What to Know about ACRA - Singapore Company Registrar


Whether you have a business or plan to incorporate your first company, you must understand that companies worldwide are subject to regulations. Every country has a body tasked with registering, overseeing, and monitoring the activities of the companies in the country. In Singapore, the responsible government body for this is Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).

If you are planning to incorporate your company in Singapore, you likely will have questions about ACRA. In this article, we have combined the most common frequently asked questions about this regulatory authority and provided answers.

You are also invited to read our comprehensive article should you seek further insights into other Singapore government agencies that play a pivotal role in regulating your Singapore business activities.


What is ACRA?

ACRA stands for the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority. It is similar to the registrar of companies that you might have in your country.

ACRA Singapore registers new businesses, maintains corporate records and business profiles, and ensures that entities close down correctly, as any other registrar of companies in another country would do. However, unlike other registrars, ACRA is also responsible for monitoring ongoing businesses and their financial reporting.

ACRA’s mission is to ensure that Singapore is a trusted and attractive place for businesses to thrive and flourish. Therefore, as a business owner, you should understand the benefits that ACRA provides.

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What is ACRA BizFile and BizFile+?

BizFile is an online filing and information portal which used to provide various electronic services to Singapore businesses. It was replaced by BizFile+ — its upgraded version — introduced in 2016 to handle a more significant number of services and improve the processing time.

ACRA BizFile+ offers more than 300 online services. Those services include submitting statutory documents, retrieving and purchasing information about business entities, choosing a company name, making necessary changes to a company’s corporate structure, receiving annual returns, etc.

How Can I Check if a Company Is Registered with ACRA?

Using a free ACRA company search, you can check if a company is registered with the corporate regulatory authority. First, enter the name or registration number of the company you'd like to review, then click 'Search'. After this, you can view information about the registered company.

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Can Foreigners Self-Register a Company with ACRA?

No, this is not possible at the moment. As we noted earlier, for company registration, you need to log in to BizFile+ using SingPass. And foreigners cannot receive a SingPass. So those foreigners who wish to start a company in Singapore need to work with a corporate service provider who can access ACRA BizFile+ on their behalf.
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What Documents Does ACRA Issue Upon Company Registration?

If your registration is successful, ACRA will send an official email confirming the company's incorporation. The email notification will include Unique Entity Number (UEN) and is treated as the official certificate of incorporation in Singapore.

A paper copy of the certificate is no longer issued with incorporation as it is not needed in Singapore. However, if a print copy is preferred, you can make an online request on BizFile+ after the company's incorporation.

Who Сan Access ACRA?

General information can be accessed by anyone on ACRA. However, in order to register a company in Singapore, you need to log in to the BizFile+ portal using your Singapore Personal Access Password (SingPass). It is a digital ID in Singapore that is granted to Singapore citizens, residents, and some work pass holders.

Can I Сheck Сompany Compliance Status in ACRA?

You can do so by logging in with BizFile+ and purchasing Corporate Compliance and Financial Profile (CCFP). It is a PDF report that provides information on the business's compliance with the Companies Act and its financial health. However, CCFP is only available for purchase if accounts are filed in XBRL.

What Are the ACRA Filing Requirements?

The Singapore Companies Act requires all companies to file an Annual Return with ACRA within 30 days of holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM). Annual Returns include the company's financial statements and the latest information about the company, such as the details of company directors and shareholders.

Does ACRA Have the Power to Enforce Compliance?

A company has to comply with several obligations, including providing timely and accurate financial information, notifying ACRA about changes to the company’s data, and filing Annual Returns.

If ACRA suspects a breach has been committed, it might start an investigation. If the investigation confirms a breach, depending on its nature ACRA can do the following: issue a warning, strike off the company, disqualify the director, issue a fine or even prosecute the company in court in some difficult cases.

So it is essential to comply with ACRA requirements. Our online portal can help ensure this compliance. It will automatically remind you of upcoming filing obligations, and our team will proactively handle the filing tasks for your company, to make compliance smooth and worry-free for you.

Is Company Information in ACRA Available to the Public?

Some basic information about the company, such as its name, address, and activities, is available online for everyone to see. However, if you want to find out more details on a company, you must purchase a Business Profile in ACRA.

What Is ACRA Business Profile?

The Business Profile is a PDF extract from ACRA containing your company’s information such as UEN, date of incorporation, principal activities, shareholder’s details and paid-up capital. It is usually used to verify the company’s data.

To obtain it from ACRA, you must make a request online and purchase it.

How to Notify ACRA About Changes to My Company?

ACRA considers it essential that information on the company registers be kept up-to-date. Therefore the incorporated companies must keep ACRA informed about a change of company name, business activities, new appointments or removal of a company director or secretary etc.

To notify ACRA, you must log in to your company account in BizFile+ and submit an online form specifying the changes. If you fail to notify ACRA within 14 days of the change date, a penalty may be imposed by ACRA. Therefore, a good corporate service provider is needed to help you to keep ACRA updated so you do not have anything to worry about.

How Can We Help?

Singapore is one of the best places to operate a business. One of the reasons for this is ACRA and its portal BizFile+.

Сontact us if you have any additional questions about ACRA or if you require assistance with incorporation or managing a company in Singapore. Our team will gladly assist you.

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