Re-registration or Change in NRIC at 30 years

When you turn 30, you are required to renew your registration for the National Registration Identity Card (NRIC). This is a mandatory activity for all Singapore citizens and permanent residents. Let us learn more about this procedure, the documents required for a successful re-registration, and its implications.

When to re-register for NRIC

You need to re-register yourself in the NRIC database under the following conditions:

  • You are a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident, AND:
    • You turned 30 years old on or after 1 January 2002 (that is, you were born on or before 1 January 1972).
    • You have not replaced your NRIC after you turned 20 years old (that is, in the 10 years before your 30th birthday).

How to apply for NRIC at the age of 30

If you fulfil any of the conditions above, then you need to re-register for NRIC within 12 months from their 30th date of birth. The re-registration should be completed before you turn 31 years old. For example, if your 30th birthday falls on 18 September 2018, you need to finish your re-registration by 17 September 2019.

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA), which is the nodal authority for NRIC, will send you a notification for re-registration 2 weeks before your 30th birthday. Everyone who needs to get the re-registration done will get this notice. If you are a Singaporean or permanent resident living outside the island-nation, you can do the re-registration process within 1 year of returning to Singapore.

The re-registration can be done in three ways:

  • Online: On the internet through iC Online of the ICA website.
  • Offline: Through the self-service kiosks at the ICA office.
  • By mail: Fill up the application form and send a hardcopy to this address:

    Citizen Services Centre

    ICA Building, 10 Kallang Road, #03-00

    Singapore – 208718

You need to attach the relevant documents along with the application form or carry them with you at the time of collecting the new NRIC. The request for re-registration or change in NRIC will be processed within 3 business days of getting the application, if you applied online, and if all the supporting documents and information is accepted. If you apply by post, the process will take 2 weeks.

Documents required to re-register for NRIC at the age of 30

The documents required may vary depending on the mode in which you are submitting the application in. When you re-register yourself or change your details in the NRIC database, you need to submit the following documents:

Online registration:

  • SingPass ID and password
  • Latest digital passport-sized photograph of yourself, in colour. The specifications for the photograph are:
    • Full face should be visible – no headgears (if they are religious or racial in nature they should not hide your face)
    • Not in uniform
    • Not older than 3 months
    • Taken in white background with matte or semi-matte finish
    • JPEG format
    • Maximum file size – 60kb
  • JPEG image of both the sides of your current NRIC or SAF 11B (for Singapore Armed Forces personnel)
  • Credit cards or debit cards for fee payment (Visa or MasterCard only)
  • If there’s any change in your ethnic name, digital image of the name in ethnic characters (Chinese, Jawi or Tamil, for example) in JPEG format
  • Religious certificate or baptism certificate in case of change in religion or religious name
  • For change of name or ethnic name, deed poll
  • For adding married name, marriage certificate

For postal registration:

  • Passport-sized photograph in colour, meeting the following specifications:
    • Not older than 3 months
    • With a white background
    • With matte or semi-matte finish
    • Showing your face in full
    • Without headgear except when the headgear is religious/racial in nature and shows your facial features properly)
    • Not in uniform
  • Copy of your current NRIC or SAF 11B (front and back)
  • For adding married name, marriage certificate
  • For change of name or ethnic name, deed poll
  • Religious certificate or baptism certificate if there is a change in religious name or religion

For Singapore Permanent Residents:

  • In addition to the above documents, copy of the expired and current passports

Points to remember:

  • Additional documents for online registration need to be presented in original when you go to collect your new NRIC.
  • For postal registration, the additional documents (copies, not originals) need to be sent along with the application form. Originals have to be shown when you go to collect the NRIC.

Fees and charges for re-registration of NRIC at the age of 30

The following fees and charges apply on your change/re-registration of NRIC:



Singapore Citizens


Singapore Permanent Residents


Payments have to be made in the following formats:

  • Credit or debit cards for iC Online
  • CashCard, NETS or NETS Flashpay for postal registration

Collecting your new NRIC after re-registration

ICA will send you a notification when your new NRIC card is ready. When you receive this acknowledgement, you are supposed to book an appointment with ICA either online or through the authority’s mobile app. The ICA offices are open for appointments from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

The average waiting time would be 15 minutes. If you do not want interminable wait-times, you should be aware of the following peak times:

  • Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, public holidays, eve and the day after public holidays
  • March, end of May, June, end of November and December
  • Between 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on school holidays and Saturdays
  • Between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays

What happens if you don’t re-register at the age of 30

ICA will send you reminders of re-registration two weeks before your 30th birthday, and six months and nine months after the date of birth. Despite all this, if you do not re-register for NRIC or change the NRIC after the age of 30, you will become an offender under the National Registration Act. You’re liable to fines of up to S$5,000 or a jail term of up to 5 years, or both, depending on the severity of the offence.  

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