You know your Singapore NRIC number by heart, but did you know what it actually means? Here are some surprising facts!
We all love our pink NRIC (National Registration Identity Card) and can rattle off the digits and alphabets by heart, but did you know these fun facts about the Singapore NRIC number?
S is not for Singapore
Many people used to think that ‘S’ stood for Singapore, and ‘F’ for foreigner. Not true.
The alphabet ‘S’ is used for Singapore citizens and permanent residents who are born in the 1900s, because well, ‘S’ is the 19th letter of the alphabet!
For those Singapore citizens and permanent residents born in the 2000s, the letter ‘T’ is used instead, because (you guessed right) ‘T’ is the 20th letter of the alphabet.
What about F and G?
Foreigners holding long-term passes, employment pass, student pass etc issued before year 2000 are assigned the letter “F”.
Foreigners holding passes issued in and after year 2000 are assigned the letter “G”.
First 2 digits of Singapore NRIC number stand for?
For most of us, the first two digits of our NRIC reflect the last two digits of our birth year.
For example, if your NRIC number is S8712345B, it means that you were born in the year 1987.
However, this only applies to Singapore citizens and PRs born in the year 1968 and after. For those born before 1968, their NRIC number will begin with a 0 or 1.
What do the last 5 digits of the Singapore NRIC number mean?
The last 5 digits of your NRIC number reflect the number of people who had their birth or citizenship registered before you.
For example, having an NRIC number of S8712345X means that you are born in the year 1987, and also the 12,345th child to register your birth/citizenship.
What about the last letter?
Guess what, there is a formula to ‘calculate’ the last letter of the Singapore NRIC number! The algorithm for that has never been officially released though.
Little known fact:
Did you know that, until 29 September 2002, the NRIC indicated its holder’s blood group?!
Apparently, this information was later removed due to advances in medical technology that enabled quick testing during emergencies.
NRIC numbers of some famous people
If you are wondering what the earliest NRIC numbers looked like, here is the Singapore NRIC number of some famous people:
- S0000001I (Yusof bin Ishak, first President of Singapore)
- S0000002G (Wee Chong Jin, first Chief Justice of Singapore)
- S0000003E (Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of Singapore)
- S0000004C (Kwa Geok Choo, wife of Lee Kuan Yew)
- S0000005A (Toh Chin Chye, first Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore)
- S0000006Z (Goh Keng Swee, second Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore)
- S0000007H (S Rajaratnam, first Minister for Culture)