Online Services for Traditional Vehicle Registration Marks

You can now search online for the availability of traditional vehicle registration marks. For an available traditional vehicle registration mark, you can even make a reservation for auction with a few clicks. Here you can find out more about the online services including who can reserve and what you need to prepare when you attend an auction.

Online Enquiry and Reservation

A convenient Internet option is provided for you to check whether a traditional vehicle registration mark is available and to reserve it for auction. Traditional vehicle registration marks are those outside the Personalized Vehicle Registration Marks Scheme. There are ordinary and special vehicle registration marks.


If you wish to pay through this e-service on a device with Kaspersky Internet Security software installed, you should include the link of this e-service ( and to Kaspersky Safe Money list ( to avoid the potential error message [PAY-E-0000] when making payments. In case the message does appear, you should check with Transport Department at 2804 2600 on the payment status by quoting your transaction reference number.

Online Services for Traditional Vehicle Registration Marks

Traditional Vehicle Registration Mark

Who Can Reserve Online?

You can check whether a traditional vehicle registration mark is available, and reserve it for auction online if the following requirements are met:

  • You are at least 18 years of age and hold a Hong Kong identity card (for Hong Kong residents) or a Passport (for non-Hong Kong residents); or
  • You are the authorised person of a limited company who holds a valid Certificate of Incorporation. Business Registration Certificate will not be accepted.

How Much will It Cost?

Reserving an ordinary and a special vehicle registration mark for auction is different. You need to pay online a HK$1,000 deposit for reserving an ordinary vehicle registration mark (other than those with a prefix “HK” or “XX”). However, no deposit is required for reserving a special vehicle registration mark or an ordinary vehicle registration mark with a prefix “HK” or “XX”.

More about ordinary and special vehicle registration marks

What Do I Need to Prepare before Application?

Before you start the application, you should have the following ready:

  • Either a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB or China UnionPay),  a PPS or a FPS account payment. Visa, MasterCard and JCB offer additional security programs to give their cardholders extra protection when they make online payments. You must register in advance with Verified by Visa (VbV), MasterCard® SecureCodeTM or J/SecureTM.

Note: PPS does not support payment via browsers of mobile devices (including mobile phones and tablets) at the moment. If you wish to pay by PPS, please change to use desktop computer.

  • A printer to print out a hard copy of the acknowledgement page. If you do not have a printer, be sure to write down the e-service reference number or you can save your application details or acknowledgement in your PC or other storage devices.
  • All the correspondences concerning the application for reserving a registration mark for auction will be sent to the contact address as indicated on the application form. If you would like to change the correspondence address or other contact details, please submit the completed application form (TD 640) by post or by fax to the Vehicle Registration Marks Unit of Transport Department (Address: 12/F, South Tower, West Kowloon Government Offices, 11 Hoi Ting Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon/ Fax no: 3101 5532) or you may submit the change request through online service by clicking here.
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Upon confirmation of your application, your reserved vehicle registration mark will be put on the waiting list for auction. You will be informed of the auction date by registered mail when ready. You may also visit the Transport Department website for the auction details including the dates of coming auctions and the list of vehicle registration marks available in auction.

Supporting Documents to Take with You on the Date of Auction

On the day of auction, make sure to take the following documents with you for completion of registration and payment procedures immediately after the successful bidding:

  • Original or copy of the identity document of the successful bidder;
  • Original or copy of the identity document of the purchaser if it is different from the successful bidder;
  • A copy of the certificate of incorporation if the purchaser is a body corporate; and
  • A crossed cheque made payable to either “The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” or “The Government of the HKSAR”. Payment by post-dated cheque, cash or other methods will not be accepted.

Further Information

If you need further information on the online services, please phone the Transport Department’s hotline at 2804 2600, read the following FAQs or visit the department’s website.

FAQs on Online Services for Traditional Vehicle Registration MarksHow to obtain your favourite vehicle registration mark by auctionGuidance notes on auction of traditional vehicle registration marks (pdf file)
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Last revision date: August 2023