All births in Singapore must be registered at a gazetted birth registration centre. Registration can be done by the child’s parent(s), or by a proxy on behalf of the parent(s) with a letter of authorisation from the parents. Once registered, a birth certificate will be issued.

You should register the birth within 14 calendar days from the date of birth, but no later than 42 days. Any delay beyond 42 days would require a letter from the parent(s) on the reason for late registration and subjected to approval. Late birth registration can only be done at the Registry of Birth and Deaths at ICA Building.

Singapore does not register births that occurred overseas. Parents should register the child’s birth and obtain a birth certificate where the child is born.

Documents Required

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • Notification of Live Birth issued by the hospital/doctor/midwife (if any)
  • The Identity Cards of the child’s parents
  • The original marriage certificate of the child’s parents
  • A letter of authorisation from the child’s parents (if the birth is registered by a proxy).

Foreigners need to provide the following additional original documents:

  • Passports of the child’s parents
  • Long-Term Pass cards of the child's parents
  • Disembarkation/Embarkation cards of the child’s parents

Official translations of documents not written in the English language is required. 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 a delay in the registration.

Including name in ethnic characters

Parents have the option to include ethnic characters of the child’s name in Chinese (中文名), Jawi (ﻨﺎﻢ ﺠﺎﻮﻱ) or Tamil (தமிழ் பெயர்), if either parent is of Chinese, Malay or Indian origin. The parents must ensure the accuracy of the ethnic characters provided and they must be found in a recognised dictionary. Hanyu Pinyin names must be accompanied by its Chinese ethnic character name on the birth certificate.

Procedure

You can register the birth online using the Moments of Life (Families) app or at the counter of any of the gazetted birth registration centres or Registry of Births & Deaths at ICA.

Birth Registration Centre

  • Gleneagles Hospital
  • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Mount Alvernia Hospital
  • Mount Elizabeth Hospital
  • Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
  • National University Hospital
  • Parkway East Hospital,
  • Raffles Hospital
  • Singapore General Hospital
  • Thomson Medical Centre

Online birth registration

Singaporean parents have an additional and more convenient channel to register their child’s birth and apply for Baby Bonus at the same time using the Moments of Life (Families) app. The app was developed under the Smart Nation initiative to support citizens at different moments of their life by bundling government services across different agencies.

The Moments of Life (Families) app is available to the following users:

  • One parent is a Singapore citizen;
  • Both parents’ have a SingPass account;
  • Parents’ marriage is registered in Singapore at the time of child’s birth;
  • The baby is born at any of the hospitals gazetted as birth registration centres. 

Download the app for free at IOS App Store or Android Google Play Store.

Walk-in registration

You can also walk-in to register the birth at the gazetted birth registration centres or at the Registry of Births & Deaths at ICA:

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 Mondays to Fridays, and 8.00 am to 12.30 pm on Saturdays.

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

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

A S$18 fee is payable using NETS or CashCard.

Birth registration centres may charge an additional administrative fee on top of this S$18 fee.

Important Note

A child’s name can be changed within a year of their birth. This is provided that no birth extract has been issued before. A birth extract, and not a new birth certificate, will be issued for any change of name.

Processing Time

Birth registration and collection of birth certificate can be completed on the spot if all required documents are presented.

Parents can choose to collect the birth certificate at the hospital where the baby was born, or at ICA Registry of Births and Deaths.

If you have registered the birth via the Moments of Life (Families) app, you will be required to make an e-Appointment to collect the birth certificate at ICA Registry of Births and Deaths. For information on collection at the birth registration centres, please check directly with the hospital.

Last Update: 30 May 2019