NRIC — National registration identity card in Singapore. Every Singapore citizen and Permanent resident receives an NRIC. It has a unique code assigned to the document that is required among other things for online registration. NRIC holders do not need Nominee Directors when setting up a company in Singapore.

Do I need an NRIC?

The government agency responsible for the national registry is the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), a department under the Ministry of Home Affairs. It issues the ids for any registered persons. If you are one of them, you will need to be in custody of your NRIC at all times. It doesn’t mean necessarily that you must carry it on you at all times. You do need to produce it for operations such as opening bank account, checking into a hotel, as well as for voting, etc.

What you need to know about NRIC

There are fines of up to S$5,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years (or both) for offences regarding the use or misuse of NRIC. These include:

  • failure to register when required
  • providing a false address, for example, a PO box, or a residential address that is not connected to you
  • having more than one identity cards without a justifiable reason
  • depraving another person form an NRIC without the right to do so
  • destroying or mutilating your NRIC For forgery and fraud the punishment can be up to 10 years in prison, S$10,000 fine, or both.

What does the NRIC number mean?

The NRIC number structure actually reveals information about its holder. The first letter stands for Singapore-born (letters S or T, depending on whether the citizen was born before or after the year 2000) or a foreigner (F or G, also divided by the year 2000). Apart from the status, the number also shows the year of birth for the residents born after the year 1968.

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