SingPass is a password-protected online identity for a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident. It is a one-stop solution to help you on your digital journeys, whether it’s paying your bills, renewing your driving license, or planning to vote in the next General Election.
SingPass offers its users better security, convenience, and accessibility when using their digital services by giving them an account that they can use to log in with. For example, with SingPass, the user can log in using just one username and password for multiple government services such as registering for CPF contributions, buying e-toll tags, and filing income tax returns.
Many benefits come with having a SingPass account. However, not everyone has one yet! Here are some of the steps you need to take to get one of these excellent accounts!
What is SingPass?
Singpass is a single sign-on solution that allows Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents to access multiple government e-services using just one username and password. Singpass also gives you access to your records, such as your NRIC, Driving Licence, and Electoral Registration. It has been implemented in the Government of Singapore to make accessing government services easier for their citizens and residents. SingPass is a mandatory requirement to apply for a Work Permit or S Pass as an expatriate employee.
What can I do with my sing pass?
With SingPass, you can now do more online! You can:
Apply for CPF/Medisave accounts, file income tax returns, apply for driving licenses and permits, apply for vehicle loans, and review your bank transaction history.
With SingPass, you can also view your employment records, such as your work permit information and S Pass status.
You can also use SingPass to access the Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) portal to renew or apply for a new DSC.
Why do I need a Singpass account?
With SingPass, you only need to remember one username and password for all your online transactions with the Government. You can also change your password; view your records, such as your NRIC, driving license, and electoral registration information.
How do I register for a Singpass account?
You can register for a SingPass account at www.singpass.gov.sg or visit any post office branch nationwide to register in person.
To create an account, you will need to provide personal information such as NRIC number, date of birth, and contact details. The process takes about 15 minutes, and you will receive an email notification when the account is activated within 24 hours after registration.
How do I get SingPass?
You can get a SingPass account by registering online at www.singpass.gov.sg. You will need to provide specific details such as NRIC number, contact phone number, and current email address to register an account with SingPass.
If you are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident with a current email address (e.g., Yahoo! Mail), you may be able to use that email address to sign up for SingPass instead of creating another email account just for SingPass!
If you are a Singapore Permanent Resident with an existing Yahoo! Mail account, you can sign up for SingPass using your current Yahoo! Mail address. If you have forgotten your Yahoo! Mail password, you can reset it.
If you are a Non-Singapore Citizen or Work Permit holder, the Government has recently made SingPass available to you as well! You may register for a SingPass account at www.singpass.gov.sg/eGovSG/Register/RegisterOnline you would have to meet either of the following conditions:
- You are a citizen of one of these countries: Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong (SAR), Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand; or
- You hold a valid Employment Pass issued by Singapore and have resided in Singapore for at least one year; or
- You own an Employment Pass issued by Singapore and have worked in Singapore for at least three years; or
- You hold a valid Student Pass issued by Singapore.
For detailed instructions on how to register for a SingPass account, you may visit the SingPass website: www.singpass.gov.sg/eGovSG/Register/RegisterOnline.
The Government has also released an official SingPass Mobile Application for Android and iOS devices. You can download from the respective app stores: Google Play Store or Apple App Store!
As of December 2013, there is also a third-party app called IBSA (Integrated Building & Social Administration) available in the iOS App Store that allows users to access their SingPass accounts on their iPhones and iPads via a web browser (similar to how one would typically use Safari to browse the Internet). The app is free and requires no login credentials. You will, however, need to have an existing SingPass account before using it.
How to use SingPass on your phone?
SingPass Mobile App is an official mobile application developed by SingPass, allowing users to access their SingPass accounts from their Android and iOS devices. Users can also use the app to check their email, view e-Statements, and make payments via DBS PayLah! and GIRO without logging in to the SingPass website. The app comes in two variants:
SingPass Mobile App (Web) – An app that requires no login credentials and allows users to access their SingPass accounts via a web browser
However, it does not allow for the viewing of e-Statements or making payments through DBS PayLah! or GIRO. You will need an existing SingPass account before using this app.
SingPass Mobile App (Mobile) – An app that requires a valid SingPass account with at least one activated service before you can use it
You can use this app to view your e-Statements and make payments through DBS PayLah! or GIRO.
The SingPass Mobile App (Mobile) is currently available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
You can register for an account on the app by going to “Register” and entering your NRIC, passport, or FIN number. Once you have done this, you will access your SingPass account via the mobile app.
As aforementioned, SingPass is an online service that allows citizens of Singapore to conduct online transactions with the Government. It is a convenient way to do so as users do not have to queue up at counters or submit any physical forms.
SingPass has been around since 2002, and many Singaporeans are familiar with it. However, there are still some who are not aware of its existence. The Government has taken steps to make it more publicized in recent years by introducing its mobile application, for example.
It will be interesting to see how SingPass develops in the future. More and more people are using smartphones and tablets nowadays (and this trend will only increase with time), and how the Government plans to keep up with the technological changes that may come about in future.