If you're expecting a child soon, congrats! Here's what you should about getting your newborn a residency visa.
3 February 2014| Last updated on 13 August 2017
All babies born in Singapore have to be registered by the parents or an authorized proxy within 14 days of the birth. The birth should be registered at one of the Birth Registration Centres. There is leeway for registration to be delayed up to 42 days, however this is not advised. If the registration of the birth is delayed by more than 42 days, the registration must be done at the ICA and must be accompanied by a letter explaining the reason for late registration..
Once registered, the newborn will be issued with a birth certificate.
Documents required to register your baby
• Notification of Live Birth issued by the hospital*
• Identity Cards of both parents
• Original marriage certificate of parents
*Parents of children not born in hospitals can obtain the Notification of Live Birth from the doctors/midwife/ ambulance staff who delivered the baby.
Additional Documents Required for Foreigners
• Passports of parents
• Entry Permits of parents
• Disembarkation/Embarkation card of parents
The Birth Registration Centres
• Registry of Births & Deaths
Location: 3rd Storey, ICA Building 10 Kallang Road (Next to Lavender MRT station) Singapore
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and Saturday 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 noon
• Gleneagles Hospital
• KK Women's & Children's Hospital
• Mount Alvernia Hospital
• Mount Elizabeth Hospital
• National University Hospital
• Parkway East Hospital
• Raffles Hospital
• Singapore General Hospital
• Thomson Medical Centre
For births in hospitals not listed above, please register at the Citizen Services Centre.
The following steps apply for registrations at Citizen Services Centre, ICA and may differ from the hospital registration procedures. Please check with the respective Birth Registration Centre if registering through a hospital.
• Ensure you have the Child’s name*
• Proceed to Counter 1 or any of the self-ticketing kiosks at the Registry of Births & Deaths to obtain a Q-number and Birth Report form the Registry of Births & Deaths Citizen Services Centre
• Complete the Birth Report form at the form filling counter
• Wait to be called
• The Registration Officer will verify the documents produced and print out a sample of the birth certificate.
• Verify the particulars of the child
• Sign on the Birth Certificate that the Registration Officer will print out
• Wait for the Birth Certificate to be laminated and issued
*Ethnic characters of the child's name in Chinese/Jawi/Tamil (optional) may be included in the Birth Certificate but the parents/proxy must ensure the accuracy of the characters. For Chinese children who have been given a name in full Hanyu Pinyin version, the Chinese characters of the name must be reflected in the birth certificate.
S$18 Some hospitals may charge an administrative fee on top of the $18. Please make payment by NETS (for payment at ICA).
Processing time on the spot
Peak Periods to avoid at ICA Building:
• Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, eve and the day after public holidays
• After 11.00 am on weekdays and Saturdays
Statistics on births in Singapore
The Registry of Births and Deaths publishes an Annual Report on the Birth and Death Statistics in Singapore. You may purchase a copy of the report at Counter 33, 3rd Storey of ICA Building.