A 28-year-old male Singaporean will be charged on 19 November 2020 for an offence under the National Registration Act for failing to report a change of residential address. He is also currently under investigation by the Police and will be charged for an offence under the Penal Code, unrelated to the former charge, on the same day.
2. Under the National Registration Act, all identity card (IC) holders need to report a change of address within 28 days of moving into a new residence, whether the residence is located in or outside of Singapore.
3. On 25 November 2019, the Police received a report that Liao did not report a change of address after he had moved out of his registered residence. The case was handed over to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). During the investigations, it was revealed that Liao had moved out of his registered residence since October 2018 and ICA officers had advised him to report his change of residence then, but he refused to do so.
4. ICA takes a firm stance against any person who fails to comply with the National Registration Act and its Regulations. ICA reminds all Singapore Residents (Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) that it is their responsibility to update their residential addresses to ensure that they remain contactable. The penalty for failing to report a change of address is a fine of up to S$5,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or to both.
5 Singapore Residents who need to report a change of address can do so online via ICA’s change of address e-Service (https://go.gov.sg/ic-address). The updated addresses will facilitate their transactions with government agencies.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
19 NOVEMBER 2020