Social Security Number (SSN)

Singapore’s social security number is known as a national identification number. Every citizen and permanent resident of Singapore must register for a National Registration Identity Card (NRIC).  This card will contain a unique NRIC number with nine alphanumeric characters. These numbers will act as your  permanent  personal identity number.
This card will also display your:
  • date of birth;
  • residential address;
  • photo;
  • thumbprint.
Applying for a social security number in Singapore is easy. You will apply for it at the same time when you apply to be a permanent resident.
Once your permanent residency is approved, you  and your family  will receive  your NRICs. Some documents you need as part of the process  include:
  • your Birth certificate;
  • a recent passport-sized color photograph taken within the last three months;
  • a baptism or religious certificate if you want to include a religious name;
  • a deed poll certificate for a change of name (if applicable);
  • digital image(s) of the page(s) of your current passport, which contains your personal details.