Re-registration or Change in NRIC at 55 Years

National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) is a permanent identity card for Singapore citizens and permanent residents. The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) is the organisation that handles everything related to NRIC. You need to register for NRIC three times in your lifetime – at the age of 15, at the age of 30 and when you turn 55. Here we shall discuss how to re-register for NRIC at the age of 55.

When to Re-Register for NRIC

You are required to re-register yourself for NRIC if you meet the conditions given below:

  • You are a Singapore Citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident AND
    • You were born on or after 1 January 1962, i.e. your 55th birthday fell on or after 1 January 2017.
    • You have not received a replaced NRIC in the last 10 years of becoming 55 years old, i.e. after your 45th birthday.

How to Apply for NRIC at the Age of 55

If you meet any of the eligibility criteria required to re-register for NRIC at the age of 55, the ICA will send you a notice 30 days before your qualifying birthday. Those who receive this notification should re-register for NRIC within 12 months of their 55th date of birth. If you live outside Singapore, the re-registration process can be done within 1 year of them returning to the island-nation.

There are two ways to apply for NRIC re-registration:

  • Through iC Online: This can be found on the official website of the ICA. You need to log in using your SingPass ID and password.
  • Through self-service kiosks at ICA office: These kiosks can be found at the e-Lobby on Level 1 of the building.
  • Through mail: This can be done by sending your filled-up application form along with the ICA notification letter to the address given below:

    Citizen Services Centre

    ICA Building, 10 Kallang Road,

    #03-00 Singapore – 208718

The originals of the extra documents for online registration should be shown when collecting your new NRIC. When applying by post, you need to send copies of the extra documents, and the originals need to be presented at the time of collecting the NRIC.

Online payment should be done only through credit or debit cards belonging to the Visa or MasterCard networks. For postal registration, you need to pay using CashCard, NETS Flashpay or NETS.

If you do an online application, the new identity card would reach you within 3 business days of ICA getting your re-registration request. This low processing time can be achieved only if all the relevant and supporting documents are provided. Postal registration would take longer time – up to 2 weeks.

Documents Required to Re-Register for NRIC at the Age of 55

The following documents need to be presented to the ICA when you apply for a re-registration of NRIC:

  • Online registration:
    • SingPass ID and password
    • Credit cards or debit cards for fee payment (Visa or MasterCard only)
    • Most recent digital photograph of yourself, with the following specifications:
      • It should be no more than 3 months old.
      • It should be passport-sized.
      • It should be in colour.
      • It should be taken against a white background.
      • It should have matte or semi-matte finish.
      • It should not be in uniform.
      • Your entire face should be seen.
      • You should not wear any headgears that hide your face or facial features.
      • It should be in JPEG format.
      • Its file size should not be more than 60kb.
    • JPEG image of both the sides of your current NRIC
    • JPEG image of both the sides of SAF 11B (for Singapore Armed Forces personnel)
    • For change of name or ethnic name, deed poll
    • For changes in ethnic name, JPEG image of the name in ethnic characters
    • For change in religion or religious name, Religious Certificate or Baptism Certificate
    • For change or addition of married name, Marriage Certificate
  • For postal registration:
    • A photograph with the following specifications:
      • It should not be older than 3 months.
      • It should be taken on a white background.
      • It should have matte or semi-matte finish.
      • It should show your face in full.
      • It should be taken preferably without a headgear, or if wearing headgear, the photo should show facial features properly.
      • It should not be taken in uniform.
    • Copy of both sides of your current NRIC or SAF 11B
    • For adding married name, marriage certificate
    • For change of name or ethnic name, deed poll
    • For change in religion or religious name, Religious Certificate or Baptism Certificate
  • For Singapore Permanent Residents:
    • The above documents plus a photocopy of the old and current passports

Fees and Charges for Re-Registration of NRIC at the Age of 55

The following fees and charges apply on your change/re-registration of NRIC at 55 years:

Persons Fee
Singapore Citizens S$10
Singapore Permanent Residents S$50

Collecting Your New NRIC After Re-Registration

Once the new NRIC is ready, ICA will inform you through an acknowledgement card. When you receive this, you can collect the new card from the ICA office. You can book an appointment online through the e-Appointment System or through the ICA Mobile App. The appointment needs to be taken at least 2 days in advance.

You could also go directly to the office, but you may have to wait longer in queues. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between Monday and Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The peak periods at the office usually are Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, the day before or after public holidays, after 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, and after 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays and school holidays. The peak months are: March, May-end, November-end and December.

Another option is to go to the post office and get your new card. This can be done through the e-Appointment System, where you can choose the nearest participating post office branch. However, this service will require you to pay an extra fee. You could also get your new NRIC at the iCollect machines on Level 1 of the office building.

However, if you belong to one of the below-mentioned categories of people, you cannot access either the post office delivery or self-service iCollect delivery:

  • If you have weak quality fingerprints;
  • If you have asked for a name, address or other changes in the NRIC that may require verification of documents.

What Happens If You Don’t Re-Register at the Age of 55

If you do not apply for re-registration when you turn 55 years old, you will be considered to have broken the laws of the National Registration Act. This can lead to an imprisonment of a maximum of 5 years, a penalty of up to S$5,000, or both. ICA usually sends you reminders about re-registration three times – two weeks before your 55th birthday, six months afterwards, and then again nine months after your date of birth.  

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