Registration of the Birth

Understand which documents are needed to register the birth of a new child and whether a child born in Singapore is eligible for Singaporean citizenship...

The hospital will issue the new parents with a Notification of Live Birth form to take to the Registry of Births and Deaths (RBD) to register the newborn and collect a birth certificate.

Some hospitals have counters within their premises where births can be registered and birth certificates can be issued.

Births should be registered within 14 days from the date of birth (including Sundays and public holidays). Births registered after 14 days and within 42 days, are considered delayed registration. If parents fail to register the birth of their child within 42 days they are liable to a fine.

  • Registry of Births and Deaths (RBD)
    : Citizen Services Centre, 3rd Storey ICA Building, 10 Kallang Road (Next to Lavender MRT station), Singapore 208718

Documents required for registration and birth certificate are:

  • Notification of Live Birth issued by the hospital
  • Both parents' identity cards/passports, entry permits and Disembarkation/Embarkation card issued by ICA (for foreigners)
  • Original marriage certificate/booklet (for married parents)
  • A letter of authorisation from the parents of the child, if someone else registers the birth on their behalf

A small fee is levied at the time of registration, and some hospitals may make an additional charge for this service.


Being born in Singapore does not automatically ensure citizenship. For citizenship parents should refer to the country of origin's Embassy or High Commission and register the child for a passport or inclusion in the parents' passports.

Further Information

Information confirmed and contributed to by Doctor Kenneth Wong The OBGYN centre, 290 Orchard Road, The Paragon, #11-07. Singapore 238859 Main Line 6235 4188, Appointment hotline 9100 3874, Fax: 6235 8408 /email /Website Copyright © 2007-2009 The OBGYN Centre All Rights Reserved Copyright property of the OBGYN Centre Pte Ltd. No reprinting permitted without permission. Picture courtesy of Joffrey Capone