Registration/Replacement of Hong Kong Identity Card

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Before Applying

Applications by People Aged 11 to 17

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Who is Required to Apply for Hong Kong Identity Card

Under the Registration of Persons Ordinance, all Hong Kong residents aged 11 or over (including those who have been permitted to stay in Hong Kong for more than 180 days) are required to register for an identity card, except those who are exempted or excluded. If you fall into one of the following categories, you are NOT required to apply for an identity card.

  1. Genuine travellers in transit through Hong Kong or persons who have been permitted to stay for not more than 180 days.
  2. Children aged under 11 of consuls, consular staff and the Head and members of the Office of the Commission of the European Communities in Hong Kong.
  3. Children aged under 11 (except for Hong Kong permanent residents who need to apply for permanent identity cards in connection with their applications for HKSAR passports).
  4. The aged, the blind and the infirm who have been exempted from registering for an identity card by the Commissioner of Registration.

Information on applying for exemption is available through the following link:
Application for Certificate of Exemption

Verification of Eligibility for Permanent Identity Card

Before you proceed to register for the issue of a permanent identity card, you will need to show that you are eligible for registration under the Registration of Persons Ordinance.  Information on verification of eligibility for permanent identity card is available through the following link:

Verification of Eligibility for Permanent Identity card

When to Apply for Hong Kong Identity Card

If you are a resident reaching the age of 11, you must register for an identity card within 30 days following your 11th birthday. If you are outside Hong Kong, you shall apply for one within 30 days of your return to Hong Kong.

If you are a new arrival aged 11 or over and have been permitted to stay in Hong Kong for more than 180 days, you must register for an identity card within 30 days of arrival.

If you hold a permanent identity card issued overseas in connection with a HKSAR passport issued abroad, you must apply for a new card within 30 days after returning to Hong Kong (except for persons under the age of 11).

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. 

Processing Time

The processing time for an identity card is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays).

Applying

Applications by People Aged 11 to 17

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Application Form

Application form is available through the following link:

Form ROP 2: Application by a person from the age of 11 to 17

Appointment Booking

The appointment booking period for application of Hong Kong identity card at Registration of Persons Offices is 24 working days.

Further information is available through the following link:

Online appointment booking

Alternatively, you can make an appointment booking through the 24-hour telephone appointment booking hotline 2598 0888.

Registration of Persons Office

You can apply to register for an identity card at any Registration of Persons Office, with the following exceptions:

  • If you are an entrant from the Mainland holding a One-way Permit, you must have your first registration for Hong Kong identity card at the Registration of Persons – Kowloon Office.

Registration of Persons Offices

Supporting Documents

You must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when submitting your application. The accompanying parent should produce his or her valid travel document, passport or Hong Kong identity card. If you are accompanied by your legal guardian, that guardian must produce his or her valid travel document, passport or Hong Kong identity card and documentary proof of legal guardianship.

If you were born in Hong Kong, you should produce originals of your:

  • Birth certificate.
  • Proof of identity (e.g. a valid travel document or passport) or the latest school document (bearing photo authenticated by the school. e.g. student handbook or school record card).
  • Identity card issued previously (if any).

If you were born outside Hong Kong, you should produce originals of your:

  • Birth certificate.
  • One-way Permit (applicable to new arrival from the Mainland holding One-way Permit only).
  • Valid travel document, passport, entry permit or affidavit showing your residential status in Hong Kong.
  • Identity card issued previously (if any).

Form ROP138: Documentary Requirements of Registration for Hong Kong Identity Cards

If you apply to replace a damaged or defaced card, you should produce your damaged or defaced identity card.

Application Process

When you arrive at a Registration of Persons Office, you and your parent or legal guardian should approach the reception counter to obtain a number tag and an application form. If you have made an appointment, you should produce an acknowledgement of the booking or inform the reception officer of your identity document number and the time slot you have booked. You should complete the application form carefully while waiting for an interview with a registration officer.

When your tag number is displayed on the plasma panel in the waiting area, you should proceed to the designated registration booth and hand in your application form, supporting documents and identity card (if any) to the registration officer. The registration officer will examine your eligibility for an identity card, scan your left and right thumbprints, and take your photo. You will then be asked to return to the waiting area to wait for an interview with an assessment officer.

When your tag number appears on the plasma panel again, you should proceed to the designated booth and hand in your application form, supporting documents and identity card (if any) to the assessment officer. The assessment officer will countercheck the data on the application form, confirm your eligibility for an identity card and scan your left and right thumbprints again. Your identity card issued previously (if any) will be collected and you will be issued with an acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

If you apply to replace your identity card, you will be issued with an acknowledgement of application for an identity card upon payment of a prescribed fee.

If you only hold an acknowledgement of application for an identity card and intend to travel, you are required under the law to produce a valid travel document, such as passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit at Hong Kong immigration control points.

Processing Time

The processing time for an identity card is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays).

Note

No fee is payable when you register for an identity card. However, you will need to pay for the replacement of an identity card due to loss, destruction, damage, defacement or alteration of personal particulars. 

After Applying

Applications by People Aged 11 to 17

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Collection of Identity Card

The processing time for an identity card is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays). Your parent or legal guardian can collect your identity card in person or authorise a representative to collect it on his or her behalf within the period specified on your acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

If you only hold an acknowledgement of application for an identity card and intend to travel, you are required under the law to produce a valid travel document, such as passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit, at Hong Kong immigration control points.

In Person

The parent or legal guardian who has applied on your behalf is expected to collect your new identity card in person on production of your acknowledgement of application for an identity card. If you also attend in person, you will be asked to place your left and right thumbs on a scanner to confirm that the chip of the new card functions properly and the personal data stored therein are correct.

By Authorised Representative

If your parent or legal guardian wants to authorise another person to collect your identity card, he or she should notify the registration officer at the time of application and complete an authorisation form (ID678), or give his or her authorisation in writing. Authorised representatives must have attained age 18 and should produce the following documents upon collection:

  • His or her valid proof of identity (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit).
  • Your acknowledgement of application for an identity card.
  • Your parent or legal guardian’s authorisation form (ID 678) or written authorisation and proof of his or her signature.

Form ID678: Authorisation for Collection of Identity Card/Travel Document

Confirmation process on immigration self-service kiosk

If you do not collect your identity card in person, you should, after obtaining your card from your parent, legal guardian or authorised representative, check the personal data stored in its ‘chip’ using a smart identity card reader installed at an immigration self-service kiosk. You must complete the confirmation process on your own following the on-screen instructions.

Locations of immigration self-service kiosks are available through the following links.

Before Applying

Applications by People Aged 18 or Over

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Who is Required to Apply for Hong Kong Identity Card

Under the Registration of Persons Ordinance, all Hong Kong residents aged 11 or over (including those who have been permitted to stay in Hong Kong for more than 180 days) are required to register for an identity card, except those who are exempted or excluded. If you fall into one of the following categories, you are NOT required to apply for an identity card.

  • Genuine travellers in transit through Hong Kong or persons who have been permitted to stay for not more than 180 days.
  • Children aged under 11 of consuls, consular staff and the Head and members of the Office of the Commission of the European Communities in Hong Kong.
  • Children aged under 11 (except for Hong Kong permanent residents who need to apply for permanent identity cards in connection with their applications for HKSAR passports).
  • The aged, the blind and the infirm who have been exempted from registering for an identity card by the Commissioner of Registration. Information on applying for exemption is available through the following link.

Application for Certificate of Exemption

Verification of Eligibility for Permanent Identity Card

Before you proceed to register for the issue of a permanent identity card, you will need to show that you are eligible for registration under the Registration of Persons Ordinance.  Information on verification of eligibility for permanent identity card is available through the following link.

Verification of Eligibility for Permanent Identity Card

When to Apply for Hong Kong Identity Card

If you hold a juvenile identity card issued between the ages of 11 and 17, you must apply for an adult identity card within 30 days following your 18th birthday. If you are outside Hong Kong, you shall apply for one within 30 days of your return to Hong Kong.

If you are a new arrival aged 18 or over and have been permitted to stay in Hong Kong for more than 180 days, you must register for an identity card within 30 days of arrival.

If you hold a permanent identity card issued overseas (in connection with a HKSAR passport issued abroad), you must apply for a new card within 30 days after returning to Hong Kong.

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.

Processing Time

The processing time for an identity card is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays).

Applying

Applications by People Aged 18 or Over

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Application Form

The application form is available through the following link:

Form ROP1: Application by a person of the age of 18 years or over

Appointment Booking

The appointment booking period for application of Hong Kong identity card at Registration of Persons Offices is 24 working days.

Further information is available through the following link:

Online appointment booking

Alternatively, you can make an appointment booking through the 24-hour telephone appointment booking hotline 2598 0888.

Registration of Persons Office

You can apply to register for an identity card at any Registration of Persons Office, with the following exceptions:

  • If you are an arrival from the Mainland holding a One-way Permit, you must have your first registration for Hong Kong identity card at the Registration of Persons – Kowloon Office.
  • If you are a worker arriving in Hong Kong under the Supplementary Labour Scheme, you must register at the Registration of Persons – Kwun Tong Office.

Registration of Persons Offices

Supporting Documents

If you are a resident, you should produce originals of your:

  • Juvenile identity card or an identity card issued previously; or
  • Birth certificate and proof of identity (e.g. a valid travel document or passport) or latest school document (bearing photo authenticated by the school. e.g. student handbook or school record card).

If you are a new arrival, you should produce originals of your:

  • One-way Permit (applicable to new arrival from the Mainland holding One-way Permit only).
  • Valid travel document, passport, entry permit or affidavit showing your residential status in Hong Kong.

If you apply to replace a damaged or defaced card, you should produce your damaged or defaced identity card.

Form ROP 138: Documentary Requirements of Registration for Hong Kong Identity Cards

Application Process

When you arrive at a Registration of Persons Office, you should approach the reception counter to obtain a number tag and an application form. If you have made an appointment, you should produce an acknowledgement of the booking or inform the reception officer of your identity document number and the timeslot you have booked. You should complete the application form carefully while waiting for an interview with a registration officer.

When your tag number is displayed on the plasma panel in the waiting area, you should proceed to the designated registration booth and hand in your application form, supporting documents and identity card (if any) to the registration officer. The registration officer will examine your eligibility for an identity card, scan your left and right thumbprints, and take your photo. You will then be asked to return to the waiting area to wait for an interview with an assessment officer.

When your tag number appears on the plasma panel again, you should proceed to the designated booth and hand in your application form, supporting documents and identity card (if any) to the assessment officer. The assessment officer will countercheck the data on the application form, confirm your eligibility for an identity card and scan your left and right thumbprints again. Your identity card issued previously (if any) will be collected and you will be issued with an acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

If you apply to replace your identity card, you will be issued with an acknowledgement of application for an identity card upon payment of a prescribed fee.

If you only hold an acknowledgement of application for an identity card and intend to travel, you are required under the law to produce a valid travel document, such as passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit at Hong Kong immigration control points.

Processing Time

The processing time for an identity card is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays)

Note

No fee is payable when you register for an identity card. However, you will need to pay for the replacement of an identity card due to loss, destruction, damage, defacement or alteration of personal particulars. 

After Applying

Applications by People Aged 18 or Over

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Collection of Identity Card

The processing time for an identity card is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays). You should collect your identity card in person or authorise a representative to collect it for you within the period specified on your acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

If you only hold an acknowledgement of application for an identity card and intend to travel, you are required under the law to produce a valid travel document, such as passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit, at Hong Kong immigration control points.

 

In person

Upon collection, you must return your acknowledgement of application for an identity card. You will be asked to place your left and right thumbs on a scanner to confirm that the ‘chip’ of the card functions properly and the personal data stored therein are correct.

 

By Authorised Representative

If you want to authorise another person to collect your identity card, you should notify the registration officer at the time of application and complete an authorisation form (ID678), or give your authorisation in writing. Authorised representatives must have attained age 18 and should produce the following documents upon collection:

  • His or her valid proof of identity (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit).
  • Your acknowledgement of application for an identity card.
  • Your authorisation form (ID678), or written authorisation and proof of your signature.

Form ID678: Authorisation for Collection of Identity Card/Travel Document

Confirmation process on immigration self-service kiosk

When you receive your new identity card from your representative, you should check the personal data stored in its ‘chip’ using a smart identity card reader installed at an immigration self-service kiosk. You must complete this confirmation process on your own following the on-screen instructions.

Locations of immigration self-service kiosks are available through the following links:

Before Applying

Applications by People Aged under 11 in connection with HKSAR Passport Application

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Who is Required to Apply for Hong Kong Identity Card

Under the Registration of Persons Ordinance, all Hong Kong residents aged 11 or over (including those who have been permitted to stay in Hong Kong for more than 180 days) are required to register for an identity card, except those who are exempted or excluded. If you fall into one of the following categories, you are NOT required to apply for an identity card.

  • Genuine travellers in transit through Hong Kong or persons who have been permitted to stay for not more than 180 days.
  • Children aged under 11 of consuls, consular staff and the Head and members of the Office of the Commission of the European Communities in Hong Kong.
  • Children aged under 11 (except for Hong Kong permanent residents who need to apply for permanent identity cards in connection with their applications for HKSAR passports).
  • The aged, the blind and the infirm who have been exempted from registering for an identity card by the Commissioner of Registration.

Information on applying for exemption is available through the following link:
Application for Certificate of Exemption

Verification of Eligibility for Permanent Identity Card

Before you proceed to register for the issue of a permanent identity card, you will need to show that you are eligible for registration under the Registration of Persons Ordinance.  Information on verification of eligibility for permanent identity card is available through the following link:

Verification of Eligibility for Permanent Identity card

When to Apply for Hong Kong Identity Card

If you are under the age of 11, you are not required to register for an identity card unless you are a permanent resident and need to apply for a permanent identity card in connection with your application for a HKSAR passport. 

If your permanent identity card has been lost, destroyed, defaced or damaged, you should apply for replacement at the Registration of Persons Office within 14 days.

Processing Time

If you apply for a permanent identity card in connection with your application for a HKSAR passport, your application for a permanent identity card will be arranged together with your HKSAR passport application.  If you have been issued with a permanent identity card which is lost, destroyed, defaced or damaged, the processing time for replacement of an identity card is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays).

Applying

Applications by People Aged under 11 in connection with HKSAR Passport Application

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Application Form

If you are under the age of 11, you are not required to register for an identity card unless you are a permanent resident and need to apply for a permanent identity card in connection with your application for a HKSAR passport.

Application form and guidance notes for a person under age of 11 are available through the following links:

Form ROP 3: Application by a person under the age of 11

Form ROP(E) 149: Guidance Notes

If you apply for a permanent identity card in connection with your application for a HKSAR passport, you do not need to attend a Registration of Persons office.  Your application for a permanent identity card will be arranged together with your HKSAR passport application.

Appointment Booking (for replacement of permanent identity card)

If you have been issued with a permanent identity card which is lost, destroyed, defaced or damaged, the appointment booking period for application for replacement of a Hong Kong permanent identity card at Registration of Persons Offices is within 24 working days.

Further information is available through the following link.

Online appointment booking

Alternatively, you can make an appointment booking through the 24-hour telephone appointment booking hotline 2598 0888.

Registration of Persons Office (for replacement of permanent identity card)

You can apply for replacement of a Hong Kong permanent identity card at any Registration of Persons Office.

Registration of Persons Offices

Supporting Documents (for replacement of permanent identity card)

You must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when submitting your application. The accompanying parent should produce his or her valid travel document, passport or Hong Kong identity card. If you are accompanied by your legal guardian, that guardian must produce his or her valid travel document, passport or Hong Kong identity card and documentary proof of legal guardianship.

If you are aged under 11 applying to replace a lost, destroyed, damaged or defaced card, you should produce:

  • Original of your proof of identity (e.g. a valid travel document or passport) or the latest school document (bearing photo authenticated by the school. e.g. student handbook or school record card).
  • One recent photograph (50 x 40 mm full-face photo) if you are not taller than 90 cm.
  • Your damaged or defaced identity card (For replacement of damaged or defaced identity card).

Form ROP138: Documentary Requirements of Registration for Hong Kong Identity Cards

Application Process (for replacement of permanent identity card)

When you arrive at a Registration of Persons Office, you and your parent or legal guardian should approach the reception counter to obtain a number tag and an application form. If you have made an appointment, you should produce an acknowledgement of the booking or inform the reception officer of your identity document number and the time slot you have booked. You should complete the application form carefully while waiting for an interview with a registration officer.

When your tag number is displayed on the plasma panel in the waiting area, you should proceed to the designated registration booth and hand in your application form, supporting documents and identity card (if any) to the registration officer. The registration officer will examine your eligibility for an identity card. You will then be asked to return to the waiting area to wait for an interview with an assessment officer.

When your tag number appears on the plasma panel again, you should proceed to the designated booth and hand in your application form, supporting documents and identity card (if any) to the assessment officer. The assessment officer will countercheck the data on the application form, confirm your eligibility for an identity card. Your old identity card (if any) will be collected.  You will be issued with an acknowledgement of application for an identity card upon payment of a prescribed fee.

If you only hold an acknowledgement of application for an identity card and intend to travel, you are required under the law to produce a valid travel document, such as passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit, at Hong Kong immigration control points.

Processing Time (for replacement of permanent identity card)

The processing time for an identity card is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays).

Note

You will need to pay for the replacement of an identity card due to loss, destruction, damage or defacement or alteration of personal particulars.

After Applying

Applications by People Aged under 11 in connection with HKSAR Passport Application

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Collection of Identity Card (for replacement of permanent identity card)

The processing time for replacement of a permanent identity card is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays). Your parent or legal guardian can collect your identity card in person or authorise a representative to collect it on his or her behalf within the period specified on your acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

If you only hold an acknowledgement of application for an identity card and intend to travel, you are required under the law to produce a valid travel document, such as passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit, at Hong Kong immigration control points.

In Person

The parent or legal guardian who has applied on your behalf is expected to collect your new identity card in person on production of your acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

By Authorised Representative

If your parent or legal guardian wants to authorise another person to collect your identity card, he or she should notify the registration officer at the time of application and complete an authorisation form (ID678), or give his or her authorisation in writing. Authorised representatives must have attained 18 and should produce the following documents upon collection:

  • His or her valid proof of identity (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit).
  • Your acknowledgement of application for an identity card.
  • Your parent or legal guardian’s authorisation form (ID 678) or written authorisation and proof of his or her signature.

Form ID678: Authorisation for Collection of Identity Card/Travel Document

Before Applying

Overseas Application for Permanent Identity Card

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Who is Required to Apply for Permanent Identity Card Overseas

Hong Kong residents living overseas are not normally required to apply for an identity card. If you are aged 11 or above and are required to register for or replace your identity card, you shall apply for one within 30 days of your return to Hong Kong. However, when you apply for a HKSAR passport from abroad, you will also be required to apply for a permanent identity card if you do not already have one.

Eligibility for Overseas Application for Permanent Identity Card

You are eligible to apply for a permanent identity card concurrently with an overseas application for a HKSAR passport if you belong to one of the following categories:

(a) A Chinese citizen born in Hong Kong before or after the establishment of the HKSAR; or

(b) A Chinese citizen who has ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 7 years before or after the establishment of the HKSAR; or

(c) A person of Chinese nationality born outside Hong Kong before or after the establishment of the HKSAR to a parent who, at the time of his or her birth, was a Chinese citizen falling within category (a) or (b).

The following link will take you to a definition of ‘Chinese citizen’:

Nationality Law

Processing Time

It will take 6-8 weeks to process your application, excluding the delivery time.

Applying

Overseas Application for Permanent Identity Card

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Application Forms

Application forms are available at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in your host country or through the following links:

Form ROP143: Application by a Person of the Age of 18 Years or Over Resident Overseas

Form ROP144: Application by a Person Under the Age of 18 Resident Overseas

You should submit your application to the nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in person or by mail.

Supporting Documents

You should provide copies of the following documents with your application:

  • Your birth certificate if you were born in Hong Kong.
  • Proof of your previous residence in Hong Kong such as school documents, proof of employment, official receipts or bank statements if you have ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 7 years.
  • Your birth certificate and parent’s permanent identity card if you claim the right of abode in Hong Kong by virtue of your parent’s status in Hong Kong.

Note: If your name is different from that on your birth certificate, a copy of a supporting document such as a deed poll, travel document, adoption certificate, or marriage or divorce certificate showing the change of name must be included with your application.

You will also need to supply two recent identical photographs of the following format:

  • Size: 29 mm (width) x 35 mm (height).
  • Showing full face with no hat.
  • Plain background of a light colour.
  • Photographic paper: thin, unglazed, unmounted and of a type that can be firmly affixed to paper.

If you already hold a non-permanent identity card, you should return it upon submission of your application.

Note

No fee is payable for the first issue of a permanent identity card.

After Applying

Overseas Application for Permanent Identity Card

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Collection of Identity Card

If you are issued with a permanent identity card in connection with an overseas application for HKSAR passport, your Hong Kong permanent identity card and HKSAR passport will be issued at the same time.

Validity

Your permanent identity card issued overseas will remain valid as long as you stay abroad. It must be renewed within 30 days after you return to Hong Kong unless you are still under the age of 11.