Online Appointment Booking for Replacement of Identity Cards (Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise)

Under the Territory-wide Identity Card 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.

You can make use of this online service to make an appointment booking for replacing Hong Kong new smart identity card and prefilling application form before visiting the SIDCCs. This article will tell you what you should know before using the online booking service.

Who Can Use This Service?

The Territory-wide Identity Card 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 arrangement. Holders of Hong Kong Identity Cards are required to have their existing identity cards replaced within their specified periods. Details of the Call-up Programme can be found via the following link.

Call-up Programme and the related information

Online Appointment Booking

Online appointment booking for replacement of identity cards and form pre-filling (For the Chief Executive, members of the Executive Council, members of the Legislative Council, Principal Officials, members of the Immigration Service, Police Officers and Labour Inspectors)Online appointment booking for replacement of identity cards and form pre-filling (For persons with year of birth of 1985 or 1986)

How to Start

To make an appointment, you need to enter your Hong Kong identity card number as the identity document number and input your day and year of birth as well. If you are making an appointment for your child, please provide the Hong Kong identity card number of the child. You also have to enter a personalised 4-digit enquiry code for subsequent change, cancellation or enquiry about your appointment.

You can select your appointment for the next 24 working days*. The result of your booking is subject to the availability of quota of each Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre (SIDCC).

If you would like to bring along family members or friends who have attained the age of 65 or above in 2019 (i.e. year of birth of 1954 or before), you may make an appointment for up to 3 applicants, including yourself.

When an appointment is made successfully, you may choose to receive an appointment reminder. An email reminder will then be sent to the email address you provided 2 days before the appointment day. You can change your email address or cancel the reminder at least 3 days before the appointment day.

If you are unable to attend your appointment, please change or cancel it at least 1 day before the appointment day if you are not able to attend to.

*Monday to Saturday (except General Holidays)

Please note that if the information provided for making an appointment is incorrect, the appointment will be automatically deleted from the system without further notice.

Supporting Documents to Take with You

When you apply for replacing a smart identity card at a Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre, you only need to bring along your existing smart identity card if you are holding:

  • A smart Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card;
  • A smart identity card bearing the “***” or “*” symbol; or
  • A smart identity card that was issued on or after 1 January 1999 and bears the “R” residential symbol.

If you do not fall into any of the aforesaid categories, you must, in addition to your existing smart identity card, bring along your travel document or passport showing your current residential status in Hong Kong.

If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by your father/mother or legal guardian and bring along your birth certificate. The accompanying father/mother or legal guardian should produce his/her proof of identity (e.g. identity card or travel document). If you are accompanied by a legal guardian, the legal guardian should produce proof of the guardianship.

In addition, for an applicant under 11 years of age, the accompanying father/mother or legal guardian should produce:

  • The applicant’s existing smart Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card;
  • The applicant’s birth certificate;
  • The applicant’s other proof of identity, such as recent travel document or recent school document with certified photograph (e.g. student handbook, school record book); and
  • The applicant’s recent photo (50 X 40 mm full face photo), if the applicant is not taller than 90 cm.

Booking by Immigration Department Mobile Application

You can make an appointment and pre-fill your application form via the Immigration Department Mobile Application.

Information on the Immigration Department Mobile Application

Booking by Phone

Besides the online booking system and the Immigration Department Mobile Application, you can also make an appointment via the 24-hour telephone booking system at (852) 2121 1234.

Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCCs)

Please refer to the following link for the addresses and working hours of the nine SIDCCs.

Addresses and working hours of SIDCCs

Assistance and further information

If you need assistance in using the online service, you can call the Immigration e-Services Hotline at (852) 3128 8668 between 7 am and 11 pm daily.

For general enquiries, please call (852) 2824 6111, fax (852) 2877 7711 or email to enquiry@immd.gov.hk.

Last revision date: December 2018
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