• How to Update a Change of Name in the NRIC

    An Identity Card (IC) holder is required to apply for a replacement NRIC within 28 days of changing his/her name.

    Documents Required

    Documents Required for Application Sent Online through IC Online:

    • A copy of both sides of the registrant’s existing ID card.
    • If the registrant is an SAF Personnel, then they are required to retrieve their civilian IC from CMPB-MINDEF before submitting the application for a replacement NRIC.
    • 1 passport-sized colour photo in JPEG format which is at least 3 months old, having a white background and a semi-matt or matt 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 registrant clearly and the registrant must not be in uniform.
    • A scanned copy of the registrant’s name in ethnic characters is also required. The name can be in ethnic characters such as Chinese characters, Jawi characters, or Tamil characters.
    • A copy of the Baptism/Religious certificate to insert any religious name is required.
    • If change of name or ethnic name is required, then a deed poll must be provided.
    • A copy of the marriage certificate if marital details need to be updated.
    • The registrant must also have a valid Visa or MasterCard Credit/Debit Card to make online payment of fees.

    Documents Required for Over-the-Counter Applications are as Follows:

    • A copy of both sides of the registrant’s existing ID card for both citizens and SAF personnel.
    • 1 passport-sized colour photo meeting the specifications as quoted above.
    • A copy of the Baptism or Religious certificate if applicable.
    • Deed poll, if applicable.
    • A copy of the marriage certificate if applicable.
    • The registrant must carry with them the original documents as well.

    Permanent Residents are Required to Submit Additional Documents which are as Follows:

    • A copy of the valid passport reflecting the registrant’s new name in the deed poll.
    • Any previous or expired passports.
    • A copy of the registrant’s certificate of identity if applicable.
    • A copy of the registrant’s Malaysian Identity Card if applicable.

    How to Change Name in NRIC

    Change of name in the NRIC can be done either online or over the counter.

    For Applications Sent in Online, the Procedure is as Follows:

    • The registrant must visit the IC online website and submit their applications.
    • Registrants must pay the fees of S$60 online with a valid Visa or MasterCard Credit/Debit Card.
    • Once the payment has been made, the application will roughly take 3 working days to be processed provided the information given by the registrant is accurate and exhaustive and the photo submitted by the registrant meets the criteria set forth by ICA.

    For Applications Submitted Over the Counter, the Procedure is as Follows:

    • The registrant must carry with them all the required documents and visit –

    Counter 1, IC Unit

    Citizen Services Centre

    3rd Storey, ICA Building

    10 Kallang Road

    (Next to Lavender MRT station)

    Singapore 208718

    • The operating hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. and on Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • Registrants must then take a Q-number and await their turn. They must then complete the application form, provide all supporting documents required and collect the fee receipt after making a payment of S$60.
    • At the time of collection, the fee receipt must be produced. The registrant’s identity will also be verified at the collection counters via thumbprint matching.

    When to Collect the NRIC with Updated Details

    • Registrants can collect their identity cards from the iCollect machine located at the e-lobby on level 1 of the ICA building or from select SingPost outlets.
    • Registrants must make an appointment for collecion through the e-appointment system at least 2 days prior to intended date of collection.
    • Collections can be made from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. and on Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 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.
    • 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. Collections made through iCollect carry no additional charge.
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