
Returning to the UK
Contact the Pension Service - you need your return date and contact details, both abroad and in the UK.
Call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to say you’re returning to the UK.