All Hong Kong residents aged 11 or over are required to register for an identity card, except those who are exempted or excluded. This webpage sets out information on Hong Kong identity cards, including how to apply for a new or replacement card; how to apply for a certificate showing the particulars registered in the applicant’s identity card; how to apply for exemption from registering for an identity card; how to make an appointment booking for identity card application and where to go for further information.
The Smart Identity Card
Hong Kong identity cards are issued in the form of smart cards. Information on the features and benefits of the smart identity card, obligations for the holder of a smart identity card and a list of frequently asked questions about the smart identity card are available through the following link.
Registration / Replacement of an Identity Card
All Hong Kong residents aged 11 years or over are required to register for an identity card. Information on registering for or replacing an identity card and the circumstances under which a person living abroad will need to apply for a permanent identity card are available through the following link.
Lost / destroyed / damaged / defaced identity card or amendment of registered particulars
Lost / destroyed / damaged / defaced identity card
If an identity card has been lost, destroyed, damaged or defaced, the person concerned should apply for a replacement card at any Registration of Persons Office within 14 days. Further information is available through the following link.
Amendment of Registered Particulars
Any person who needs to amend the personal particulars on his/her identity card should complete the application form available through the link below and post it to:
Registration of Persons General and Statistics Unit
12/F, Immigration Tower
7 Gloucester Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Underpaid mail items will not be accepted by the Immigration Department. For proper delivery of your mail items, please ensure your mail items bear sufficient postage with return address before posting.(Details)
Besides, he/she may submit the application form by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon submission of the application form, the applicant should enclose copies of the supporting documents. If the application is approved, arrangements will be made for the applicant to replace his/her identity card at a Registration of Persons Office.
Application for Certificate of Registered Particulars or Certificate of Exemption
Information on how to apply for a certificate showing the personal particulars registered in the applicant’s identity card record or how to apply for exemption from registering for an identity card due to old age, blindness or illness is available through the following link.
Online Appointment Booking for Identity Card Application
The appointment booking period for application for a Hong Kong identity card at the Registration of Persons Offices is 24 working days. Applicants are advised to make prior appointment before they come to the offices for services.
Applicants can book an appointment online for an identity card application. An overview of the service, including who can use it, how to use it and the supporting documents required is available through the following link.
No fees are payable for identity card registrations for new arrivals and people reaching the age of 11 or 18, and for Certificates of Exemption. However, fees are charged for the replacement of identity cards and for Certificates of Registered Particulars. Further information is available through the following link.
Where to Apply
Applications for identity cards may be made at any one of the five Registration of Persons Offices. Information on the locations of these offices, their opening hours and telephone numbers is available through the following link.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about Hong Kong identity cards, Certificate of Registered Particulars, Certificate of Exemption and the online appointment booking service are available through the following link.
Forms related to Hong Kong identity cards are downloadable through the following link.