NRIC stands for National Registration Identity Card and is a mandatory requirement for all Singaporean citizens and Permanent Residents under the National Registration Act. The NRIC serves as the primary identity card of a resident in Singapore. Lawful residents are required to register for the NRIC when they attain the age of 15 years. A resident is eligible for registration for NRIC after they complete their 15th birthday but must be done before their 16th birthday. The process to successfully register for the NRIC is given in detail below.
Certain documents are required during the time of registration. These documents are as follows:
Documents Required for Applicants Belonging to Government or Government-Aided Schools:
For applicants studying in a government or government-aided institution, the registration process will be held in their school itself. Parents or legal guardians shall be notified of the registration process at least two weeks prior to the date and will also receive the ICA application forms along with the notifications. The notification letter will carry with it details of the registration such as venue, date, time. The documents required will also be mentioned the notification letter.
Documents Required for Applicants That Do Not Belong to Government or Government-Aided Schools or Have Missed Registration in their School:
- A copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate. Birth certificate must be provided for both Singaporean citizens and foreigners who have become Permanent Residents
- 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
- The applicant must also submit a passport-sized colour photo having specifications such as having a white background and having a semi-matte or matte finish. The photo must be taken recently and cannot be older than 3 months. The photo must also be free of any headwear unless the applicant is required to wear one due to any religious or racial custom. The photo must show the facial characteristics of the applicant clearly and the applicant must not be in any uniform.
- A copy of the Baptism or Religious certificate is required if the religious name of the applicant is to be inserted.
- If a change of name of the applicant is required, then a deed poll must be provided. If the applicant is younger than 21 years, the deed poll must be executed by the parents.
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 previous expired passports as well.
- A copy of the applicant’s Certificate of Identity if applicable.
- A copy of the applicant’s Malaysian Identity Card if applicable.
How to Register for NRIC at 15 Years
- The notification letter informing of the registration will be sent to the applicant’s parents at least 2 weeks prior to the applicant’s 15th birthday. The notification letter will also contain pre-printed forms. These forms are to be filled up with the necessary information.
- For the registration process itself, the parents are not required to be there. Only the applicant is required to be present in person on the day of the registration. The applicant cannot be represented by any proxy.
- The NRIC registration process comes with a registration fee which is S$10 for Singaporean citizens. The fee for Permanent Residents is S$50. Payment of fees for registrations that take place in schools can be done through an EZ-Link card. 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 belonging to Government/Government-Aided Schools, the IC can be collected from the school in the following month after registration.
- For non-schooling applicants or students belonging to private institutions, the IC can be collected at ICA. Eligible applicants can also collect their IC in person at designated post offices.
- Collection of the identity card at ICA should be made through prior appointments using the e-Appointment system. Appointments should be booked at least 2 days prior to preferred date of collection. Walk-in collections can result in increased wait times of up to 3 hours since priority is given to appointments. Once an appointment has been made, applicants must be present within 10 minutes of the appointment time before they lose their appointment to any other applicant.
- Eligible applicants can also collect their IC at select SingPost outlets. An additional fee may apply for those who wish to collect their IC at a designated post office.
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.