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Last Updated: 18 October 2021

Change of school name

You will need to get our approval if you are changing your school's name. Learn about the considerations that you should make and the approval process.

Considerations for school name

You will need to take note of the following when thinking about a change of school name:

  • The name proposed should reflect the curriculum and type of courses to be offered by the school. For example, a language school named “—— Language School'.
  • Words such as ‘Singapore’, ‘National’, etc. should not be used as that would indicate ownership and links with the government.
  • If abbreviations are used in the proposed name, please state what they stand for.
  • The name of the school should be the name of the ACRA entity. For example, “ABC Tuition Centre' for sole-proprietorship and partnership business, and “ABC Tuition Centre Pte Ltd' for companies.

We reserve the right to refuse registration of any name proposed for a school which is deemed unsuitable or misleading.

TipYou are advised to submit your proposed school name to us at moe_pss@moe.gov.sg before making the change with ACRA. Please include the current school name, the proposed school name and the reasons for the change in your email.

How to get approval

You will need to get our approval for your school’s change of name online via GoBusiness Licensing.

Follow these steps when registering:

  1. Select “amend existing licence” under the “licence application” menu.
  2. Choose “Ministry of Education” as the government agency.
You do not need to submit any documents online. Submit them via courier or postal mail after completing the online registration.

For technical assistance in GoBusiness Licensing, you can contact their helpdesk through:

Email: licences-helpdesk@crimsonlogic.com.sg
Tel: +65 6774 1430
Operation hours:
  • From 8am to 8pm on Mondays to Fridays
  • From 8am to 2pm on Saturdays

Documents required

  1. Original hand-signed hardcopy note from owners (if sole-proprietorship) or partners (if ownership is a partnership business or a limited liability partnership) or Directors’ Resolution (if ownership of school is a company) on the change of school name.
  2. Latest BizFILE printout from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).
  3. Original Certificate of Registration of School and Classroom Accommodation Certificates.

The documents will be processed within 14 days upon our acceptance of the documents. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will delay the processing time.

How to submit your documents

Mail the documents to:

Private Schools Section

MOE HQ, Level 9

1 North Buona Vista Drive

Singapore 138675

Indicate the name of your school, online application ID, date and specify “Change of school name”.

After you submit your documents

If your documents are satisfactory, you will be notified of the approval through email or SMS. Or, you can check through GoBusiness Licensing.

You should pay the registration fee to GoBusiness Licensing within 60 days upon licence approval. If no payment is received after 60 days, your application will be considered withdrawn and you will have to apply again.

You will receive the relevant certificates after all registration and administrative procedures have been successfully completed.