FAQs : Birth Certificate Registration in Singapore
A birth certificate is something people often take for granted. Not many of us would think that it holds any value. However, something that we often overlook that is of great significance is whether both of our parents are named on our birth certificate. The consequences of not having a parent - the father, named is something that is felt by illegitimate children.
In this article, we will be answering some frequently asked questions related to this topic.
Birth Certificate Registration
- Identity cards
- Original marriage certificate
- Letter of authorisation from the child’s parents (if birth is being registered by a proxy)
- Notification of Live Birth issued by the hospital/doctor/midwife (if any)
- Long-term pass cards
- Disembarkation/embarkation cards
- Both parents’ original NRIC
- The original marriage certificate
- The child’s original birth certificate
- DNA test results proving the father’s relation to the child
- Other documentary evidence to support the application (if any)
- Our laws on intestate succession precludes illegitimate children from succeeding his or her parent’s intestate properties;
- Illegitimate children are not legally entitled to maintenance from the parents’ estate;
- The child will not receive the biological father’s surname and will instead acquire the mother’s surname;
- If the child is born illegitimate, he or she will not acquire Singaporean citizenship by birth if the mother is not a Singaporean citizen;
- A biological parent is not able to form a family nucleus with an illegitimate child for the purposes of purchasing a Housing Development Board (HDB) flat; and
- Single mothers do not enjoy the same tax reliefs as married mothers.