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 a person falls into one of the following categories, he/she is 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 proceeding to register for the issue of a permanent identity card, applicants will need to show that they 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 a person is a Hong Kong resident reaching the age of 11, he/she must register for an identity card within 30 days following his/her 11th birthday. If such person is outside Hong Kong during the period, he/she must apply for one within 30 days of his/her return to Hong Kong.

If a person is a new arrival aged 11 or over and has been permitted to stay in Hong Kong for more than 180 days, he/she must register for an identity card within 30 days of arrival.

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

If a person's identity card has been lost, destroyed, damaged or defaced, he/she 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 for a Hong Kong identity card at the Registration of Persons Offices is 24 working days.

Further information is available through the following link:

Online appointment booking

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

Registration of Persons Office

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

  • If a person is an entrant from the Mainland holding a One-way Permit, he/she must have his/her first registration for Hong Kong identity card at the Registration of Persons – Kowloon Office.

Registration of Persons Offices

Supporting Documents

The applicant must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when submitting the application. The accompanying parent should produce his/her valid travel document, passport or Hong Kong identity card. If the applicant is accompanied by a legal guardian, the guardian must produce his/her valid travel document, passport or Hong Kong identity card and documentary proof of legal guardianship.

If the applicant was born in Hong Kong, he/she should produce originals of his/her:

  • 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 the applicant was born outside Hong Kong, he/she should produce originals of his/her:

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

For replacement of a damaged or defaced card, the applicant should produce his/her damaged or defaced identity card.

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

Application Process

When the applicant arrives at a Registration of Persons Office, he/she and his/her parent or legal guardian should approach the reception counter to obtain a number tag and an application form. If the applicant has made an appointment, he/she should produce an acknowledgement of the booking or inform the reception officer of his/her identity document number and the time slot he/she has booked. He/she should complete the application form carefully while waiting for an interview with a registration officer.

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

When the applicant's tag number appears on the plasma panel again, he/she should proceed to the designated booth and hand in his/her 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 the applicant's eligibility for an identity card and scan his/her left and right thumbprints again. The applicant's identity card issued previously (if any) will be collected and he/she will be issued with an acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

For replacement of an identity card, the applicant will be issued with an acknowledgement of application for an identity card upon payment of a prescribed fee.

Holders of an acknowledgement of application for an identity card who intend to travel 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 application is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays).

Note

No fee is payable for the registration of an identity card. However, applicants 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 application is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays). The applicant's parent or legal guardian can collect the identity card in person or authorise a representative to collect it on his/her behalf within the period specified on the acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

Holders of an acknowledgement of application for an identity card who intend to travel 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 the applicant's behalf is expected to collect the new identity card in person on production of the acknowledgement of application for an identity card. If the applicant also attends in person, he/she will be asked to place his/her 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 the parent or legal guardian wants to authorise another person to collect the applicant's identity card, he/she should notify the registration officer at the time of application and complete an authorisation form (ID678), or give his/her authorisation in writing. The authorised representative must have attained age 18 and should produce the following documents upon collection:

  • His/Her valid proof of identity (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit).
  • The acknowledgement of application for an identity card.
  • The 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 the applicant does not collect his/her identity card in person, he/she should, after obtaining the card from his/her 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. The applicant must complete the confirmation process himself/herself 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 a person falls into one of the following categories, he/she is 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 proceeding to register for the issue of a permanent identity card, applicants will need to show that they 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

Holders of juvenile identity cards issued between the age of 11 and 17 must apply for an adult identity card within 30 days following their 18th birthday. If such persons are outside Hong Kong, they must apply for one within 30 days of their return to Hong Kong.

If a person is a new arrival aged 18 or over and has been permitted to stay in Hong Kong for more than 180 days, he/she must register for an identity card within 30 days of arrival.

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

If a person's identity card has been lost, destroyed, damaged or defaced, he/she should apply for a replacement card at any Registration of Persons Office within 14 days.

Processing Time

The processing time for an identity card application 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 for a Hong Kong identity card at the Registration of Persons Offices is 24 working days.

Further information is available through the following link:

Online appointment booking

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

Registration of Persons Office

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

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

Registration of Persons Offices

Supporting Documents

If the applicant was born in Hong Kong, he/she should produce originals of his/her:

  • 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 the latest school document (bearing photo authenticated by the school e.g. student handbook or school record card).

If the applicant is a new arrival, he/she should produce originals of his/her:

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

For replacement of a damaged or defaced card, the applicant should produce his/her damaged or defaced identity card.

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

Application Process

When the applicant arrives at a Registration of Persons Office, he/she should approach the reception counter to obtain a number tag and an application form. If the applicant has made an appointment, he/she should produce an acknowledgement of the booking or inform the reception officer of his/her identity document number and the time slot he/she has booked. He/she should complete the application form carefully while waiting for an interview with a registration officer.

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

When the applicant's tag number appears on the plasma panel again, he/she should proceed to the designated booth and hand in his/her 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 the applicant's eligibility for an identity card and scan his/her left and right thumbprints again. The applicant's identity card issued previously (if any) will be collected and he/she will be issued with an acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

For replacement of an identity card, the applicant will be issued with an acknowledgement of application for an identity card upon payment of a prescribed fee.

Holders of an acknowledgement of application for an identity card who intend to travel 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 application is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays)

Note

No fee is payable for the registration of an identity card. However, applicants 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 application is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays). Applicants should collect their identity cards in person or authorise representatives to collect the cards for them within the period specified on the acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

Holders of an acknowledgement of application for an identity card who intend to travel 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, the applicant must return the acknowledgement of application for an identity card. He/she will be asked to place his/her 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 the applicant wants to authorise another person to collect his/her identity card, he/she should notify the registration officer at the time of application and complete an authorisation form (ID678), or give his/her authorisation in writing. The authorised representative must have attained age 18 and should produce the following documents upon collection:

  • His/Her valid proof of identity (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit).
  • The acknowledgement of application for an identity card.
  • The authorisation form (ID678), or written authorisation and proof of the applicant's signature.

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

Confirmation process on immigration self-service kiosk

When the applicant receives his/her new identity card from the representative, he/she should check the personal data stored in its ‘chip’ using a smart identity card reader installed at an immigration self-service kiosk. He/she must complete the confirmation process himself/herself 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 a person falls into one of the following categories, he/she is 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 proceeding to register for the issue of a permanent identity card, applicants will need to show that they 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

Hong Kong residents under the age of 11 are not required to register for an identity card unless they are permanent residents and need to apply for a permanent identity card in connection with their applications for a HKSAR passport. 

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

Processing Time

If a person applies for a permanent identity card in connection with his/her application for a HKSAR passport, the application for a permanent identity card will be arranged together with his/her HKSAR passport application.  If such person has been issued with a permanent identity card but it 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

Hong Kong residents under the age of 11 are not required to register for an identity card unless they are  permanent residents who need to apply for a permanent identity card in connection with their applications for a HKSAR passport.

Application form and guidance notes for a person under the 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 an applicant applies for a permanent identity card in connection with his/her application for a HKSAR passport, he/she does not need to attend a Registration of Persons office. Such application for a permanent identity card will be arranged together with the HKSAR passport application.

Appointment Booking (for replacement of permanent identity card)

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

Further information is available through the following link.

Online appointment booking

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

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

Applicants 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)

The applicant must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when submitting the application. The accompanying parent should produce his/her valid travel document, passport or Hong Kong identity card. If the applicant is accompanied by a legal guardian, the guardian must produce his/her valid travel document, passport or Hong Kong identity card and documentary proof of legal guardianship.

If the applicant is aged under 11 applying to replace a lost, destroyed, damaged or defaced card, he/she should produce:

  • Original of his/her 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 he/she is not taller than 90 cm.
  • His/her 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 the applicant arrives at a Registration of Persons Office, he/she and his/her parent or legal guardian should approach the reception counter to obtain a number tag and an application form. If the applicant has made an appointment, he/she should produce an acknowledgement of the booking or inform the reception officer of his/her identity document number and the time slot he/she has booked. He/she should complete the application form carefully while waiting for an interview with a registration officer.

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

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

Holders of an acknowledgement of application for an identity card who intend to travel 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 application is usually 10 working days (excluding Saturdays and general holidays).

Note

Applicants 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). The applicant's parent or legal guardian can collect the identity card in person or authorise a representative to collect it on his/her behalf within the period specified on the acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

Holders of an acknowledgement of application for an identity card who intend to travel 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 the applicant’s behalf is expected to collect the new identity card in person on production of the acknowledgement of application for an identity card.

By Authorised Representative

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

  • His/her valid proof of identity (e.g. Hong Kong identity card, passport or Hong Kong Re-entry Permit).
  • The acknowledgement of application for an identity card.
  • The parent or legal guardian’s authorisation form (ID 678) or written authorisation and proof of his/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 a person is aged 11 or above and is required to register for or replace an identity card, he/she should apply for one within 30 days of his/her return to Hong Kong. However, when such person applies for a HKSAR passport from abroad, he/she will also be required to apply for a permanent identity card if he/she does not already have one.

Eligibility for Overseas Application for Permanent Identity Card

A person is eligible to apply for a permanent identity card concurrently with an overseas application for a HKSAR passport if he/she belongs 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).

Definition of ‘Chinese citizen’ is available through the following link:

Nationality Law

Processing Time

It will take 6-8 weeks to process the 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 Embassies or Consulates-General 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 Years Resident Overseas

Applicants should submit their applications to the nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in person or by mail.

Supporting Documents

The applicant should provide copies of the following documents with the application:

  • The applicant's birth certificate if he/she was born in Hong Kong.
  • Proof of his/her previous residence in Hong Kong such as school documents, proof of employment, official receipts or bank statements if he/she has ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 7 years.
  • His/her birth certificate and parent’s permanent identity card if the applicant claims the right of abode in Hong Kong by virtue of his/her parent’s status in Hong Kong.

Note: If the applicant's name is different from that on his/her 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 the application.

The applicant 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 the applicant already holds a non-permanent identity card, he/she should return it upon submission of the 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 the applicant is issued with a permanent identity card in connection with an overseas application for HKSAR passport, his/her Hong Kong permanent identity card and HKSAR passport will be issued at the same time.

Validity

A permanent identity card issued overseas will remain valid as long as the applicant stays abroad. It must be renewed within 30 days after his/her return to Hong Kong unless he/she is still under the age of 11.