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All births in Singapore must be registered within 14 calendar days from the date of birth. Registration can be done by the child’s parent(s), or by a proxy on behalf of the parent(s) with a letter of authorisation. Once registered, a birth certificate will be issued.

Any delay beyond 42 days from the date of birth would require a letter from the parent(s) on the reason for late registration and subjected to approval. Late birth registration can only be done at the Registry of Birth and Deaths at ICA Building.

Birth occurring overseas

Singapore does not register births that occurred overseas. Parents who wish to apply Singapore Citizenship for their child born overseas can apply here, after obtaining a Birth Certificate in the country/place where the child is born.

Visitor Seeking Permission to Give Birth in Singapore

A visitor who intends to give birth in Singapore must apply for permission through a local sponsor. For more information, please click here.


Documents Required
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For walk-in registration, you will need to produce the following original documents:

  • Notification of Live Birth issued by the hospital/doctor/midwife (if any)
  • Identity Cards of the child’s parents
  • Marriage certificate of the child’s parents (if parents are married)
  • Letter of authorisation from the child’s parents (if a proxy is registering the birth).

Foreigners will need to produce the following additional original documents:

  • Passports of the child’s parents
  • Long-Term Pass cards of the child's parents (if any).

Official translations of documents not in the English language will be required. ICA accepts:

  • Translations provided by the embassy of the country/ place that issued the document
  • Translations produced by a notary public in Singapore or the country/ place that issued the document
  • Privately created translations attested by the embassy of the country/ place that issued the document, or notarised by a notary public in Singapore or the country/ place that issued the document.

ICA does not endorse any private translation companies or entities. Insufficient documentation may result in a delay in the registration.

Inclusion of name in ethnic characters

Parents have the option to include ethnic characters of the child’s name in Chinese (中文名), Jawi (ﻨﺎﻢ ﺠﺎﻮﻱ) or Tamil (தமிழ் பெயர்), if either parent is of Chinese, Malay or Indian origin. The parents must ensure the accuracy of the ethnic characters provided and they must be found in a recognised dictionary. The inclusion of a Hanyu Pinyin name must be accompanied by its Chinese ethnic character name on the birth certificate.


Procedure

You can register the birth via the following modes:

  • Online registration via LifeSG app;
  • Walk-in registration at any designated birth registration centre; or at the
  • ICA Registry of Births & Deaths.

Online registration via LifeSG App

Singaporean parents may register their child’s birth and apply for baby bonus at the same time using the LifeSG app.

The birth registration service via LifeSG app is available to parents who fulfil the following criteria:

  • One parent is a Singapore citizen;
  • Both parents have a Singpass account;
  • Parents’ marriage is registered in Singapore at the time of child’s birth;
  • The baby is born at any of the hospitals gazetted as birth registration centres.

Download the app for free at IOS App Store or Android Google Play Store.

Walk-in Registration

You can register the child’s birth at any designated birth registration centre located at:

  • Gleneagles Hospital
  • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Mount Alvernia Hospital
  • Mount Elizabeth Hospital
  • Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
  • National University Hospital
  • Parkway East Hospital
  • Raffles Hospital
  • Singapore General Hospital
  • Thomson Medical Centre.

Alternatively, you can register the birth at:

Registry of Births & Deaths
Citizen Services Centre
ICA Building
10 Kallang Road, Level 3
Singapore 208718
(next to Lavender MRT station)

Operating hours are 8.00 am - 4.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays, and 8.00 am - 12.30 pm on Saturdays.

Longer-than-average waiting times are to be expected during the following peak periods:

  • Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays
  • School holidays
  • The day before or after a public holiday.

Fees

A S$18 fee is payable. Birth registration centres may charge an additional administrative fee on top of this S$18 fee.

For walk-in registration, payment can be made using:

  • Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card
  • NETS
  • Mobile Payment (ApplePay, SamsungPay, GooglePay)
  • NETS QR (DBS Paylah, OCBC PayAnyOne, UOB Mighty)

For online registration via LifeSG app, payment can be made using

  • Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card

Important Note

Parents may apply to alter their child's given name before the child turns one year old, provided that a birth extract has not been issued before. A child's surname is declared and registered at the time of birth registration, if any, will remain unchanged. A birth extract, and not a new birth certificate, will be issued for any change of name.


Processing Time

Walk-in Registration

Birth registration and collection of birth certificate can be completed on the spot if all required documents are presented.

Online Registration via LifeSG App

Parents can choose to collect the birth certificate at the birth registration centre located at the hospital where the baby was born, or at ICA Registry of Births and Deaths.

If you have selected collection at ICA and made payment successfully via the LifeSG app, you will be required to make an appointment to collect the birth certificate at ICA Registry of Births and Deaths.

For information on collection at the birth registration centres, please check directly with the hospital.