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The Smart Identity Card

The Smart Identity Card

Hong Kong identity cards are issued in the form of smart cards, each embedded with an integrated circuit or ‘chip’ that stores and processes data. This webpage sets out information on the types of smart identity card, its physical features, the benefits and obligations of using the identity card, how the holder’s personal data is protected and where to read a list of frequently asked questions about the smart identity card.

Types of Smart Identity Card

There are two types of smart identity card:

  • The Hong Kong permanent identity card, which states that the holder has the right of abode in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)

    Information on right of abode in the HKSAR
  • The Hong Kong identity card, which does not state that right

Starting from 26 November 2018, a new form of smart identity card has been 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.