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.
Hong Kong identity cards have been issued in the form of smart card since 2003. Information on the features and benefits of the smart identity card, obligations for the holder of a smart identity card or new smart identity card and a list of frequently asked questions about the smart identity card are available through the following link.
Starting from 26 November 2018, a new form of smart identity card will be issued to replace the existing smart identity card. The new smart identity card has improved in its durability, security features as well as the chip technology and protection of personal data.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise (Replacement Exercise) covers all Hong Kong residents who are holders of a smart identity card with the date of issue between 23 June 2003 and 24 November 2018, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong permanent residents, or residents for employment (including foreign domestic helper), investment or study. The Secretary for Security had issued a legal order to announce the details of the Replacement Exercise. Holders of Hong Kong Identity Cards are required to have their existing identity cards replaced within their specified periods.
Under the Replacement Exercise, appointment booking period for replacing new smart identity cards at the newly established Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCCs) is 24 working days. Before visiting the SIDCCs , applicants are advised to make appointment on the Internet, via the Immigration Department Mobile Application or by phone.
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 and prefill application form online or through the Immigration Department Mobile Application before they come to the offices for an identity card application.
An overview of the services, including who can use it, how to use it, how to perform online form pre-filling, the supporting documents required and information about the mobile application are available through the following links.
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.
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 about Hong Kong identity cards, Certificate of Registered Particulars, Certificate of Exemption and the online appointment booking service are available through the following link.