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Hong Kong residents aged 18 or over must register for an adult identity card. Here you can learn about registering for an identity card, including when, where and how to apply, how to collect your card and where to go for further information.

When to Apply

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.

Appointment Booking

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

The following link will take you to more information.

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

Where to Apply

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

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.

Fees

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. Details are available through the following link.

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 old identity card (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.

Collection

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.

Collection 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’ on the card functions properly and the personal data stored therein are correct.

Collection 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 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 (ID 678) or written authorisation and proof of your signature

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Further information on applying for an identity card is available through the following link.

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