Licensing for Payment Service Providers

Find out what documents to prepare when applying for a payment service provider licence, and when a licence stops being valid.

How to Apply

Before you apply for a payment service provider licence, you should:

 

Should you require further guidance on the applicable licensing requirements for your business model, you may seek legal advice. If you are unsure of who to approach, you may consider participating in the Payments Regulatory Evaluation Programme (“PREP”) . This is not mandatory and MAS does not endorse any of the service providers under PREP. More information on PREP is available on the Singapore Academy of Law’s website.

 

Apply for a Licence

Once you have determined the type of licence required for your business, please submit the application online . For assistance, please refer to the Help section. 

What You Will Need

You should prepare the following documents according to the application checklist before you apply:

  • A copy of your business profile as filed with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)  of Singapore.
    • The document should be dated within 30 days of the date of application.
  • Scanned copies of your audited financial statements and the audited consolidated financial statements of the group for the past 3 years, where applicable.
    • If you or the group has yet to undergo an independent audit, you will have to attach the unaudited financial statements.
  • A copy of your organisation chart, including the compliance function.
  • A copy of your shareholding chart, including all controlling interests.
  • Your business plan that illustrates compliance with the PS Act as well as other relevant legislation.
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) policies & procedures, enterprise-wide risk assessment and implementation plans that illustrate your compliance with the relevant Notices on Prevention of Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism [PSN01] and [PSN02]
    • You should include the name and curriculum vitae (CV) of the AML/CFT compliance officer (if different from the designated compliance officer).
  • If you have corporate entities as shareholders: A copy of each shareholder's business profile dated within 30 days of the date of application.
  • If you have individuals as shareholders: Clear copy (both front and back) of Employment Pass/passport of the shareholder(s), if the individual is not a Singapore citizen or permanent resident.
  • If you are applying on behalf of a partnership, Singapore company, or corporations formed or incorporated outside Singapore: A copy of [Form 3] for each partner, director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with the required supporting documents.
  • If you are applying on behalf of a sole proprietorship: Supporting documents to demonstrate the sole proprietor's experience in payment services such as (but is not limited to) the latest CV of the sole proprietor.
    • You will also have to provide a copy of the the sole proprietor's Medisave liabilities and payment status. (Please use the CPF e-Service to check the status and provide a screenshot.)
  • If you are applying on behalf of a hotel: A copy of the hotel licence.

 

Application Fees

You are required to pay a non-refundable application fee. The amount of application fees you will have to pay depends on the payment services you are applying for.

The application fees are, in summary:

  • For a money-changing licence, S$500.
  • For a standard payment institution, S$1,000 or the sum of the amounts below for the payment services applied for, whichever is higher.
  • For a major payment institution, S$1,500 or the sum of the amounts below for the payment services applied for, whichever is higher.

Activity Type Standard Payment Institution Major Payment Institution
Account issuance service S$0 S$0
Domestic money transfer service S$1,000 S$1,500
Cross-border money transfer service   S$1,000 S$1,500
Merchant acquisition service  S$1,000 S$1,500
E-money issuance service  S$1,000 S$1,500
Digital payment token service  S$1,000 S$1,500
Money-changing service  S$500 S$500

Refer to the Schedule of the Payment Service Regulations (PSR) for more information about the fees.

Licence Issuance

Once your licence application is approved, MAS will inform you and issue your e-licence via email.

Your entity will also be listed on the MAS Financial Institutions Directory