askST: Having problems signing up for SingPass 2FA? Here are some FAQs

SINGAPORE - If you have yet to sign up for SingPass' new two-factor authentication (2FA), fret not.

The original July 4 deadline has been extended, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), which administers SingPass, announced on Monday (July 4).

Users have one month - which will kick in once they log in for the first time from July 5 - to register and activate it. This means the one-month deadline is different for different users.

 

The 2FA feature, launched last July, uses a randomly generated one-time password (OTP) delivered via SMS or a OneKey token that looks like a mini-calculator. The OTP must be entered together with the usual SingPass requirements of a password and NRIC number to access e-government services.

For those who encounter problems signing up, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.

1. I didn't get the PIN mailer. What should I do?

The most common feedback on The Straits Times Facebook page is about the missing PIN mailer. Some people have reportedly asked for it multiple times.

The PIN must be entered together with one's NRIC number on the website of IDA's subsidiary Assurity Trusted Solutions, which supplies the 2FA system. Those with Singapore mobile numbers registered on the SingPass website can also activate their 2FA via SMS.

To receive the mailer, users must first update their mobile numbers and address on SingPass' website before requesting for it. The missing PIN mailer might have shown up at your old address if you have moved recently.

Even so, fret not. Users can still ask for a new PIN mailer. Simply send an SMS to 78111 from the registered mobile number with this message: Resend pin mailer(space)NRIC(space)Postal Code. The mailer will take up to seven days to arrive.

If still unsure, you can make enquiries at helpdesk@assurity.sg.

2. Is it compulsory to sign up?

No. It depends on whether you need e-government services.

Registering for 2FA is only for people who need to regularly transact on government websites, including filing their income tax returns and paying carpark fines.

The Central Provident Fund Board, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Manpower, and Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority are among the government agencies that require 2FA for sensitive transactions.

Even so, many physical counters have been set up islandwide - including at community centres - to help members of the public with their SingPass queries and 2FA registration problems.

Here are the 2FA counter locations. They are closed on public holidays.

Assurity Customer Care Centre @ PSA Building

PSA Building

460 Alexandra Road, #28-04

Singapore 119963

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8.30am-6pm

Assurity Customer Care Centre @ International Plaza

International Plaza

10 Anson Road, #06-19

Singapore 079903

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-6pm

IRAS Taxpayer Service Centre (available till July 30, 2016)

Revenue House

55 Newton Road

Singapore 307987

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm

ICA Building

ICA Building, 10 Kallang Rd

Singapore 208718

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-1pm

HDB Hub (available till Jul 29, 2016)

480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh

Atrium 2nd Storey (Counter 214)

Singapore 310480

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm

Bedok CC

850 New Upper Changi Road

Singapore 467352

Opening Hours: Wed-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat- Sun 9am-8pm

Sengkang CC

2 Sengkang Square #01-01

Singapore 545025

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 1pm-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm

Chong Pang CC

21 Yishun Ring Road

Singapore 768677

Opening Hours: Mon-Tue 1pm-9pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5:30pm

The Serangoon CC

10 Serangoon North Ave 2

Singapore 555877

Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 12pm-8pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-8pm

Gek Poh CC

1 Jurong West St 74

Singapore 649149

Opening Hours: Mon 1pm-9pm, Wed-Sat 1pm-9pm

3. I wasn't given the option of SMS for receiving the OTP. Why is that?

The sign-up process involves users updating their particulars on the SingPass website and then selecting either SMS or token as the medium for receiving the OTP.

Your mobile number must be registered on the SingPass website before the SMS option is given. A mobile number can be tied to only one individual. No sharing of mobile numbers is allowed.

Existing OneKey users may need to update their mobile numbers at www.onekey.sg too using their SingPass credentials.

4. Can existing OneKey users opt for SMS as the medium for receiving the SingPass OTP?

OneKey is already being used by 600,000 online investors and members of the National Trades Union Congress.

Existing users of OneKey can use the same token to access e-government services as part of the enhanced SingPass. They may also opt for SMS as the medium to receive their OTP by updating their mobile numbers at www.onekey.sg using their SingPass credentials.

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