If you have changed your name officially for any reason – marriage, religious reasons, etc. – then you should apply for a change of name in the National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) within 28 days.
How to Apply for Change of Name in NRIC
You can apply for name change in NRIC in the following ways:
- Online: You can log in to iC Online (the online portal of the ICA).
- Offline: You can go to the ICA office and apply over the counter. You will need to take a Q number and wait for your number to be called to submit your application. Make sure you are carrying the supporting document and filled-up application form.
The address of the ICA where you can physically go and apply is:
IC Unit, Citizen Services Centre
3rd Storey, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Singapore – 208718
The fee for name change in NRIC is S$60. Online payments have to be made through credit or debit cards, while offline payments can be made in cash, CashCards, NETS and NETS Flashpay as well. Make sure you take the receipt and keep it safe with you. You would need to show the receipt when your new NRIC arrives and you go to get it.
Documents Required to Change Name in NRIC
The following documents are required for an application to change name in NRIC:
- For online application:
- SingPass ID and password
- Credit or debit cards (only Visa and MasterCard accepted)
- A digital photograph in the specifications given below:
- Passport-sized and in colour
- JPEG format
- Maximum file size: 60 kb
- Taken in the last 3 months
- Taken with a white background
- Should have a matte or semi-matte finish
- Full face should be visible
- Not wearing any headgear that hides facial features
- Not taken in uniform
- Scan of both sides of the existing identity card
- Singapore Armed Forces personnel should get their civilian identity card from CMPB-MINDEF first
- If you’re changing name or ethnic name, deed poll
- If you’re changing your ethnic name, scan of your name in ethnic characters
- If you’re changing or adding religious name, religious certificate or baptism certificate
- If you’re adding or changing married name, Marriage Certificate
- For over-the-counter applications: The same as above, except that the photograph should not be digital and you should also carry the existing NRIC. Carry both originals and photocopies.
For permanent residents: Apart from the above documents, carry:
- Permits for entry and re-entry
- Existing passport with the same name as in the Deed Poll
- Expired passport(s)
- Certificate of Identity (if available)
- Malaysian Identity Card (if you’re a Malaysian citizen)
Processing Time for NRIC Name Change
Once you submit the application online, ICA will take 3 business days to process the request and generate a new NRIC. This depends on whether all the documents and information provided by you are accurate. Over-the-counter requests may take up to 2 weeks to be processed and new NRIC generated.
How to Collect New NRIC After Name Change
You need to make an e-appointment through the ICA website to pick up your new or updated NRIC. The appointment has to be made at least 2 days before the date of collection.
You might also be able to get your new NRIC from selected SingPost offices, or at self-service iCollect machines placed at the e-lobby of the ICA building near Lavender MRT station. An extra fee will be charged for this service. But these options are not available to the following persons:
- Those whose fingerprints have deteriorated due to ageing
- Those who have very dry or wet fingers
- Those who haven’t registered 2 sets of fingerprints in the ICA database
- Those who applied for the NRIC online
The offices are open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The wait time is usually 15 minutes, but this depends on the number of people at the counter. Avoid peak periods such as Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, public holidays and their eve or the day after, etc. Also avoid coming after 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and after 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays and public holidays. You can book an appointment online to reduce the waiting time. You could also come without an appointment, but you might end up waiting in queue for a long time and waste your time.