How to Get Digital Birth Certificate Singapore:
Singapore’s Government is putting a great effort into serving the public better by digitizing its services. The digital birth certificate Singapore is one of the newly introduced services. It means there will be no issued physical and death certificates from May 29, 2022. Now digital certificates will be issued. The plus point is it can be easily downloaded and saved on any storage and mobile device. This news was shared by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on May 8, 2022. This is big news for parents as they can now spend the most time with their newborn babies instead of queuing in long lines to collect the birth certificates at ICA offices. Registration is simple and it can be done via the LifeSG app. You have to wait for 90 days once your application is approved, you can then download and store it on your mobile. The death certificate registration can also be done through the same process so the bereaved family members and take care of the formalities. Let’s discuss the registration process.
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The Process to Get the Digital Birth Certificate Singapore
In order to get the digital birth certificate the baby should be born at a hospital gazetted as a birth registration center. This way all the data will be registered automatically in ICA’s system and parents can use the app to register and download the digital certificate.
Parents have a time window of 42 days to apply for a digital birth certificate for their newborns via the LifeSG app.
First, download the app from IOS or Android Google Play Store. The process of digital birth certificate Singapore using the LifeSG app is available to parents who meet the following criteria:
- One parent should be a Singapore citizen
- Both parents should have a Singpass account.
- When the child is born parents’ marriage is registered in Singapore.
- The baby is born at a hospital gazetted as a birth registration center.
Once you know that you meet all the requirements just follow the process given below to download the birth certificate:
There’s an issuance fee of S$18 for the digital birth certificate which can be paid via Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card. This covers the cost of the registration process, including IT system development and maintenance, as per ICA.
For Walk-in Registration
If the child was not born at a hospital gazetted as a birth registration center. You can do a walk-in registration at any designated birth registration center located at:
- Gleneagles Hospital
- KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
- Mount Alvernia Hospital
- Mount Elizabeth Hospital
- Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
- National University Hospital
- Parkway East Hospital
- Raffles Hospital
- Singapore General Hospital
- Thomson Medical Centre.
Parents also have a choice to collect the birth certificate by making an appointment at the birth registration center located at the hospital where the baby was born, or at the ICA Registry of Births and Deaths.
Digital Death Certificate Singapore:
The same goes for the digital death certificate as the next-of-kin will no longer need to register deaths. A medical practitioner will certify the death and, it will be registered automatically in ICA’s system. A digital death certificate will be generated by the system instantly. The next-of-kin can then get information such as the digital death certificate number from the medical practitioner or a hospital employee. This will allow them to download the certificate from the My Legacy porta on the LifeSG app.
Once you have the required information from the hospital, just follow the steps given below to download the death certificate:
There is a 90 days time window to download digital birth certificates. After the 90 days have been passed contact ICA for assistance at [email protected]. You will not be charged the S$18 fee again. For the death certificates, Next-of-kin has up to 30 days time window.
We hope this article on digital birth certificate Singapore proved informative to you. If you still couldn’t get any of the required certificates there’s a temporary hotline (6589 8707) for citizens who are unable to go online and do not have any assistance.