Under the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act, a Licence is required to keep and use a press for the printing of documents.

FAQs on the Printing Press Licence can be found here (Select Licences and Fees -> Media -> Printing Press Licence).

Who is this for?

A printing press licence is required for operating a press to print documents such as pamphlets, maps, charts, newspapers and magazines in Singapore.


A licence is not required if the press is used for the printing of invoices, name cards, bill heads, letterheads or collaterals for a company’s own usage.


No fees are payable for a Printing Press Licence.

How to apply?

Only the director, partner or sole proprietor of the company operating the printing press can apply for a Licence.

The owner of the press must obtain prior permission for the use of the premises as a printing press from the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA) or any other relevant authority before applying for the Licence. A Printing Press Licence must be obtained prior to the commencement of business.

Please click here to apply for a printing press licence.


Processing timeframe

It typically takes 3 working days to process and issue a printing press licence. An incomplete or inaccurate submission may lengthen the processing timeframe. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early and to submit the required documents together with the applications.

Licence Conditions

The licence is not transferable. It will cease to be valid in the event of any change in the holder of the licence or location as specified in the licence. The licence holder must note that failure to comply with any of the conditions stipulated in their licence may result in the withdrawal of the licence. Please click here (10.36KB) for the list of licence conditions.


Please call 1800 478 5478 or email us.

Last updated on: 06 Apr 2021

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