Update Change of Residential Address in IC (For Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents residing overseas)

Link to Online Pre-Notification of Change of Address (OPAD) Related eServices: Online Pre-Notification of Change of Address (OPAD)


Time Frame for Reporting Change of Residential Address

Under the National Registration Act, an Identity Card (IC) holder is required to report his/her change of residential address within 28 days, including changes to a place of residence outside Singapore. 


(i) Reporting an overseas address; and

     If you are reporting an overseas address on your IC, you may

     (a) Inform in writing to ICA at:

    Immigration & Checkpoints Authority 
    Citizen Services Centre
    Level 3, ICA Building
    10 Kallang Road
    Singapore 208718


   (b) Fax to (+65) 62936991

Upon receipt of your notification, ICA will update your address through OSCARS and an address sticker will be sent to you for affixing on your IC.

(ii) Providing a Local Contact Address (LCA) for election voting purposes ( For Singapore Citizens)

To report a Local Contact Address (LCA) for voting purpose, Singapore Citizens must already have an overseas address registered with ICA. After which please register your LCA at the Elections Department Website. The Election Department will then forward your application to ICA to inform your family member/relative, whose address of the place of residence in Singapore is your LCA.

This contact address must be either: 

  • The address of any premises in Singapore which you still own an estate or interest in, and which is used or permitted under written law to be used as residence; or
  • The address of the place of residence in Singapore of: 
    • your spouse, grandparent, parent, sibling, child or grandchild 
    • any grandparent, parent or sibling of your spouse 
    • any sibling of any of your parents or your spouse's parent 
    • any child of any of your siblings or your spouse's siblings

If you are registering the residential address of any of your family members/relatives listed above as your Local Contact Address (LCA) for voting purpose, please inform the family member/relative concerned that they would receive a letter from ICA seeking the confirmation of the relationship and the consent for the use of their address. They are advised to reply to ICA in writing within 7 days of receipt of the letter. Please note that registration of your contact address will be accepted only upon your family member's/relative's confirmation of relationship and consent is received by ICA.

For more information on overseas voting and registration criteria, please click here to view the e-brochure.

Note: Your local contact address will be used for the purpose of voting during the Elections only.

About One-Stop Change of Address Reporting Service (OSCARS)

The One-Stop Change of Address Reporting Service (OSCARS) system informs participating government agencies and statutory boards* of your change of residential address so that you can receive mail from these agencies at your new address.

*Please note that as several agencies impose a shorter reporting time limit, you may wish to refer to the List of Agencies under OSCARS and Reporting Times to adhere to the required time limit. For example, if you own a vehicle, the Vehicle Registration Unit requires you to report your change of address immediately.

Informing other non-participating OSCARS agencies after updating change in address in the Identity Card (IC)

As OSCARS only updates your residential address and not your mailing address, you are still required to inform your correspondents (including private institutions and non-participating government agencies) of the change in address. Alternatively, you may wish to apply to Singapore Post for assistance in re-directing mail from your old home to your new address.

List of Agencies under OSCARS and Reporting Times

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Last updated on 06 May 2015