Singapore – The National Registration Identity Card (NRIC)

The National Registration Identity Card is the identity document in use in Singapore. It is required for all persons who are lawfully residents of Singapore (besides certain exempted persons) to register for an NRIC ,either upon becoming a resident of Singapore or if below the age of 15, within one year of attaining the age of 15.

The NRIC is also required to be able to work in Singapore, you need to have one of a Valid NRIC (For Citizens and Permanent residents) or a FIN Card (For Foreigner studying or working in Singapore). NRIC and FIN are basically identical.

The structure of the NRIC number/FIN is #0000000@ where:

  • # is a letter that can be “S”, “T”, “F” or “G” depending on the status of the holder.
  • 0000000 is a 7 digit serial number assigned to the document holder.
  • @ is the checksum letter calculated with respect to # and 0000000.

Singapore citizens and permanent residents born before the year 2000 are assigned the letter “S”.
Singapore citizens and permanent residents born in and after 2000 are assigned the letter “T”.
Foreigners holding employment or student passes issued before 2000 are assigned the letter “F”.
Foreigners holding employment or student passes issued in and after 2000 are assigned the letter “G”.

To add, we made some changes to the NRIC validation in our system We increased the strictness of the validation because we need it for the reports we generate like the CPF e-submission form. If you put bad NRICs in the HRIS, then the report comes out bad and you can’t submit it to CPF. So it is important to make sure that you’ll input a valid NRIC to an employee’s account. We have this article that would assist you in validating the NRIC.

 

These are just basic information about the NRIC. If you have any further questions, please send us a message on our requests page at support@payrollhero.com – we’d be happy to help.