Eligibility

All deaths in Singapore must be registered at the Registry of Births & Deaths or a death registration centre within 24 hours. Once registered, a death certificate will be issued.

The person registering the death does not need to be related to the deceased.

The deaths of Singapore citizens and permanent residents that occur overseas should be registered with the relevant local authorities. Please see Death that Occurred Overseas for more information.

Documents Required
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You will need to provide original documents and official translations (for documents in languages other than English), as well as copies of the documents for ICA to retain.

ICA accepts:

  • Translations provided by the embassy of the country that issued the document
  • Translations produced by a notary public in Singapore or the country that issued the document
  • Privately created translations attested by the embassy of the country that issued the document, or notarised by a notary public in Singapore or the country that issued the document.
  • ICA does not endorse any private translation companies or entities. Insufficient documentation may result in non-acceptance of your application. You may be required to provide additional documents to support your application.

    You will need to provide the following documents:

    • A Certificate of Cause of Death issued by a doctor or authorised medical practitioner
    • The deceased’s identification documents (for example, Identity Card (IC) and/or passport) for cancellation
    • Your identification documents (for example, IC or passport).
    Procedure

    Deaths at government or government-restructured hospitals

    You can register the death at any of the following locations:

    • Alexandra Hospital
    • Changi General Hospital
    • Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
    • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
    • National University Hospital
    • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
    • Sengkang General Hospital
    • Singapore General Hospital
    • Tan Tock Seng Hospital
    • A neighbourhood police centre, neighbourhood police post or police division headquarters.

    Deaths at private hospitals and at home

    If the death was not attended by a doctor or authorised medical practitioner, you will need to engage a doctor or authorised medical practitioner to certify the death.

    You can register the death at any neighbourhood police centre, neighbourhood police post or police division headquarters.

    Alternatively, you can register the death at:

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

    Operating hours are 8.00 am to 4.30 pm on Monday to Friday, and 8.00 am to 12.30 pm on Saturday.

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

    • Monday, Friday, Saturday
    • School holidays
    • The day before or after a public holiday.
    Fees

    There is no fee for registering a death.

    Processing Time

    Registration and collection will be processed on the spot.

    Last Update: 08 Jan 2019