• National Registration Identity Card

    NRIC Singapore

    NRIC stands for National Registration Identity Card and is the primary identity card in Singapore. Unless an individual is deemed as exempted from having an NRIC (discussed below), every lawful resident of Singapore is required to have a National Registration Identity Card or NRIC.

    An NRIC should be obtained by a resident when they attain the age of 15 years. Furthermore, the individual will have to re-register their NRIC when they attain the age of 30 years and once more when they attain the age of 55 years. The registration and re-registration processes are explained below.

    NRIC Registration for lawful residents who have attained the age of 15 years

    Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents must register for their NRIC when they have attained the age of 15 years but before they complete their 16th birthday.

    Documents Required For NRIC Registration

    The following documents are required at the time of registration:

    Documents required for students of government/government aided schools:

    • The registration will take place in their school itself. Parents or legal guardians will be notified of the registration and will receive the ICA application forms two weeks prior to the registration date. Particulars of the registration such as venue, date, time and documents required will be mentioned in the notification letter.

    Documents required for applicants who have missed registration in school or are students that do not belong to government/government aided schools:

    • A copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate (Singaporean/foreign)
    • A copy of the applicant’s Citizenship Certificate if applicable
    • A copy of the applicant’s Student Identification Pass
    • A copy of both parents' Identity Cards
    • 1 passport-sized colour photo which is at least 3 months old, taken in a white background and a semi-matte or matte finish. The photo must be free of any headwear unless dictated by any religious or racial custom. The photo must show the facial characteristics of the applicant clearly and the applicant must not be in uniform.
    • If a religious name of the applicant is to be inserted, then a copy of the Baptism or Religious certificate is required.
    • If change of name is required, then a deed poll must be provided. The deed poll must be executed by the parents if the applicant is below the age of 21 years.

    If the applicant is a Permanent Resident, the following additional documents are required:

    • A copy of the Entry and Re-Entry Permits.
    • A copy of the valid passport and any expired passport as well.
    • A copy of the applicant’s certificate of identity if applicable.
    • A copy of the applicant’s Malaysian Identity Card if applicable.

    NRIC Registration Procedure

    • The parents of the applicant must update the necessary fields of information in the pre-printed forms that is sent along with a notification letter, two weeks prior to the applicant’s 15th birthday.
    • Parents are not required to be present during the applicant’s registration but the applicant must be present in person for the registration.
    • The registrant is required to come in person, but his/her parents are not required to be present on the day of registration.
    • Fee to be paid is S$10 for Singaporean citizens and S$50 for Permanent Residents. Payment of fees can be done through an EZ-Link card for registrations that take place in schools. Payment of fees for registrations that take place at ICA can be done through CashCard, NETS, or NETS Flashpay.
    • The forms along with the applicant’s photo, required documents, and the registration fee must be sent to:
    • IC Unit
    • Citizen Services Centre
    • 3rd Storey, ICA Building
    • 10 Kallang Road
    • (Next to Lavender MRT station)
    • Singapore 208718

    Where to collect the NRIC

    For applicants in Government or Government Aided Schools, the NRIC can be collected from the school in the following month after registration.

    For applicants not in school or students belonging to private institutions, the identity card can be collected at ICA. Eligible applicants can collect their identity card in person at designated post offices.

    Collection of NRIC at ICA should be made through prior appointments using the e-Appointment system. Appointments should be booked at least two days prior to preferred date of collection.

    Eligible applicants can also collect their identity card at select SingPost outlets.

    When to Collect the NRIC

    • Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Applicants must try and avoid the peak hours typically witnessed during school holidays, eve and the day after public or school holidays. Larger crowds are witnessed during the months of March, second half of May, June, and towards the end of November and December.

    NRIC Re-Registration at 30 Years

    Lawful residents such as Singaporean citizens or Permanent Residents who are turning 55 years old on or after 1 January 2017 or who were born on or after 1 January 1962 and who have not received or have had a replacement identity card issued to them in the 10 years leading up to their 30th birthday, will be required to re-register for a new NRIC. Registrants will have a time period of 1 year i.e. the year after they attain 30 years of age but before their 31st birthday to complete the re-registration process.

    Procedure for Re-Registration at 30 years

    • NRIC holders are required to re-register their NRIC when they attain the age of 30 years. ICA will send a notification letter to registrants at least two weeks prior to their 30th birthday. Registrants are required to complete the re-registration process on their 30th birthday or after attaining 30 years of age but before their 31st birthday. For registrants living overseas, the re-registration process can be completed within one year from the date of returning to Singapore.
    • The re-registration process can be done online through the ICA website or registrants can visit the ICA building and use the self-service kiosks found on the eLobby on Level 1.
    • Registrants can also fill in the application form that is sent to them along with their notification letter. The completed application form needs to be sent to ICA Citizen Services Centre.

    Documents Required for Re-Registration

    For Registration via iC Online:

    • SingPass ID of the registrant.
    • 1 passport-sized colour photo in JPEG format which is at least 3 months old, with a white background and a semi-matte/matte finish. The photo must be free of any headwear unless required by any religious or racial custom of the registrant. The photo must show the facial characteristics of the applicant clearly. The registrant must not be in uniform.
    • A JPEG copy of both sides of the registrant’s current NRIC.
    • A JPEG copy of both sides of the SAF 11B for SAF personnel.
    • Any Visa/MasterCard Credit/Debit Card for payment of fees online
    • If the registrant wishes to change any particulars such as ethnic characters name, then a JPEG image of the registrant’s name in ethnic characters such as Chinese, Jawi or Tamil Characters is required.
    • Change of registrant’s particulars such as religious name, change of name, updation of marriage particulars will require additional documents such as a Baptism or Religious certificate, a deed poll and a marriage certificate. Registrants will have to carry the originals with them as well.

    For Registration by Post:

    • 1 passport-sized colour photo meeting the specifications given above.
    • A photocopy of both sides of the registrant’s current NRIC.
    • A photocopy of both sides of the SAF 11B for SAF personnel.
    • Additional documents such as Baptism or Religious certificate for change in religious name, a deed poll for change of name and a marriage certificate for updation of marital status are required if the registrant wishes to change any of their particulars. Originals need to be presented at the time of collecting the NRIC.

    If the applicant is a Permanent Resident, the following additional documents are required:

    • A copy of the valid passport and any expired passport as well.

    Fees for Re-Registration:

    • Fee to be paid is S$10 for Singaporean citizens and S$50 for Permanent Residents.
    • Re-registration fees for IC Online applications must be paid online by valid VISA or MasterCard Credit/Debit Card.
    • Re-registration fees for applications sent in by post must be made through NETS, NETS Flashpay or CashCard at the time of collecting the new NRIC.

    Processing Time:

    • For re-registrations done through IC Online, the processing time is roughly 3 days from receipt of the application, provided the registrant has submitted all the required information and supporting documents and the photo provided meets the requirements set forth by ICA.
    • For re-registrations done through post, the processing time is roughly two weeks from receipt of the application, provided the registrant has submitted all the required information and supporting documents and the photo provided meets the requirements set forth by ICA.

    NRIC Re-Registration at 55 Years

    Lawful residents such as Singaporean citizens or Permanent Residents who are turning 55 years old on or after 1 January 2017 or who were born on or after 1 January 1962 and who have not received or have had a replacement identity card issued to them in the 10 years leading up to their 55th birthday, will be required to re-register for a new NRIC. Registrants will have a time period of 1 year i.e. the year after they attain 55 years of age but before their 56th birthday to complete the re-registration process.

    Procedure for Re-Registration at 55 years

    • NRIC holders are required to re-register their NRIC when they attain the age of 55 years. ICA will send a notification letter to registrants at least two weeks prior to their 55th birthday. Registrants are required to complete the re-registration process on their 55th birthday or after attaining 55 years of age but before their 56th birthday. For registrants residing overseas, the re-registration process can be completed within one year from the date of returning to Singapore.
    • The re-registration process can be done online through the ICA website or registrants can visit the ICA building and use the self-service kiosks found on the eLobby on Level 1.
    • Registrants can also fill in the application form that is sent to them along with their notification letter. The completed application form needs to be sent to ICA Citizen Services Centre.

    Documents Required for Re-Registration

    For Registration Via iC Online:

    • SingPass ID of the registrant.
    • 1 passport-sized JPEG photo which is at least 3 months old, with a white background and a semi-matt/matt finish. The photo must be free of any headwear unless required by any religious or racial custom of the registrant. The photo must show the facial characteristics of the applicant clearly. The registrant must not be in uniform.
    • A JPEG copy of both sides of the registrant’s current NRIC.
    • A JPEG copy of both sides of the SAF 11B for SAF personnel.
    • Any Visa/MasterCard Credit/Debit Card for payment of fees online
    • If the registrant wishes to change any particulars such as ethnic characters name, then a JPEG image of the registrant’s name in ethnic characters such as Chinese, Jawi or Tamil Characters is required.
    • Change of registrant’s particulars such as religious name, change of name, updation of marriage particulars will require additional documents such as a Baptism or Religious certificate, a deed poll and a marriage certificate. Registrants will have to carry the originals with them as well.

    For Registration by Post:

    • 1 passport-sized colour photo as described earlier.
    • A JPEG copy of both sides of the registrant’s current NRIC.
    • A JPEG copy of both sides of the SAF 11B for SAF personnel.
    • Additional documents such as Baptism or Religious certificate for change in religious name, a deed poll for change of name and a marriage certificate for updation of marital status are required if the registrant wishes to change any of their particulars. Originals need to be presented at the time of collecting the NRIC.

    If the applicant is a Permanent Resident, the following additional documents are required:

    • A copy of the valid passport and any expired passport as well.

    Fees for Re-Registration:

    • Fee to be paid is S$10 for Singaporean citizens and S$50 for Permanent Residents.
    • Re-registration fees for IC Online applications must be paid online by valid VISA or MasterCard Credit/Debit Card.
    • Re-registration fees for applications sent in by post must be made through NETS, NETS Flashpay or CashCard at the time of collecting the new NRIC.

    Processing Time:

    • For re-registrations done through IC Online, the processing time is roughly 3 days from receipt of the application, provided the registrant has submitted all the required information and supporting documents and the photo provided meets the requirements set forth by ICA.
    • For re-registrations done through post, the processing time is roughly two weeks from receipt of the application, provided the registrant has submitted all the required information and supporting documents and the photo provided meets the requirements set forth by ICA.

    When to Collect the NRIC for Re-Registration

    • Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Applicants must try and avoid the peak hours typically witnessed during school holidays, eve and the day after public/school holidays. Larger crowds are witnessed during the months of March, second half of May, June, and towards the end of November and December.
    • ICA will send NRIC holders an acknowledgement notifying them of when to collect the card. The NRIC holders are to book an appointment via the e-Appointment system between 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. from Monday to Friday and between 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on a Saturday.
    • NRIC holders who are eligible to collect it from a post office can see the list of post offices offering the collection service when they log into the ICA e-Appointment system. Registrants must select a post office of their choice at least 3 days in advance to collection date to provide ample time for the NRIC to be sent to the chosen post office.
    • Collections made at a post office can be subject to an additional fee.
    • NRIC holders can also choose to collect their NRIC at the self-service iCollect machine found on the e-Lobby at level 1 of the ICA building.

    Failure to Re-register

    • Re-registration of the NRIC, both when the individual attains 30 years of age and 55 years of age is a compulsory act according to the National Registration Act. Failure to do so is considered as an offence.
    • In a bid to prevent an individual from forgetting to re-register, ICA will send the individual letters on a periodic basis. Two letters, one in 6 months and one in 9 months after the individual attains 30 years of age will be sent to remind them of the registration process.
    • The same letters will be sent in the same intervals for individuals who have attained the age of 55 years, reminding them of the need to re-register.
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