General Law on Old Age Pension

The General Law on Old Age Pension (Algemene Ouderdomsverzekering, AOV) is a basic pension for people who are 65 or older. Do you live or work in the Caribbean Netherlands or have you lived or worked here? Then you are most likely insured for the AOV. The RCN unit SZW pays the AOV. You must submit an application in order to receive AOV.

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Apply for AOV

An application for AOV must be submitted six months before you turn 65. You can visit the SZW unit for this during a consultation hour. Bring along the following:

  • Your passport or ID card (sedula)
  • Proof of your bank account number

It is also possible to apply digitally for AOV. Download the  AOV application form here. Send the completed forms together with a scan of the documents listed above to

If you applied for your AOV too late, you can get AOV retroactively for a maximum of 1 year.

AOV amounts

Click here for the current AOV amounts.

If you have lived or worked outside of the Caribbean Netherlands, you may not have been insured and your AOV pension may be lower. In that case you may be eligible for an additional supplement from the social relief.

AOV date of payment

The following table shows the payment dates for 2021. If you do not have a local bank account it may take longer to receive your pension.

If you have submitted your application on time, you will receive your first AOV payment on the first payment date following your birthday. For example, if you reach the AOV age on the 5th of February, you will receive your first AOV payment on February 24th.

January 22nd
February 23rd
March 24th
April 23rd
May 24th
June 24th
July 23rd
August 24th
September 24th
October 25th
November 24th
December 20th

Christmas allowance

You receive a Christmas allowance if you were entitled to AOV in September of that year. The Christmas allowance is equal to the amount that you received in September. The Christmas allowance is paid out together with the December AOV payment.

Pension from other countries

Are you 65+ and have you previously lived and worked in Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten or the Netherlands?
Then you may also be entitled to AOV or AOW from that country. You must submit a separate application for this.

For more information, visit the official website of the country in question.

Sint Maarten
The Netherlands

For more information, see the official laws and regulations governing the General Law on Old Age Pension (AOV).