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NRIC re-registration at age 55 required starting January

Registration fees are at $10 for SCs and $50 for PRs.

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will introduce National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) re-registration at age 55 from 1 January 2017.

Covered under the new rule are Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) who are turning 55 years old on or after 1 January 2017 (i.e. born on or after 1 January 1962); and those who have not been issued with a replacement NRIC in the 10 years before their 55th birthday, will be required to re-register their NRIC.

Currently, SCs and Permanent Residents PRs register for their NRIC at age 15 and re-register at age 30. The re-registration at age 30 allows SCs and PRs to update their identity information, including their photographs.

ICA explains that as NRIC holders get older, the photographs on the NRIC will become outdated. This may cause difficulties in identification, particularly for the elderly.

It added that besides possible inconvenience to the NRIC holders, this may also lead to security risks because the authorities may not be able to correctly identify an individual based on his outdated photograph. T

The re-registration at age 55 will allow SCs and PRs to get new NRICs with their most recent photographs.

A subsidised re-registration fee of $10 for SCs and $50 for PRs will be charged to recover part of the costs to produce an IC. This is the same amount for NRIC registration at age 15 and re-registration at age 30.
 

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