Mandatory INSS Life Proof receives very important changes

INSS proof of life looks completely different in 2024! See everything you need to know about the updated version of the exam.

In a movement that will redefine the way millions of Brazilians interact with the National Social Security Institute (INSS), proof of life, an annual ritual for retirees, pensioners and aid beneficiaries, has undergone significant changes from 2023 onwards.

These changes, which promise to simplify the lives of policyholders, mark a new chapter in the history of social security in Brazil. Check out more details below!

Everything about the new mandatory INSS life test! Credit: plasticaxe.

What is the mandatory proof of life in the INSS?

Traditionally, proof of life is a procedure required by the INSS to confirm that its beneficiaries are alive and, thus, avoid fraud and improper payments.

Until recently, this proof was carried out annually, requiring beneficiaries to go to a bank to carry out the process. However, with the new changes, this reality is about to be transformed.

Ordinance brings major changes to proof of life

Ordinance 1,408 was a watershed, transferring the responsibility for confirming the existence of policyholders to the INSS itself.

This means that annual attendance at banks, a requirement that many saw as an inconvenience, especially for the elderly or those with mobility difficulties, is no longer mandatory.

Now, the INSS has the task of using databases from public bodies at all government levels and private institutions to carry out this confirmation. This method not only speeds up the process but also makes it more convenient for the beneficiaries.

Every rule has an exception

However, not all beneficiaries are exempt from proof of life in person. Those that the INSS cannot locate in its databases will still need to prove their existence.

Initially, more than 4.3 million people, born in the months of January, February and March, will be called for this proof.

Notification to beneficiaries will be made through the Meu INSS application, through Central 135 or through bank notifications.

What happens to those who don’t take the mandatory life test?

Failure to provide proof of life within 60 days of notification may lead to the benefit being blocked, a measure that aims to protect the system against fraud, but which also highlights the importance of keeping data updated with the INSS.

How do I take the INSS proof of life?

To facilitate access and convenience for policyholders, the INSS offers several ways to carry out proof of life, including:

Access to the Meu INSS application or other certified applications; In-person service at Social Security agencies; Biometric authentication in benefit payments or payroll loans; Updates to the Single Registry (CadÚnico).

In addition, policyholders can still choose to provide proof of life in person at bank branches and INSS units.

How does the process work for public servants?

For inactive federal public servants and pensioners, proof of life follows a specific procedure, carried out through the Sougov.br and Gov.br applications, or at the bank branch where the payment is made, in the month of the civil servant or beneficiary’s birthday.

These changes represent a significant advance in the way the INSS and beneficiaries interact, bringing more efficiency and convenience to the proof of life process.

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