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NRIC re-registration for Singapore citizens and PRs turning 55 years old from 2017


SINGAPORE – From next year (2017), Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PR) will have to make a new National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) when they turn 55 years old.

They will have to update their personal particulars and submit a recent photo of themselves.

Iris images will also be taken at the point of NRIC collection. The process will be no different from taking a photo.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Monday (Nov 14) that these measures will improve identification of older NRIC holders.

“As NRIC holders get older, the photographs on the NRIC will become outdated. This may cause difficulties in identification, particularly for the elderly,” it said.

“Besides possible inconvenience to the NRIC holders, this may also lead to security risks because the authorities may not be able to correctly identify an individual based on his outdated photograph.”

Currently, Singapore citizens and PRs register for an NRIC at 15 years old, and re-register at age 30.

The first batch of people affected by this second round of re-registration will be those who turn 55 years old on or after Jan 1, 2017 – in other words, those born on or after Jan 1, 1962.

They will have one year to do so.

The re-registration will cost $10 for citizens and $50 for PRs.

Citizens or PRs who turn 55 next year but have replaced their NRIC in the last 10 years are exempted.

The ICA said it will also introduce optional NRIC re-registration for citizens and PRs who turn 55 years old before next year. This will start from 2018. More details will be given at a later date, said the ICA.

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