Registering Your Childs Birth - FAQ's

Registering Your Childs Birth - FAQ's

Everything you need to know about registering your child's birth in Singapore.


Plan ahead for your family and register your child

Just given birth in Singapore? Congratulations! Read this article to find out on where, when and how to register your child’s birth.

Where can I register my child’s birth in Singapore?

You can register your child’s birth in any of the following places:

  • Registry of Births & Deaths
  • ICA Building
  • KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital
  • East Shore Hospital
  • Gleneagles Hospital
  • Mt Alvernia Hospital
  • Mt Elizabeth Hospital
  • National University Hospital
  • Singapore General Hospital
  • Thomson Medical Centre
  • Raffles Hospital

Those who are not born in hospitals (eg, at home or in cars), obtain the Notification of Live Birth from the doctors/midwife/ ambulance staff who delivered the baby.

When do I register births?

Births should be registered within 14 days from the date of birth. Births registered after 14 days and within 42 days, are considered delayed registration.

If registration is done after 42 days, a letter of explanation stating the reason for late registration must be submitted for the Registrar/Registrar General’s approval. After approval has been given, the birth will be registered and the birth certificate will be issued. Such cases can only be registered at Registry of Births and Deaths.

Is there any penalty for registering the birth after 42 days?

The parents will be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding S$100/-.

What is required for registration?

  • Notification of Live Birth
  • Both parents’ identity cards
  • Original marriage certificate
  • Both parents’ passports, entry permit and Disembarkation/Embarkation card issued by ICA (for foreigners)
  • Letter of authorisation from the parents of the child, if someone else registers the birth on behalf of the parents
  • Child’s name
  • Ethnic characters of the child’s name in Chinese/Jawi/Tamil (optional) can be included in the birth certificate but the accuracy of the ethnic characters must be ensured by the parents/informants
  • For Chinese children who have been given a name in full Hanyu Pinyin version, the Chinese characters of his name must be reflected in the birth certificate

What fees are required?

S$18 is charged by ICA.

Some hospitals may charge an administrative fee for the service provided on top of the S$18.

What is the processing time?

On the spot.

How does one apply for the child’s Singapore citizenship if he is born overseas?

The parents can apply for the child’s Singapore Citizenship through the Singapore High Commission/Embassy at the country where the child is born or get a local sponsor to submit an application on their behalf to the Registry of Citizens, Citizen Services Centre, 6th Storey, ICA Building.

Can I change my child’s name in the Birth Certificate?

A request for an alteration of the child’s name in the birth register can be accepted upon payment of the prescribed fees and before the child is one year old. This is provided that no certified extract of the birth register has been issued during this period. This alteration can only be done at Registry of Births at ICA Building.

To find out more information on registering your child’s birth. You can call ICA at 6391 6100.

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Written by

Roshni Mahtani

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