How to Check a CPF

The Central Provident Fund, also known as CPF, is a mandatory Singapore government social retirement service similar to the United States Social Security program. The CPF originated in 1955, a decade after the occupying Japanese forces left the nation-state. Singaporeans contribute to the plan and those contributions gain interest, yielding payments to beneficiaries when they retire. The CPF maintains a website that provides access to individual account information including balance and contribution history.

Navigate to the Central Provident Fund Board's website (see Resources).

Select "Request a SingPass" under the "Select an Option" drop-down tab on the left side of the page.

Click on "Online Application" under "Apply SingPass" on the left side of the page.

Read the instructions and click the "Submit Request" tab.

Check the box at the bottom of the page to indicate that you have read the "Important Notes" and agreed to the terms of use and click the "Next" button.

Input your full name and SingPass ID number, along with the number's date of issue. Click "Submit" to receive your SingPass by mail or at a local branch location.

Navigate to the Central Provident Fund Board's website (see Resources). Log in to the system and create a password. Log in to your account using your new SingPass number and password.

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Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.