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What is a Certificate of Incorporation?

Last modified: February 11, 2021
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What is a Certificate of Incorporation?

A Certificate of Incorporation is a legal document that intimates that a company has been incorporated on the stated date. And complies with all the regulatory requirements for company incorporation and it has distinct legal identity from its owners. It is issued by the Company Registrar (ACRA) upon successful registration of the company in Singapore.


Information in the Certificate of Incorporation

This legal document contains:

  • Company name
  • Registration number or Unique Entity Number (UEN)
  • Incorporation date
  • Type of company
  • Former names of the company (if applicable)


Importance of Certificate of Incorporation

Companies need this document to get into any trading agreements, sign business contracts, or to transact with overseas governments or their agencies. It serves as proof of the existence and nature of the Singapore company. The public register of companies is available online. These registers simplify the due diligence of transacting parties.


Who Issues the Certificate of Incorporation in Singapore?

After successful company registration in Singapore, ACRA, the Company Registrar, emails an e-notification of incorporation to you.

If you need signed copies of this certificate, a registered filing agent like SBS Consulting can assist you with it. We log-on ACRA’s e-portal BizFile+ on your behalf and pay a fee of S$50 and download an electronically signed certificate (by ACRA).

A link to facilitate the download of certificate is provided in the email that you can find under “Messages” in BizFile+. ACRA also sends you an email with a link for downloading of the certificate.


Where to Obtain Certificate of Incorporation in Singapore?

If you need a hard copy of the certificate, our representative can collect it from the ACRA’s reception for you. You can also ask ACRA to send the hard copy to a specified address.

Obtaining Certificate of Incorporation is an essential step in the process to incorporate a company in Singapore. If you have any doubts about company incorporation, contact SBS Consulting on +65-6536 0036 or email us at info@sbsgroup.com.sg for more information.

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