A 62-year-old Singaporean male, Lee Kah Hin, was fined $2,000 on 23 May 2023, for failing to report a change of residential address, an offence under the National Registration Act.
2. On 9 December 2022, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) was informed by Lee’s previous landlord that she continued to receive his letters even though he had moved out from her place of residence at Jalan Bukit Merah since April 2020. Some of the letters included Letters of Demand from different credit companies. Even after Lee had moved out from the landlord’s place to a new place of residence at Tampines Street, he did not report this change of residence to ICA within 28 days of moving out.
3. Investigations revealed that after moving out of the landlord’s place, Lee continued to take out additional loans from various licensed moneylenders and reported his former address as his place of residence. He did so knowing that the moneylenders would send him reminder letters whenever he could not keep up with his repayments. As a result, Letters of Demand were sent to the former address after Lee had defaulted on debt repayments.
4. Under the National Registration Act, all identity card (IC) holders who change his/her place of residence must report the change to ICA within 28 days. ICA takes a firm stance against any person who fails to comply with the National Registration Act and its Regulations. ICA would like to remind all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents that it is their responsibility to update their residential addresses with ICA. The penalty for failing to report a change of residential address is a fine of up to S$5,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or to both.
5. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who need to report a change of residential 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
23 MAY 2023