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The Identity Card (IC) is a compulsory document that Singapore citizens and permanent residents must register when they reach the age of 15 (before their 16th birthday).

In addition to the online registration, the enrolment of biometrics is required. For Singapore citizens and permanent residents who attend government schools or government-aided schools, biometrics enrolment will be done at schools on a designated day. For Singapore citizens and permanent residents, who (a) do not attend government or government-aided school; or (b) missed their school registration day; you will be prompted to make an appointment upon the completion of the online application for the enrolment of biometrics in person at the ICA Building.


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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.


    For Singapore citizens, you will need to provide the following documents in digital images:

     

    • Baptism or religious certificate (if you want to include a religious name)
    • Deed poll for a change of name with consent from both parents (and legal guardian(s), if applicable)
    • Your recent passport-sized, digital, colour photograph taken within the last three months (Click here for information on photo requirements).

     

    For Singapore permanent residents, you will need to provide the following documents in digital images:

     

    • Your recent passport-sized, digital, colour photograph taken within the last three months (Click here for information on photo requirements)
    • The page(s) of your current passport that contains your personal particulars (bearing new name if applicable^).

     

    ^Singapore permanent residents with a change of name must first update the name on their current passport and provide a copy of the passport bearing their new name as a supporting document to change the name on their IC.


    Procedure

    For Singapore citizens and permanent residents attending government/government-aided schools:

     

    • You will receive the notification to register for your IC two weeks before your biometrics enrolment in school
    • You are required to register your IC online before the appointment date as stated in the notification
    • Bring along your Student Identification Card (Ez-Link Card).  

     

    For registrants not attending government/government-aided schools:

    • The notification to register for your IC will be sent on your 15th birthday
    • Upon the completion of your online registration, you will be prompted to make an appointment with ICA for your biometrics enrolment 
    • Bring along your Student Identification Card (Ez-Link Card) for identity verification. 

    Fees

    • S$10 for Singapore citizens
    • S$50 for Singapore permanent residents.

    Processing Time and Collection

    For Registrations at Schools

     

    Arrangements will be made for the IC to be collected at the schools, within a month, upon completion of registration.

     

    For Registrations at ICA Building

     

    The IC can be collected on the same day, upon completion of enrolment of biometrics at:

     

    IC Unit

    Citizen Services Centre

    ICA Building

    10 Kallang Road, Level 3

    Singapore 208718

    (next to Lavender MRT station)

     

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

     

    Longer waiting times are to be expected during peak periods:

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