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Singapore to issue digital birth and death certificates

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Babies born in Singapore from May 29 will no longer have physical birth certificates, as the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will only issue digital certificates.

The same will be applied to deaths registered from May 29. This is part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to streamline and digitalise services for Singaporeans.

ICA said in a news release yesterday that birth and death registration processes will be simplified to allow parents of newborns and next-of-kin of the deceased to download and store digital certificates on their personal mobile devices and laptops.

This means that in-person birth registration services as well as counters providing death registration services in places such as hospitals and the ICA building will no longer be available.

With the introduction of digital certificates, parents will have to register their newborns via the LifeSG app within 42 days of their child’s birth.

Upon successful registration, parents will be notified to download their child’s digital birth certificate on ICA’s website using the electronic retrieval of certificates and instant verification e-service.

Parents will be given up to 90 days to download the digital birth certificate, which can be stored and saved on their personal devices.