This post is also available in: zh-hans简体中文 (Chinese (Simplified))

Singapore Certificate of Incorporation

A certificate of incorporation is described as a legal document which is related to the formation of a company or corporation. The precise meaning of a certificate of incorporation however, would depend upon the legal system where it is being used. 

In Singapore, the certificate of incorporation will usually be issued by the Singapore Registrar of Companies (ACRA) via an e-notification of incorporation which is will be generated electronically. These e-notifications do not have any signatures on them and will be emailed out to the officers of the company and the person in charge of the incorporation filings.


Is There an Alternative to Certificate of Incorporation?

A hard copy of the certificate that confirms the company’s incorporation is available for purchase at any time from ACRA. Bear in mind that these hard copies will need to be duly signed by ACRA. The hard copies can be purchased any number of times from ACRA, especially if the documents are being submitted from overseas where an unsigned electronic copy of the e-notification is not accepted.


What is the Procedure for Acquiring a Singapore Certificate of Incorporation

To purchase a hard copy of the certificate which confirms a company’s incorporation that is also duly signed by an ACRA officer, you would be required to log into ACRA’s BizFile website and make the required purchase from that end. Once purchase has been completed, you would then be able to collect your certificate within the next working day from the ACRA counter after 2pm local time. Companies who have applied to change the name of their company are required to follow the same procedure, and this includes companies that require a certificate confirming the company’s incorporation and subsequent change of name.

To make a purchase of incorporation certificates through BizFile, you would need to complete the following steps:

  1. Visit the BizFile website at
  2. Select the “Buy Information” tab
  3. There will be 4 option listed under the Buy Information tab (Buy Business Profile, Buy Other Information, Buy Package Information, iShop Membership), select the option that you are after and proceed from there.

Keep in mind that members of the general public are eligible for the purchase of Certificates of Good Standing and Certificates of Compliance in electronic forms if these documents are available from the iShop.

SingPass logins only allow company officers, business owners and or authorized representatives, LLP/LP partners, managers and authorized corporate service providers to make purchases of statutory certificates on behalf of the business entity.


What is the Processing Time for Certificate of Incorporation?

Once the payment has been completed, an email which contains a URL to access the report that would need to be downloaded will be emailed within 15 minutes. Purchases which were done via SingPass can be accessed by logging into the ACRA BizFile portal to download the needed information. This applies for all electronic certificates.

Hardcopies of these certificates can be collected from the ACRA reception counter within the next working day, 24 hours after payment has been successfully completed.


Need Some Help?

Need a certificate of incorporation but not sure how to get started? 3E Accounting is experienced, dedicated and the best in our field when it comes to everything incorporation. Contact us for more information or get in touch with any of our friendly and helpful staff today to find out more.