Singapore Deed Poll FAQ

Singapore Deed Poll FAQ

Singapore Deed Poll FAQ on issues relating to Singapore Change of Name in NRIC for Adult and Change of Child’s Name. If a person is under 21 years of age, he is considered a Minor or Child and his parents or legal guardian(s) will have to sign the Deed Poll on his behalf. Deed Poll FAQ for Name Change

Deed Poll Procedures

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Minor (Child under 21)

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Minor Deed Poll (13)

The Deed Poll is a physical document executed in a law firm, and the law firm has no obligation to communicate the change to anyone. The onus is on you to notify the various authorities of the change of nane.

If the child has a NRIC (identity card), you should change his name at ICA with the Deed Poll within 28 days from the date of the Deed Poll.

If the child has no NRIC (for those 1 year old and above), we strongly recommend that you should either:

  •  notify the Registry of Birth of the change so that ICA’s record is updated; or
  •  apply for a new passport for the child with his new name using the Deed Poll.

By notifying ICA of your child’s change of name, in the event there are issues in changing your child’s name via a Deed Poll, ICA will raise them at the time of your application to change your child’s particulars.

Otherwise, the relevant authorities, particularly ICA, will not be aware of the change of your chlid’s name vide Deed Poll.

Please note that even if your child’s Deed Poll has been accepted by the school, this does not mean that ICA will automatically accept the Deed Poll.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

Typically, you do not need a Deed Poll to effect the change of name in a child’s birth certificate if the child is less than 1 year old. However, please contact ICA on its policies and procedures.

However, difficulty may arise if you are the only natural parent (mother) stated in the child’s birth certificate and the child’s surname is yours, and you wish to change the surname of the child to that of another person (eg. your boyfriend).

Based on experience (subject to error and caution), ICA may not allow (whether with a Deed Poll or not) the single mother to change the surname of her child to another person’s surname unless that other person takes a DNA test to evidence that he is the natural father.

You are strongly advised to seek ICA’s directions before engaging us to prepare your Deed Poll. If we have inadvertently prepared a Deed Poll for you based on your instructions and you have issues with the change, we will not refund any fee paid by you.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

For change of a minor’s name via Deed Poll, both birth parents’ consent must be sought for a change of name. Accordingly, we require both parents to sign the Deed Poll, except with exceptions.

The exceptions for only one parent to the Deed Poll are: (1) she is a single parent as per the child’s birth certificate, (2) he/she must submit an Order of Court empowering him/her to unilaterally change the child’s particulars, or (3) the other parent has died and did not appoint a legal guardian for the child.

You may be required to email ICA a copy of the Order of Court, Birth Certificate, or death certificate, together with the completed declaration form, to ICA_IC_Unit@ica.gov.sg after your online application has been submitted.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

If both parents sign the Deed Poll for a minor, Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will process change of name without query and a declaration form.

If only one parent signs the Deed Poll, then ICA requires that parent to complete and sign a form to declare either one of the following:

  • he/she is the sole parent (per birth certificate)
  • that parent has an Order of Court which empowers him/her to change the minor’s particulars unilaterally
  • the other parent/ legal guardian(s) is no longer alive and has not appointed any legal guardian in respect of the minor.

The Declaration Form is to be completed at ICA and not at Loh Eben Ong’s office. However, where a Deed Poll is signed by 1 parent (except for single parent as evidenced by the child’s birth certificate), that parent must sign Loh Eben Ong’s internal Declaration Form for our own internal record.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

Amendment to the name on the child’s Birth Certificate (BC) will not be allowed after 1 year from date of birth. Please check with ICA on its policies

Should parents wish to change the child’s name, they may obtain a Deed Poll to effect the change. After change of making a Deed Poll for your child, you should notify ICA as soon as possible so that your child’s new name is updated in ICA’s records, or ICA may require you to amend the Deed Poll based on its policies.

The Deed Poll should be produced together with the BC for official transactions (eg. school registration, application for passport etc) for the new name to be reflected. The Deed Poll should also be produced during the child’s IC registration for the new name to be reflected on the NRIC.

When you changed your child’s name by way of a Deed Poll, please note that ICA or other relevant authorities have no knowledge of the change of name unless you notify them.

If the child has a NRIC, then you should effect the change of name in his IC within 28 days from the date of the Deed Poll.

If the child has no NRIC at the time of making the Deed Poll, it is advisable to change or endorse the new name in the child’s passport at the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA), or update his birth record at the Registry of Birth at ICA.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

Based on ICA’s policy, the child’s name is an important symbol of his identity and his relationship with his parents. Hence, both parents should sign the Deed Poll for their child save for exceptions.

The exceptions are where the other parent has died and has not appointed a guardian for the child, or a parent is the sole parent as stated in the child’s birth certificate, or the Court has granted a parent power to unilaterally change his/her child’s particulars. Relevant declaration form and documentary evidence must be furnished to ICA.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

For the signing of the Deed Poll for a minor child (under 21 years’ old), the child needs not attend at our office (but required to attend at ICA).

Only the parents (one or both as the case may be) signing need to attend, and he/she/they has/have to bring along the child’s birth certificate and NRIC (if available), and his/her/their own identity document (IC or Passport).

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

No. For minors below 21 years of age, the Deed Poll must be executed by two parents, with exceptions.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

This is a common question where the parent having sole care and control, and custody of a child (under 21 years) wishes to change the child’s name and/or surname.

Based on ICA’s policy, both parents should consent to the change of the minor child’s name, save with exceptions.

The exceptions for one parent singing the Deed Poll are (1) she is the sole parent listed in the Birth Certificate, (2) he/she has an Order of Court empowering him/her to unilaterally change the minor’s particulars, or (3) the other parent has died and he/she did not appoint any guardian for the child.

Link: ICA Replace Identity Card (Change of Particulars/Damaged)

Notwithstanding that we have prepared the Deed Poll for changing of your child’s first name(s)/surname, we do not warrant or represent that ICA will effect the change.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

The short answer is no. Please make your enquiries to ICA.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

The short answer is no. Please make your enquiries to ICA.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

If the child is under 21 years of age as at the date of the Deed Poll.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

A Deed Poll does not by itself automatically change the name of your child in the Singapore Government’s official records. Once you have signed a Deed Poll in our office and received the original Deed Poll, the onus is on you as the parent(s) to notify the relevant authorities and/or organisations (eg. ICA, Banks, Schools).

If your child does not have a NRIC or Singapore Identity Card, it is good practice for the parents to do the following (suggestions):-

(A) change the name of your child in the Passport or apply for a new Passport for the child and the new name will be updated at ICA records; or

(B) go to Registry of Birth at ICA to update the name with the Deed Poll (note that if your child is above 1 year old, you can’t change his name in the Birth Certificate, but just ICA’s record).

If the child has a NRIC or Singapore Identity Card, then you should attend at ICA to change his name within 28 days from the date of the Deed Poll.

Caution: This FAQ involves government’s policies and procedures, and we do not make any representation or warranty that the above is accurate or free of errors. Please check with ICA directly on their policies and procedures.

Categories: Deed Poll, Minor Deed Poll

Naming & Other Issues

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Post Deed Poll

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