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To get a Singapore Identity Card (also known as NRIC - National Registry Identity Card), you’ll need to submit two recent pictures that follow a long list of very specific requirements.
You will need to follow the instructions to the letter, otherwise your application will be rejected and it will take a longer time to obtain your Singapore IC.
To get the right size you can go to a photo booth or a professional photographer, but you can also use a handy online tool that will allow you to take the perfect picture for your Singapore IC.
The photos for a Singapore IC need to follow very specific rules regarding their dimensions:
The background for a Singapore IC photo must be white and plain, patterns or uneven lighting will get your picture rejected for sure. You can easily achieve a uniform background with the right online tool.
The light must be uniform as well, making sure there are no shadows altering your face features. You must also be careful not to overexpose or underexpose the photo, making everything visible and keeping your natural skin color.
In a NRIC photo smiles or other facial expressions are not acceptable. You will need to keep a neutral expression, making sure that your facial muscles are fully relaxed.
You also need to keep your mouth closed and your eyes well open, staring directly into the camera.
Your head cannot be tilted in any direction, only a full frontal view is acceptable.
Any type of accessory on the head is forbidden on NRIC photos, as they may obstruct the view of your face. So, no sunglasses, headbands or other large accessories.
Prescription glasses can be worn if used every day, but thick rims or tinted lenses are not acceptable. You also need to make sure that they don’t cast any shadows or create any glares. If possible, we recommend just taking them to take the picture.
Hats and headgear are only allowed for religious reasons, but, even in this case, you need to make sure that they do not obstruct the view of the face in any way.
There are no stated requirements about hearing aids.
There are no strict specifications about the clothes you are allowed to wear in a Singapore IC picture. As for any official document, avoid wearing a law enforcement or military uniform, they are usually not accepted.
As an additional tip, we advise not wearing white clothes: they might blend with the background and have a negative effect on the lighting.
To make sure that the photos for your NRIC application get accepted, you might want to ensure that you avoid making some common mistakes that might get it rejected. The most common mistakes are:
If you don’t want to spend time and money going to a photo studio or a photobooth, you can easily take the picture for your Singapore NRIC at home.
You just need a digital camera or a smartphone with the right resolution.
To get the right lighting, there is no better option than sunlight. Place the camera at least 2 meters away from you and face a window during a sunny day.
Using natural light, you will get an evenly lit photo without effort.
To get the right background, place a white sheet behind you, making sure there are no folds or creases.
After you are done, upload the photo to an online photo editor (like Passport Photo Online) to crop it to the right size.
Making sure you follow all the instructions to the letter might not be so easy, slipping up even slightly can get your picture rejected. Going to a professional photographer can prove quite expensive, and not all of us can find one in our vicinity. Photobooths are generally quite accessible, but you still need to pay extra attention to the requirements, otherwise you’ll end up taking many pictures, spending a lot of time and money.
With the help of Passport Photo Online, you can take a perfect picture for any document you need!
Through the use of an AI, our editor will make sure that your picture follows all of the requirements.
You’ll immediately know if the one you took is usable or if you need to take another one, this way you will have the guarantee that your picture will be accepted before turning it in.
In a few seconds the photo will be cut out and cropped to the right size and you will be ready to go!
With Passport Photo Online you can take all the pictures you want, you will only pay for the ones you pick at the end! You can then choose if you want the printouts sent to you or if you just want the digital file.
You will save time and money and you can be sure that the authorities will approve your pictures.
You can turn to Passport Photo Online for any photo you need to apply for official documents!
Last update: 4/8/22
💡 How to apply for an IC in Singapore?
Go to the Government website and download the application form, you must then turn it in with the indicated photos and documents.
💡 What are the size requirements for a Singapore IC photo?
The photos must be 35 mm x 45 mm or 400 px x 514 px, if digital.
💡 How to take IC photo at home?
Just set your smartphone or camera 2 meters away from you and face a window on a sunny day. Once you take the photo, upload it to an online editor and adjust it to the right size.
💡 How much does a NRIC application cost?
A NRIC application costs 10$ for Singapore citizens and 50$ for permanent residents.
💡 Can I change my IC photo?
If you want to change the picture on your NRIC, you will need to apply for a replacement IC, submitting the new photos.
💡 Can I change my IC name?
Changing the name on your NRIC is sometimes allowed, you will need to ask for a replacement IC, submitting the documents that prove your name changes (married name, religious name, etc...).
💡 Where to take a Singapore IC photo?
You can take an IC photo at any professional photo studio in Singapore, in a licensed photo booth, or at home, following our guide.
The National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) is the mandatory ID card all citizens and permanent residents of Singapore need to have. Everyone must apply before the age of 15 or immediately upon becoming a permanent resident.
It’s also necessary to re-register before turning 30 or 55, if a new IC was not issued in the last 10 years.
Singapore citizens need to provide a picture (according to the requirements) and any document for a name change (married name, religious name).
Permanent residents also need to provide a valid passport to confirm their identity.
Citizens will have to pay 10$ for their application, the fee for permanent residents is 50$.
You can apply online and you will receive all information via mail, this also applies for the re-registration.
The application will be processed in around 3 business days, though it might take longer in peak periods. Once your Singapore IC is ready, you will receive an SMS. You will need to make an appointment to collect it within 3 months.
You can check on your application status with an online service.
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