Ethnic name for child
The inclusion of ethnic name is optional. Parents can choose to include an ethnic name in Chinese (中文名), Jawi (ﻨﺎﻢ ﺠﺎﻮﻱ) or Tamil (தமிழ் பெயர்) in the child’s birth certificate. The ethnic characters provided must be found in a recognised dictionary. Parents must ensure the accuracy of the ethnic characters.
Hanyu Pinyin name
The inclusion of hanyu pinyin name is optional. If the parents choose to include a hanyu pinyin name in the child’s birth certificate, it must be accompanied by a corresponding Chinese ethnic character name.
If included, the child’s hanyu pinyin name will be in brackets. Appended is an example of how the child’s name, with Chinese character and hanyu pinyin name, will be displayed in the child’s digital birth certificate:
Name: Isaac Tan (Chen Xiao Ming) 陈小明
If the hanyu pinyin name is included in the child’s birth certificate, it will also be reflected in the child’s passport.
Race of the child
The race of a child can follow that of either parent, or an acceptable mixed race if the child's parents are of different races. A child who is a Singapore citizen is also eligible to have a double-barrelled race comprising both parents’ races.
All siblings of the child who are below 21 years old from the same set of parents should have the same race.
Alteration of child’s name
Should parents wish to alter their child’s name after the birth has been registered, they may apply online before the child turns one year old with a prescribed fee.
Regularisation of stay for a child who is not a Singapore citizen
A child who is not a Singapore citizen at the time of birth shall be deemed to be issued with a special pass valid for 42 days from the date of birth for the child to remain in Singapore. You can check the expiry of the Special Pass in the Advisory Note
issued together with your child’s digital birth certificate.
If your child is not a Singapore citizen, you must ensure that your child has a valid immigration pass for the child to remain in Singapore beyond the 42nd day
from the child’s birth:
Visit ICA Visitor Services Centre at ICA Building (Level 4) to renew the child's special pass or apply for a visit pass.
For work pass holders with dependant privileges, visit MOM website for more details.