What is Unique Entity Number (UEN) in Singapore?
Unique Entity Number (UEN) is a 9 or 10 digit identification number that is issued by the government in Singapore to all entities that operate within the country.
Businesses and local companies that are registered with ACRA will retain their ACRA registration number as their UEN. You will get your UEN upon incorporation.
Benefits of UEN
With a UEN, you can have a seamless interaction with government agencies. Be it filing your corporate tax returns or applying for import/export permits, you do not have to use various numbers to interact with different government agencies. The only number that you would need is your UEN.
Who will get a UEN?
After UEN was introduced in 2009, all entities that are registered in Singapore listed below need to have a UEN:
- Local companies
- Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
- Representative offices
- Healthcare institutions
- Trade unions
Do take note that your UEN is a permanent and unique number that cannot be changed if your business name changes. This unique number will also not be given to any other entity.
Who will be exempted from getting a UEN?
UEN will not be issued to the following:
- Foreign-based companies with no interaction with local government agencies
- Sub-entities of a Singapore company classified as a branch
How do I find out an entity’s UEN?
If you are looking for another company’s UEN that has been registered with ACRA, you can search for it via the directory search here. Upon searching, you will get to see the UEN, company name, UEN status, UEN issuance agency, entity type and partial address will appear on the website.
If the company is not registered with ACRA but other agencies (listed above), you can use the same directory search to find out more information.
Below are the 3 UEN formats listed:
Businesses registered with ACRA
Local companies registered with ACRA
All other entities which will be issued new UEN
‘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’.