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

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Obtaining a Deed Poll is just the first step in changing your name. Your lawyer will prepare your Deed Poll for you to sign in his presence, and by having a Deed Poll, your name has not changed until you notify the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Your lawyer does not notify anyone, and the onus is on you to effect the change of your name at ICA within 28 days from the date of the Deed Poll.

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If you are an adult or a minor with an IC, the the adult or minor (assisted by parents) should change the name of his/her IC/NRIC at ICA within 28 days from the date of the Deed Poll.

A common question is who I need to notify of my change of name and/or whether I need to update my change of name in my personal documents (eg. degree certificate).  This is a difficult question to answer as there are so many possibilities, and you should check with the various parties on updating your name. The onus of notifying/updating these parties are solely on you/your parents.

For government agencies, it is not clear if ICA will notify or update the various government agencies upon the change of name in your IC at ICA. You may verify with ICA and/or the various agencies whether you need to forward  to the various agencies a copy each of your new IC and/or your Deed Poll.

Below are the list of common documents / agencies (not exhaustive) and suggested solutions (subject to errors and your verifications with the proper bodies):-

  1. birth certificate – usually, cannot update name after child is 1 year old
  2. marriage certificage – new IC and Deed Poll may be sufficient, but check with ROM
  3. CPF – check with ICA at time of change of IC, or CPF Board. Name change in IC may be updated automatically
  4. banks – onus is on you to notify the banks of your change of name. You may wish to produce your new IC and original Deed Poll (and an extra copy for the bank)
  5. educational certificates – the option is yours, and the onus is on you to check with the relevant education institutions on whether you are able to update your name in your educational certificates
  6. insurance – check with your insurer or your insurance agent
  7. property (real estate) – usually it is up to you if you wish to incur legal costs to update your name in title deeds, and the onus is on you. If property is secured by a mortgage or charge, the process can be fairly complicated.
  8. vehicle ownership – check with LTA, but may be updated automatically
  9. school – onus is on you to notify the school, please furnish a copy of the Deed Poll to the school
  10. utilities service providers – onus is you if you wish to notify them

You may wish to refer to our Information Sheet for Singapore Deed Poll (Change of Name) on What should I do after I have done a Deed Poll. The information stated in the Singapore Deed Poll’s Information Sheet is strictly for general information and is not meant to be exhaustive or comprehensive.

It is important to that you should keep your original Deed Poll safely as various authorities (including immigration authorities overseas for migration purposes) may require sight of the original Deed Poll or a certified true copy thereof in lieu of the original.

We have received numerous enquiries to retrieve copies of old Deed Polls done by other law firms in Singapore for those who had lost their original Deed Polls, but we can’t do so as their Deed Polls are not in our archive database.

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This is a common question asked, but in our opinion, there are no easy answers. For the most precise or accurate answers, please direct your queries to the relevant immigration authorities, airlines or travel authorities.

We will attempt to answer the various scenario, but caution that any reliance on our answers or opinions are at your own peril. As we are not the relevant authorities or body, we are unable to provide precise opinions.

Ticket in Old Name & Passport in New Name (IC in New Name)

If you have an air travel ticket issued in your old name and you have already changed your name in your Passport to your new name, you may face problems at the immigration counter as the name in your air ticket differs from that in your passport.

Both Ticket & Passport in Old Name (IC in New Name)

If you have an air travel ticket in your old name and your Passport is also in your old name (but your NRIC in your new name), there is a possibility that you may be able to clear immigration. Note that the Singapore Immigration Officer may still query as to the inconsistency of your name in your Passport and your IC Name and raise objection to your clearance (we are unable to know or advise as this is the immigration policy).

However, if there is a drastic change in your old and new name, you may be asked of the discrepancy in the names in your Passport and your NRIC at the immigration counter. You are strongly advised to update your name in your ticket and your passport to your new name before you travel.

Notwithstanding the aforesaid, once you have changed your name in your NRIC, please ensure that your name in your Passport and travel ticket are conssistent with that in your NRIC before you travel. The onus is on you to procure the change of name in your passport.

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After the amendment of the name in the holder’s NRIC, the onus of whether or not to have the change similarly updated in the Singapore Passport lies with the holder.

To be consistent with the name in your IC, you should change the name in your Passport. You can do so at ICA after you have changed your name in your IC. We strongly advise you to update the name in your Passport before you book your travel ticket or travel overseas. However, if in doubt, please contact ICA directly.

Please note that this query relates to government policies, and we can only provide guidance and shall not be deemed as advice whatsoever.

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If you own an immovable property (private real estate or hdb flat), you may wish to update the name appearing in the title document of your property. This can be done after you have updated your new name in your Identity Card. You may enagage a law firm to assist you to submit an Application to Note Change of Name at the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) with the original Deed Poll or certified true copy thereof (by a lawyer) as supporting evidence.

If Property is Mortgaged:

If your property is mortgaged to a Bank, you may need to to request the Bank to temporarily release the title deeds (namely, the Certificate of Title, Subsidiary Strata Certificate of Title or Subsidiary Certificate of Title, as the case may be) to enable you to update your name in the title document at SLA. Your lawyer representing you will write to the Bank for its consent to release the original title document. This will incur additional legal fees as your lawyer will have to arrange for the Bank to temporarily release the title to your lawyer for the purpose of updating your name in the title.

I Wish to Engage Loh Eben Ong, what are your Charges?

We do assist client to update his or her names in the title document. In order for us to notify you of our charges, please let us know if your property is mortgaged, and if so, who is the Mortgagee (eg. Bank).

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The choice of whether you wish to update your new name in your property title document (eg. Certificate of Title, Subsidiary Strata Certificate of Title and Lease) is yours.

However, if you choose not to update immediately after your change of name, you can do so when a subsequent instrument or instruments [eg. Total Discharge of Mortgage, Mortgage, Transfer (sale)] reflecting your new name is/are lodged against your property title at the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).

Your solicitor acting in that subsequent transaction will at the same time of the lodgement of the subsequent instrument furnish to SLA the necessary documentary evidencing the change of name (eg. certified true copy of your Deed Poll or NRIC reflecting your new name).

Caution Note: The above policy/procedure is subject to change by SLA and/or law, and the reader is advised not to rely on the same or seek proper legal advice.

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Information on an NRIC holder’s change of name may not be transmitted to other governmental departments. It is advisable to notify the relevant government departments of your new name, and they may require to have sight of the original Deed Poll for verification. You should forward a copy of your Deed Poll to the relevant govenment agencies (eg. CPF, HDB, SLA, IRAS and LTA) when requested.

The onus of reporting the change to government organisations, departments, statutory boards (such as Central Provident Fund Board) and authorities (eg. Singapore Land Authority) with whom he/she has dealings with lies with the holder.

Please note that this query relates to government policies, and we can only provide guidance and shall not be deemed as advice whatsoever.

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Obtaining a Deed Poll is just the first step in changing your name. Your lawyer will prepare your Deed Poll for you to sign in his presence, and by having a Deed Poll, your name has not changed until you notify the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Your lawyer does not notify anyone, and the onus is on you to effect the change of your name at ICA within 28 days from the date of the Deed Poll.

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A Singapore Identity Card (IC) holder is required to apply for a replacement IC within 28 days of changing his/her name via Deed Poll.

You can apply online via ICA Online or through ICA’s counter service, and please refer to this link ICA Update Change of Name for more information.

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As your name (in English characters) in your Identity Card may have changed, it is advisable to notify the Banks and private institutions or bodies which you have dealing with of your new name. The onus of notifying such change of name lies with you. For verification, these institutions may require sight of the original Deed Poll.

For Banks, it is suggested that you bring to any branch of the Bank in Singapore your new NRIC and the original Deed Poll (with a copy for the Bank).

For other types of institutions or entities, their requirements may vary, and some may be able to accept a scanned copy of your Deed Poll, or some may require sight of your original Deed Poll. You are advised to contact them for their requirements.

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If you have lost your Deed Poll, you cannot re-sign another Deed Poll to replace the earlier Deed Poll. You may however approach the law firm that prepared the Deed Poll to obtain a certified true copy of your Deed Poll by its lawyer at your cost.

For Deed Polls that were witnessed by our lawyers, you may request our office for a certified true copy of your Deed Poll at certain cost subject to the same being in our archive. We do not however warrant or represent that a certified true copy will be made available to you, and our decision is final and conclusive.

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If you are required to evidence the change of your name by an overseas organisation or authority, the organisation or authority (eg. Immigration Authority) may request for a notarised Deed Poll to be furnished. Please check with the relevant organisation or authority on what is required prior to approaching us for a “notarised Deed Poll”.

Common requirements from the relevant authorities include (not exhaustive):-

  1. copy of Deed Poll certiifed true by Notary Public together with a Notarial Certificat and Apostille issued by the Singapore Academy of Law; or
  2. as in (1) above, but with further legalization by the relevant foreign embassy in Singapore.

Please note the prescribed rates for Notarial services are chargeable.

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There is no official documentation from ICA on this issue. Based on our experience, we would advise the parent(s) of the minor child (without an Identity Card) to either:-

  • attend at the Registry of Birth of ICA to update the child’s records with the Deed Poll; or
  • attend at ICA to change the child’s Singapore Passport to his new name with the Deed Poll

The above are just general information, and you are advised to contact ICA for its official position.

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