"Now I’m an old man. I have to save my money to give to my kids so that they can live,” said the father of seven. “But If I have that age again, I have hope again. I’m new again. The whole future is there for me again.”
Mr Ratelband further argued that according to his doctors he has the body of a 45-year-old, and described himself as a "young god".
He went on Facebook last year to describe how he had made the decision one day standing in front of a mirror, not because he feared getting old but because he wanted to make the most of life for as long as possible.
He also said he would renounce his pension if he switched his birth date.
Ratelband says the Dutch government could benefit if it were to accept his age demand. He said he’d be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of around 1,200 euros — a concession he estimates would save nearly 300,000 euros over the 20 years he wants shaved off his age.