Application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes

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Before Applying

Place of Application: In Hong Kong

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Introduction

If you are a Hong Kong resident but not eligible for an HKSAR Passport, you may apply for the HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (Doc/I), which can serve as your travel document. The HKSAR Doc/I is valid for 7 years. 

Make you Travel Easier

The new HKSAR Electronic Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (e-Doc/I) introduced on 5 February 2007, is machine-readable to facilitate immigration clearance at foreign immigration control points that are equipped with machine-reading facilities. It is also embedded with a contactless chip that contains the holder’s personal data and photograph. It complies with the standard of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Eligibility

You are eligible for a Doc/I if you meet one of the following requirements:

(a) You are on limit of stay in the HKSAR and are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory;

(b) You are on unconditional stay but do not have the right of abode in the HKSAR, and are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory; or

(c) You are not of Chinese nationality who have the right of abode in the HKSAR and hold a permanent identity card of the region but are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.

Processing Time

The Immigration Department pledges to complete the processing of all local applications for HKSAR D/I in 10 working days (i.e. Monday to Friday, excluding General Holidays) after receiving all necessary documents, a photograph and the application fee. For applications submitted by post or via drop-in box, an extra 2 to 3 working days may be required for handling formalities. Whether this pledge can be met will also depend on the circumstances of your application and the number of applications received at a particular time. If you have any travel plans, please apply early.

Applying

Place of Application: In Hong Kong

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Means of Application

By post or through drop-in boxes

You can send your application by post using a self-addressed envelope (ID972) to:

Travel Document and Nationality (Application) Section
Immigration Department
4/F, Immigration Tower
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
Hong Kong

During office hours you may also deposit the application into the drop-in boxes provided at any Immigration Branch Offices or the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section.

If your previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, or you have to apply for an extension of stay at the same time, you must submit the application in person at any one of the Immigration Branch Offices [except the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section].

In person

If you are aged 16 or above, you may submit your application in person at any of the Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications [except the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section].

Children under the age of 16, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, may submit the application in person at any of the Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications [except the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section].

New Arrivals Holding Exit Permits for Proceeding to Hong Kong and Macao SAR (also known as One-way Permits)

You can submit your application in person at the Registration of Persons - Kowloon Office (3/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon) upon first registration for a Hong Kong identity card.

Children who are aged 11 or above but below 16 and hold One-way Permits must submit their applications in person together with a parent or legal guardian, when they first register for a Hong Kong identity card at the Registration of Persons - Kowloon Office.

Children under the age of 11, who have any travel plans, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, may submit the application in person at any of the Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications [except the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section].

List of Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications

To shorten your queuing time, please make an appointment booking through the Internet (www.gov.hk/tdbooking) or by phone (2598 0888) to submit your application.  Applicants who have not made an appointment booking will be served in accordance with the walk-in quota system, on first-come-first-served basis until the quota is full.

Online booking for travel document applications

Application Forms

Two types of forms for local applications. You can download the forms and the guidance note.

Alternatively, you can obtain the application forms at any of the Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications. You should complete the application forms in block letters in black or blue ink. Applications for children under 16 years of age must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Photograph Requirements

You must submit your application with a recent colour photograph with white background that conforms to the specifications set out in the photograph requirements guidelines accessible below.

Photograph requirements for HKSAR travel documents

Supporting Documents

An application with insufficient supporting documents will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant. Additional documents or information may be required if necessary. Providing the correct supporting documents will facilitate the processing of the application.

When submitting your application in person, you should bring along the original supporting documents. In the case of postal or drop-in applications, please submit photocopies of supporting documents on A4-size paper (i.e. 210mm X 297mm) along with the application form, photograph and cheque. Please note that all photocopies will not be returned.

Application for Persons Aged 16 or Above

Please provide the following documents together with your application:

(a) Your Hong Kong identity card;

(b) Documentary evidence of your legal residence in the HKSAR; and

(c) Your existing Doc/I if you are applying for a replacement. If your previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, you must complete Form ID 645 to explain the circumstances and apply in person for a replacement.

Details of previous Hong Kong Travel Document which has been lost / damaged / defaced / is not available (Form ID 645)

Additional Requirements for Applicants Aged 16 or 17

(d) Your parent or legal guardian should complete and sign section 6 of the application form (Form ID 437) to confirm his or her consent to your application;

(e) The consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel documents should be provided;

(f) Your birth certificate to prove the relationship between you and your parent, or a court order, if appropriate, to prove that the consenting legal guardian has custodial rights in respect of you; and

(g) If you are married, only your marriage certificate is required. Parental or legal guardian's consent and items (d) to (f) are not required.

Note: If you submit the application by post or via the drop-in box, you are required to provide photocopies of the documents listed above [not applicable to a replacement application, which must be submitted in person]. The original copies of such documents together with your previous Doc/I (if appropriate) must be produced upon collection of the new Doc/I.

Application for Children Aged under 16

Please provide the following documents together with the child's application:

(a) The child's Hong Kong identity card (if appropriate);

(b) The consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel documents;

(c) Documentary evidence of the child's legal residence in the HKSAR;

(d) The child's birth certificate to prove the relationship between the parent and the child, or a court order, if applicable, to prove that the legal guardian concerned has custodial rights in respect of the child;

(e) The child’s existing Doc/I if you are applying for a replacement. If your child's previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, you must complete Form ID 645 to explain the circumstances and apply in person for a replacement.

Details of previous Hong Kong Travel Document which has been lost / damaged / defaced / is not available (Form ID 645) 

Additional Requirements for Children Aged under 11

(f) The latest school document bearing the child's photograph authenticated by the school (e.g. student handbook or school record card bearing the child’s name, date of birth and photograph) or other proofs of identity are required. If a proof of identity is not available, a completed Form for Countersignature (ID641) together with a photocopy of the Hong Kong identity card or valid travel document of the person countersigning the form will be required.

Form for Countersignature (Form ID 641)

Note: If you submit your child's application by post or via drop-in box, you are required to provide photocopies of the documents listed above [not applicable to a replacement application, which must be submitted in person]. The original copies of such documents together with your child's previous Doc/I (if appropriate) must be produced upon collection of the new Doc/I.

Fee

For applications submitted in person, you can pay the necessary application fee in cash, by EPS or by crossed cheque payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". If you submit your application by post or through a drop-in box, please enclose a crossed cheque. Post-dated cheques will not be accepted.

Fee

After Applying

Place of Application: In Hong Kong

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Collection of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes for Application Submitted by Post or via Drop-in Box

For persons aged 16 or above

Upon receiving your Doc/I application, the Immigration Department will mail you a notification of the date and office for the collection of your Doc/I. You must collect your Doc/I in person and bring along the originals of the supporting documents for verification.

If you are requesting a replacement Doc/I, the previous Doc/I should be produced for cancellation upon collection of your new Doc/I.

For children aged below 16

Upon receiving your child's Doc/I application, the Immigration Department will mail you a notification of the date and office for the collection of your child's Doc/I. Your child must attend in person and be accompanied by you or your representative. In the latter case, authorisation must be provided in writing on the authorisation form (ID 678), stating the representative's full name and Hong Kong identity card number. The authorised person must be over 18 years of age and must produce his or her Hong Kong identity card for identification. The signature on the authorisation form (ID 678) must be the same as that signed on the application form. The acceptance of your authorisation does not preclude the possibility that you may be required to attend in person. You or your representative will have to produce the originals of the supporting documents for verification.

If you are requesting a replacement Doc/I for your child, the child's previous Doc/I should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new Doc/I.

On the collection day, please present the Collection Notice issued by Hong Kong Immigration Department at the Reception Counter or Self-service Tag Kiosk installed at the office for a tag for collecting your / your child's Doc/I. To shorten your queuing time, please make an appointment booking through the Internet (www.gov.hk/tdbooking) or by phone (2598 0888) to collect your / your child's Doc/I. Applicants who have not made an appointment booking will be served in accordance with the walk-in quota system, on first-come-first-served basis until the quota is full.

Collection of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes for Application Submitted in Person

When you submit your Doc/I application in person, you will be given a receipt notifying you of the date and office for the collection of your / your child's Doc/I. You can collect the Doc/I in person or authorise a representative to do so on your / your child's behalf.

Authorisation for Doc/I collection

You should authorise someone close to you to be your representative to collect your / your child's Doc/I. The authorised person must be over 18 years of age, he or she must produce Hong Kong identity card and authorisation in writing on the authorisation form (ID 678), stating his or her full name and Hong Kong identity card number. The signature on the authorisation form (ID 678) must be the same as that signed on the application form. The acceptance of your authorisation does not preclude the possibility that you may be required to attend in person.

Your representative must produce the originals of the supporting documents for verification. He or she will also have to produce the receipt notifying you of the date and office for the collection of Doc/I as well as your / your child's previous Doc/I for cancellation.

On the collection day, please present the Collection Notice issued by Hong Kong Immigration Department at the Reception Counter or Self-service Tag Kiosk installed at the office for a tag for collecting your / your child's Doc/I. To shorten your queuing time, please make an appointment booking through the Internet (www.gov.hk/tdbooking) or by phone (2598 0888) to collect your / your child's Doc/I. Applicants who have not made an appointment booking will be served in accordance with the walk-in quota system, on first-come-first-served basis until the quota is full.

Before Applying

Place of Application: Outside Hong Kong

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Introduction

You cannot travel to another country without a valid travel document. If you are a Hong Kong resident but not eligible for an HKSAR Passport, you may apply for the HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (Doc/I), which can serve as your travel document. The HKSAR Doc/I is valid for 7 years. 

Make you Travel Easier

The new HKSAR Electronic Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (e-Doc/I) introduced on 5 February 2007, is machine-readable to facilitate immigration clearance at foreign immigration control points that are equipped with machine-reading facilities. It is also embedded with a contactless chip that contains the holder’s personal data and photograph. It complies with the standard of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Eligibility

You are eligible for a Doc/I if you meet one of the following requirements:

(a) You are on limit of stay in the HKSAR and are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory;

(b) You are on unconditional stay but do not have the right of abode in the HKSAR, and are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory; or

(c) You are not of Chinese nationality who have the right of abode in the HKSAR and hold a permanent identity card of the region but are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.

Processing Time

The processing of your Doc/I application from overseas will normally take 4 to 6 weeks after all necessary documents, the photograph and application fee have been received. This does not include the time for forwarding the application and dispatching the prepared Doc/I.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1.  Am I eligible for a HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes?

HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes are issued to the following Hong Kong residents:

  • Persons who are on limit of stay in the HKSAR and are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.
  • Persons who are on unconditional stay but do not have the right of abode in the HKSAR, and are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.
  • Persons not of Chinese nationality who have the right of abode in the HKSAR and hold a permanent identity card of the region, but are unable to obtain a national passport or a travel document of any other country or territory.

Q2. How many types of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes are issued?

There are two types of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, which are valid for 7 years:

  • Standard size 44 pages
  • Jumbo size 92 pages

Applying

Place of Application: Outside Hong Kong

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Means of Application

Through Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

You can submit your application by post or in person to the nearest Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions, and it will then be forwarded to the Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section of the Immigration Department of the HKSAR for processing. The Doc/I will be sent back to the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions for issue.

By post to the Immigration Department in Hong Kong

Alternatively, you can send your application by post to:

Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section
Hong Kong Immigration Department
4/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai,
Hong Kong

Please note that this option will require you to present the originals of the supporting documents and collect your Doc/I in person at the Travel Documents (Issue) Section of the Immigration Department of the HKSAR.

Application Forms

There are two types of forms for overseas Doc/I applications. You can download the application forms and the guidance notes.

You can also obtain these application forms from the Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions in your country of residence or HKSAR Immigration Branch Offices.

List of Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

List of Immigration Branch Offices for travel document applications

You should complete the application form in block letters in black or blue ink. Applications for children aged under 16 must be signed by their parents or legal guardians.

Photograph Requirements

You must submit your application with three recent colour photographs with white backgrounds that conform to the specifications set out in the photograph requirements guidelines accessible below.

Photograph requirements for HKSAR travel documents

Supporting Documents

An application with insufficient supporting documents required will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant. Additional documents or information may be required if necessary. You should provide photocopies of the supporting documents on A4-size paper (i.e. 210 mm X 297 mm). Please note that all photocopies will not be returned.

Application for Persons Aged 16 or Above

Along with your application form, photograph and payment, you should include:

(a) A copy of your Hong Kong identity card (only the side with your personal particulars and photograph); and

(b) A copy of documentary evidence of your legal residence in the HKSAR. 

Additional Requirements for Applicants Aged 16 or 17

(c) Your parent or legal guardian should complete and sign section 6 of the application form (Form ID437) to confirm his or her consent to your application;

(d) A copy of consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel documents;

(e) A copy of your birth certificate to prove the relationship between you and your parent, or a court order, if appropriate, to prove that the consenting legal guardian has custodial rights in respect of you; and

(f) If you are married, only your marriage certificate is required. Parental or legal guardian's consent and items (c) to (e) are not required.

Note: You should produce the original copies of such documents together with your previous Doc/I (if appropriate) upon collection of your Doc/I. If your previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, you must write to explain the circumstances in Form ID645. An acknowledgement from the police authorities about the loss of the previous Doc/I should be produced.

Application for Children Aged under 16

Along with your child's application form, photograph and payment, you should include:

(a) A copy of your child's Hong Kong identity card if appropriate (only the side with your personal particulars and photograph);

(b) A copy of the consenting parent or legal guardian's Hong Kong identity card or valid travel documents;

(c) A copy of documentary evidence of your child's legal residence in the HKSAR; and

(d) A copy of your child's birth certificate to prove the relationship between the parent and the child, or a court order, if appropriate, to prove that the consenting legal guardian has custodial rights in respect of the child.

Additional Requirements for Children Aged under 11

(e) A copy of the latest school document bearing the child's photograph authenticated by the school (e.g. student handbook or school record card bearing the child’s name, date of birth and photograph) or any other proof of identity. If proof of identity is not available, a completed Form for Countersignature (ID641) together with a photocopy of the identity card or valid travel document of the person countersigning the form will be required.

Form for Countersignature (Form ID 641)

Note: You should produce the original copies of such documents together with the pervious Doc/I upon collection of your Doc/I. If your child's previous Doc/I has been lost, damaged or is not available, you must write to explain the circumstances in Form ID645. An acknowledgement from the police authorities about the loss of the previous Doc/I should be produced

Fee

You should submit your application with a completed fee payment form (ID 856) and a crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to ”The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region“ in Hong Kong dollars or US dollars. Please do not send cash with your application.

Fee payment form for HKSAR Doc/I (Form ID 856)

Fee

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What are the photograph requirements for the application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes?

You must submit your application with three recent colour photographs with white backgrounds that conform to the specifications set out in the photograph requirements guidelines accessible below.

Photograph requirements for HKSAR travel documents

Q2.  How can I pay the application fee?

You should submit your application with a completed fee payment form (ID 856) and a crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to ”The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region“ in Hong Kong dollars or US dollars. Please do not send cash with your application.

Fee payment form (Form ID 856) for HKSAR Doc/I

Fees for HKSAR Doc/I

Q3. What is the processing time for the application for HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes?

The processing of your Doc/I application from overseas will normally take 4 to 6 weeks after all necessary documents, the photograph and application fee have been received. This does not include the time for forwarding the application and dispatching the prepared Doc/I.

Q4. What should I do if I lost my HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes while travelling abroad?

If you lost your HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes while travelling abroad, you should immediately report the loss to the local police and request a copy of the police report. With the documentary proof of the loss, you may contact the Chinese diplomatic and consular mission in that country and request for replacement of travel document. You may also contact the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the Immigration Department through the 24-hour hotline (852) 1868 for assistance. The Immigration Department will provide you with information and assistance regarding the processing of travel document.

Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

Guide to Consular Protection and Services Outside Chinese Territory

After Applying

Place of Application: Outside Hong Kong

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Collection of HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes

Submitted Through Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

If you submit your or your child's application through Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions overseas, the Doc/I will be delivered to that Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions by double registered airmail or express dispatch service. You or your child is required to collect the Doc/I in person and produce the originals of the supporting documents for verification. For a child's application, the child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The availability of mail service varies by country.

Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions

You should produce your or your child's previous Doc/I for cancellation if you or your child is applying for a replacement.

Submitted Directly to the Immigration Department

If you submit your or your child's application by mail to the Immigration Department from overseas, the Department will mail you a notification of the date and office for the collection of the Doc/I. You or your child will have to collect the Doc/I in person at the Travel Documents (Issue) Section of the Immigration Department and produce the originals of the supporting documents for verification.

For your child's application, your child must be accompanied by you or your representative to collect the Doc/I. In the latter case, authorisation must be given in writing on an authorisation form (Form ID 678). The authorised person must be at least 18 years of age and must produce his or her valid proof of identity, e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit for identification. The signature on the authorisation form must be the same as that of the applicant on the application form. The acceptance of your authorisation does not preclude the possibility that you may be required to attend in person.

Authorisation form for the collection of travel document (ID 678)

Your representative must produce the originals of the supporting documents for verification. He or she will also have to produce the collection notice. If you or your child is requesting a replacement Doc/I, the previous Doc/I should be produced for cancellation upon collection of the new Doc/I.

On the collection day, please present the Collection Notice issued by Hong Kong Immigration Department at the Reception Counter or Self-service Tag Kiosk installed at the office for a tag for collecting your or your child's Doc/I. To shorten your queuing time, please make an appointment booking through the Internet (www.gov.hk/tdbooking) or by phone (2598 0888) to collect your or your child new Doc/I.  Applicants who have not made an appointment booking will be served in accordance with the walk-in quota system, on first-come-first-served basis until the quota is full.

Online Appointment Booking for Collection of HKSAR Passport or Document of Identity for Visa Purposes