Change of School Name

Private school operators are to read thoroughly the Step-by-Step Guide for application to update on the change of school name online as attached below (Guide is correct as at 30 June 2006):

Download the guide for Change of School Name (1.4mb .doc).

Private schools shall update through the Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS) for its change of school name. Please ensure the following items are carried out before logging on to the online application:

Note: You are advised to submit your proposed school name to us at prior to making the change with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). For our easy reference, you may wish to include the current school name, the proposed school name and the reason(s) for the change in the e-mail.

Name of School

If abbreviations are used in the name proposed, please state what the abbreviations stand for.

References such as Academy, College, or Institute in a name would be considered provided the proposed school is indeed such an institution in terms of physical size, e.g. having 20 classrooms or more and capable of accommodating more than 500 students at any one time; that it adopts a post-secondary/college-level curriculum, etc.

The name proposed ought to reflect the curriculum and type of courses to be offered by the proposed school (e.g. language school named as ”—— Language School”).

Words such as ‘Singapore’, ‘National’, etc. would indicate ownership, links with Government. Hence, private schools should not be so named/styled, e.g. “Singapore———————”, “National———————”, etc.

Where the proposed school is/will be registered as a sole-proprietorship/partnership business with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), both the name of the school and the business has to be similar.

MOE reserves the right to refuse registration of any name proposed for a school, which is deemed unsuitable or misleading. For clarification on proposed school name, you are advised to consult the Private Schools Section prior to registration with ACRA. You may email your queries to

Online Submission

Please select “Certificate of Registration of School – Private School – Change of School Name” when seeking application via OBLS.

A complete application with all the necessary documents will be processed within 2 weeks. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will result in a delay of processing time.

Upon approval of the application in OBLS and the successful completion of all necessary administrative procedures (including payment of registration fees to OBLS), the relevant certificate(s) will be issued by MOE. Payment of registration fee to OBLS should be made within the grace period of 90 days upon approval. After 90 days, if no payment is received, your application will be deemed withdrawn voluntarily by you. You will then need to reapply.

For technical assistance in OBLS, you may contact OBLS Helpline at 6898 1595 or e-mail

Supporting Documents

Please prepare the following supporting documents prior to logging online:

  1. Note from Partners (if ownership of school 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. Updated ACRA Information Print-out
  3. Original Certificate of Registration of School and Classroom Accommodation Certificates (to submit off-line only).

    [If you have misplaced/lost the original school certificate, please provide us with a Statutory Declaration (SD) on the lost document. You may obtain the SD from a Commissioner of Oaths.]

For supporting document number 1 and 2, you may either attach them online, mail or fax (6776 8604) them to us. However, for supporting document number 3, please mail them to:

Ministry of Education
Private Schools Section
1 North Buona Vista Drive
Singapore 138683

If you are mailing or faxing to us, please indicate your school name, online application ID, date of submission and specify “Change of School Name”.