Choosing Your Preferred UEN Identification
All businesses and local companies legally operating in Singapore have one thing in common (because it is a requirement) – they all have a Unique Identity Number (UEN). A UEN number in Singapore is a mandatory requirement because businesses will need to rely on it when transacting and dealing with government agencies.
Once a company has been incorporated and registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) in Singapore, a UEN number will be generated and this is the number which will be used to identify the registered business entity moving forward. This number is generated free of charge for all businesses.
Since the 9th of February 2018, business entity owners have been able to choose their preferred UEN number. For a small fee, business owners can select from a reserved list of UENs during the incorporation and registration process or during conversion. The preferred UEN number is known as a Special UEN or SUN for short. SUNs are optional and if you feel there isn’t a need for your business to choose its own preferred number, you can go ahead and stick with the free system-generated UENs.
What is the Purpose of a SUN?
SUNSs are used by business owners to easily identify with their number and more importantly, remember the number whenever they are required to perform any transactions with government agencies. Remember a number you choose is easier than remember a series of randomly generated digits which possibly hold no significant meaning for you.
How Would I Apply for a SUN If I Wanted One?
A SUN can be applied by business owners during the incorporation and registration process or during the conversion to another type of business entity.
The option to select your own SUN will be available during the payment stage for transaction in BizFile.
There are two tiers of SUNs which business entity owners can choose from:
- Tier 1: For a fee of $3,000 per SUN, your SUN would be a number with either the same consecutive numbers, or any combination of numbers which involves the number 8.
- Tier 2:For a fee of $1,000 per SUN, your SUN number would consist of a repetitive pattern which excludes the number 8. The number would end with the same three identical numbers, for example 222, 555 or 777.
Examples of SUN under each tier:
|Category||Criteria||Company||Business||Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)||Limited Partnership (LP)||Public Accounting Firm (PAF)|
|Tier 1||Consecutive same number||201888888A||53499999V||T18LL7777F||T18LP2222J||T18PF1111P|
|Any number combination involving ‘8’||201800800K||53480008L||T18LL8000O||T18LP0008H||T18PF8800X|
|Tier 2||Repetitive Pattern
|Ending with triple identical number||201801777W||53415666P||T18LL1222N||T18LP5222S||T18PF1666M|
Note: The underlined parts are prefix and suffix of UEN which are system-generated and cannot be changed.