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What is Unique Entity Number(UEN) in Singapore?

Last modified: December 11, 2020
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What is Unique Entity Number(UEN) in Singapore

When you successfully incorporate a company with ACRA, the agency sends an email to you. The email contains your company Incorporation Certificate and company details like UEN (Unique Entity Number).

As you can guess it, UEN uniquely identifies your Singapore company. It is important information for the investors who may want to invest in your company’s shares or for the lenders who may have asked for a loan for business expansion. You do not want them to confuse your company with some other company. Right?

 

How does UEN benefit me?

Singapore government is high on digitalisation. It has made many e-portals available for its citizens and companies to save time and efforts. If your company wants to interact with government authorities, you do it using these e-portals. UEN facilitates your online interaction with agencies.

UEN helps government agencies to identify you and facilitate the filing of your annual returns, corporate tax returns, or approving import and export permit for your company. If you have UEN, you do not need to use different numbers.

 

Different ID Numbers?

Today, business entities interact with agencies using multiple numbers issued to them by different agencies like ACRA, IRAS, CPFB, etc. You may be familiar with the following list:

  • Business registration number
  • Central registration number
  • Employer reference number
  • Tax reference number

Now, you get to initiate all the transactions with the government agencies with UEN.

 

Who will get UEN?

You will be issued with UEN, if your business, company, LLP, society and representative office,

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

 

Who will not get UEN:

  • Individuals have their NRIC numbers to initiate interaction with government agencies
  • Business entities that rarely transact with agencies
  • Sub-entities like Branch offices and divisions of an entity

 

Who will issue UEN to me?

ACRA registered businesses and companies will retain their ACRA Registration Number as their UEN. Other registered entities will get a new UEN.

There are three UEN formats that you may encounter. They are listed in the table below:


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

Source: https://www.uen.gov.sg/

Depending on your entity type, you need to check with the agencies listed in the table for your UEN.

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”.

Source: https://www.uen.gov.sg/

To reiterate, UEN (Unique Entity Number) is the standard identification number for your company. It is intended to streamline your interaction with government agencies in Singapore.

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