Changing your name in Singapore is a legal process that requires following certain procedures and submitting relevant documents to the authorities. Regardless of the reason, the process for changing your name in Singapore is similar. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to change your name in Singapore:
Step 1: Choose a new name
Before you start the process of changing your name, you need to choose a new name that complies with certain guidelines . Your new name must not be obscene or offensive, infringe on any trademarks or intellectual property rights, be the same as an existing business or organization, or include any numbers or symbols.
Step 2: Prepare the required documents
To change your name in Singapore, you need to prepare the following documents:
Deed Poll: This is a legal document that officially records your name change. You can engage Ascentsia Law Corporation to prepare a Deed Poll for you.
National Registration Identity Card (NRIC): You need to provide your NRIC to confirm your identity.
Step 3: Submit the documents
Once you have prepared the required documents, you need to submit them to ICA. The process for submitting the documents depends on the reason for changing your name:
Marriage: If you are changing your name due to marriage, you need to submit your Deed Poll, NRIC, and marriage certificate to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). You can do this online or in person at any Citizen Services Centre.
Divorce: If you are changing your name due to divorce, you need to submit your Deed Poll, NRIC, and divorce certificate to the ICA. You can do this online or in person at any Citizen Services Centre.
Adoption: If you are changing your name due to adoption, you need to submit your Deed Poll, NRIC, and adoption certificate to the Family Justice Courts. You can do this in person at the Family Justice Courts and the ICA.
Step 4: Wait for approval
After submitting your documents, you need to wait for approval from the relevant authorities. The processing time can vary depending on the reason for changing your name and the workload of the authorities. You can check the status of your application online or by contacting the relevant authorities.
Step 5: Update your documents
Once your name change is approved, you need to update your documents, including your NRIC, passport, and other relevant documents. You also need to inform your bank, employer, and other relevant organizations about your name change.
In conclusion, changing your name in Singapore is a legal process that requires following certain procedures and submitting relevant documents to the authorities. By choosing a new name, preparing the required documents, submitting the documents, waiting for approval, and updating your documents, you can successfully change your name in Singapore.
At Ascentsia Law Corporation, we can assist you with the legal aspects of changing your name, including preparing and filing the required documents. Contact us HERE to learn more about our legal services.
(Written by ChatGPT)
Why Kong Leong
26 March 2023