Eligibility for Certificate of Exemption
Under the Registration of Persons Regulations, the aged, the blind or the infirm who satisfy a registration officer that their personal attendance for registration of Hong Kong identity cards will injure their health or the health of others are not required to register or apply for the issue or renewal of an identity card. They can instead apply for a Certificate of Exemption, which is issued free of charge. However, as residents not residing in Hong Kong are not required to register for Hong Kong identity cards, they are not required to apply for the Certificate of Exemption.
No fee is payable for the issue of the Certificate of Exemption. However, when such person applies for an identity card upon improvement of his/her health condition, he/she will need to pay for the replacement if his/her identity card had been lost, destroyed, damaged or defaced before he/she applied for the Certificate of Exemption.
Applicants can apply for a Certificate of Exemption with a letter written by them or their representatives (such as a family member, relative, social worker from the Social Welfare Department or supervisor of elderly homes). The letter should include the name, identity card number, contact address and telephone number of both the applicant and the representative, the reason for applying for the Certificate of Exemption and the preferred Registration of Persons Office for collection of the certificate. Alternatively, applicants or their representatives may complete the application form, which is available through the following link:
The application should be sent by post 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)
The representative can submit the application in person on behalf of the applicant to any Registration of Persons Office.
The office addresses are available through the following link:
Please provide the following documents upon application:
Collection of Certificate of Exemption
If the application is approved, the applicant or his/her representative will be asked to collect the Certificate of Exemption at the Registration of Persons Office he/she has chosen. The applicant's identity card, if any, should be returned to the Registration of Persons Office upon collection of the Certificate of Exemption.
When the health of the applicant permits, he/she should apply for a new identity card by returning his/her Certificate of Exemption to any Registration of Persons office.
The Certificate of Exemption is not a travel document and cannot be used for immigration clearance.