Rules and Regulations

Laws Requiring Collection of NRIC Number by Organisations

This list provides a summary of common scenarios where private sector organisations may be required to collect an individual's NRIC or other national identification number under the law.

The list, including the links, below are updated as at 23 September 2019. An organisation is reminded to ensure compliance with the prevailing laws.

Note: This list (including the links to the relevant legislation) is not exhaustive and its content are for general reference only. The contents of the list are not intended to be an authoritative statement of the law or a substitute for legal advice. The PDPC makes no express or implied warranties of accuracy or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to the contents of the list. The PDPC, the Info-communications Media Development Authority and their respective members, officers, and employees shall not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission in this list or liable for any damage or loss of any kind as a result of any use of or reliance on this list. The PDPC reserves the right to modify, add to, derogate from or vary its position in respect of any legislation or regulations referred to in the list at any time in the PDPC's sole and absolute discretion without prior notice.

Secondhand Goods Dealers Rules (S551/2007)

A secondhand goods dealer is required to keep records of all sales and purchase transactions for at least 5 years from the end of the financial year that the transaction was performed. These records must include NRIC number, foreign identification number, passport number or business registration of the person purchasing or selling secondhand goods through the dealer.


Transaction records    

7.—(1)  For the purposes of section 10(1) of the Act, every secondhand goods dealer shall keep in his shop in the appropriate form records of the following particulars:

                (a) with respect to each of the secondhand goods purchased or sold by him —

                        (i) the date of the purchase or sale;

                        (ii) the description of the goods (including the brand, make and model, if any);

                        (iii) the serial number of the goods (if any) and, in the case of mobile phones, the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number;

                        (iv) the price at which he purchased or sold the goods;

                        (v) the estimated market or retail value of the goods; and

                        (vi) the source of the goods;


                (b) with respect to every person from whom he purchased or to whom he sold the secondhand goods —

                        (i) the person’s name;

                        (ii) the person’s identification number (such as NRIC number, foreign identification number, passport number or business registration number);

                        (iii) the person’s residential or business address;

                        (iv) the person’s nationality;

                        (v) the person’s gender; and

                        (vi) in the case of the holder of a foreign passport, the person’s date of birth;