Hong Kong Identity Cards

All Hong Kong residents aged 11 or over are required to register for an identity card, except those who are exempted or excluded. Here you can find information on Hong Kong identity cards, including how to apply for a new or replacement card, what to do if you need to apply for a certificate showing the particulars registered in your 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. The following link will take you to information on the features and benefits of the smart identity card, your obligations when you hold a smart identity card and where to find a list of frequently asked questions about the smart identity card.

Information on the smart identity card

Registration / Replacement of an Identity Card

All Hong Kong residents aged 11 years or over are required to register for an identity card. The following link will take you to information on registering for or replacing an identity card and the circumstances under which you will need to apply for a permanent identity card if you are abroad.

Registration / Replacement of an identity card

Lost / destroyed / damaged / defaced identity card or amendment of registered information

Lost / destroyed / damaged / defaced identity card

If your identity card has been lost, destroyed, damaged or defaced, you should apply for a replacement card at any Registration of Persons Office within 14 days.  Further information is available through the following link.

Application for replacement of identity card due to lost, destroyed, damaged or defaced

Amendment of Registered Particulars

If you need to amend the personal particulars on your identity card, you 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

Besides, you may sumbit the application form by e-mail at eto_rop@immd.gov.hk

When sending your application, you should enclose copies of your supporting documents. If your application is approved, arrangements will be made for you to replace your identity card at a Registration of Persons Office.

Form ROP 73: Application for Amendment of Registered Particulars of Hong Kong Identity Card

Fee

Application for Certificate of Registered Particulars or Certificate of Exemption

The following link will take you to information on what to do if you need to apply for a certificate showing the personal particulars registered in your identity card record or to apply for exemption from registering for an identity card due to old age, blindness or illness.

Application for Certificate of Registered Particulars or Certificate of Exemption

Online Appointment Booking for Identity Card Application

The appointment booking period for application of Hong Kong identity card at Registration of Persons Offices is 24 working days. Applicants are advised to make prior appointment before they come to our offices for services.

You can book an appointment online for an identity card application. The following link will take you to an overview of the service, including who can use it, how to use it and the supporting documents required.

Information on the Online Appointment Booking Service

Fee

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.

Fee

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 are available through the following link.

Information on where to apply 

Frequently Asked Questions

The following link will take you to frequently asked questions about Hong Kong identity cards, Certificate of Registered Particulars, Certificate of Exemption and the online appointment booking service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Form Downloads

Forms related to Hong Kong identity cards are downloadable through the following link.

Public forms