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ACRA is piloting our new digital assistant, Ask Ada, on the Unique Entity Number (UEN) portal. 
 
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If you have a question about UEN, visit the UEN portal to check with Ask Ada today. 
18 Feb 2021
What is UEN?

UEN is the standard identification number of an entity. UEN shall be for registered entities as NRIC is for Singapore citizens. The UEN uniquely identifies the entity.


How does UEN benefit me?

Your UEN is your one number for convenient interaction with government agencies. Whether it is filing your corporate tax returns or applying for import and export permit, you will no longer need to use different numbers to interact with different government agencies. Your UEN will be all that you need.



Who will get UEN?

UEN will be issued to entities (such as businesses, local companies, LLPs, societies and representative offices) that


  • have multiple interactions with government agencies
  • are recognised by a UEN Issuance Agency (e.g. ACRA, ROS)


A list of entity-types that will be issued with UEN and their corresponding UEN Issuance Agencies is available below.


UEN will NOT be issued to:

  • Individuals

        They will interact with government agencies using their NRIC numbers

  • Entities that have no or only one-off interactions with just one government agency

        E.g. overseas company that sells products to government agencies on a one-off basis

  • Sub-entities such as branches and divisions of an entity

However, some government agencies may choose to add sub-entity codes to UEN in their systems if they need to identify and interact with branches and divisions.



Who will issue UEN to me?

Businesses and local companies currently registered with ACRA will retain their ACRA Registration Number as their UEN. Other than business and local registered companies, all other registered entities will be issued with a new UEN.


The table below describes the three UEN formats.



Issued To

UEN Format

Description

A

Businesses registered with ACRA1

nnnnnnnnX
(9 digits)

'n' = a number
'P'= a alphabetical letter
'Q' = an alpha-numeric digit
'PQ' = Entity-type 2
'Tyy' / 'Syy' / 'yyyy'= year of issuance 3
'X' = a check alphabet

For example, the UEN for a limited liability partnership (LLP) formed on 1 January 2009 could be 'T09LL0001B'.

B

Local companies registered with ACRA1

yyyynnnnnX
(10 digits)

C

All other entities which will be issued new UEN

TyyPQnnnnX
(10 digits)

1 No change from existing ACRA Registration Number
2 E.g. 'LL'= 'Limited Liability Partnership'
3 'T' represents '20', 'S' represents '19' and 'R' represents '18'. E.g. T08 means year 2008, S99 means year 1999 and R00 means year 1800



The following agencies will issue UENs to the entity-types listed below.


Issuance Agency

Entity-Type

Entity-Type Indicator (PQ) *

Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)

Limited Partnership
Limited Liability Partnerships
Foreign Companies
Public Accounting Firms

LP
LL
FC
PF

Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

Representative Offices of:
- Foreign Companies,
- Foreign Government Agencies
- Foreign Trade Associations/Chambers/Non-Profit Organisations

RF

Islamic Religious Council of Singapore
Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Muis)

Mosques
Madrasahs

MQ
MM

Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI)

News Bureaus

NB

Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth - Charities Unit

Charities and Institutions of a Public Character

CC

Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth - Registry of Co-operative Societies

Cooperative Societies

CS

Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth - Registry of Mutual Benefit Organisation

Mutual Benefit Organisations

MB

Ministry of Defence (Mindef)

Foreign Military Units

FM

Ministry of Education (MOE)

Government and Government-Aided Schools

GS

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

High Commissions, Embassies
Consulate
International Organisations (registered with MFA)

DP
CP
NR

Ministry of Health (MOH)

Healthcare Institutions and Clinics
- Only Medical Clinic
- Only Dental Clinic
- Both Medical and Dental Clinic
- Hospitals
- Voluntary Welfare Home
- Commercial Home
- Maternity Home
- Clinical Laboratory
- Xray Laboratory
- Both Clinical and Xray Laboratory      


CM
CD
MD
HS
VH
CH
MH
CL
XL
CX

Ministry of Law (MLAW)

Foreign Law Practice Representative Offices

RP

Ministry of Manpower (MOM)

Trade Unions

TU

Ministry of National Development (MND)

Town Councils

TC

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Financial Representative Offices
- Bank Representative Offices
- Insurance Representative Offices


FB
FN

People's Association (PA)

PA Services
Grassroot Units

PA
PB

Registry of Societies (ROS)

Societies

SS

Singapore Land Authority ( SLA)

Management Corporations
Subsidiary Management Corporations

MC
SM

Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO)

Government Agencies and bodies performing public duties
- Organs of State, Ministries and Departments
- Statutory Boards and bodies performing public duties


GA
GB


* The UEN format has an entity-type indicator(PQ) built into the identification number. For example, "LL" = "LimitedLiability Partnership".