Hong Kong ID Card

The Hong Kong Identity Card (HKID card) is an official identity document issued by the Immigration Department of Hong Kong. According to the Registration of Persons Ordinance (Cap. 177), all residents of age 11 or above who are living in Hong Kong for longer than 180 days must, within 30 days of either reaching the age of 11 or arriving in Hong Kong, register for an HKID card. HKID cards contain amongst others the name of the bearer in English, and if applicable in Chinese. The HKID card does not expire for the duration of residency in Hong Kong.


Generally speaking, there are two types of HKID card for adults (who reach age 18): Hong Kong Resident ID card and Hong Kong Permanent ID card.


Who can get HK ID card?

Residents of Hong Kong are required to obtain an HKID card at the age of 11. Hong Kong residents over age 15 are required to carry legal identification with them at all times (that is, the HKID card). Residents of Hong Kong include persons who hold the following type of visa in Hong Kong. Visitor visa holders cannot get HKID cards.


  • Capital Investment Visa
    Investment Visa
    Employment Visa
    Training Visa
    Dependent Visa
    Student Visa
    Working Holiday Visa
    Domestic Helper Visa
    IANG Visa
    QMAS Visa

The Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card is issued to Hong Kong residents who have the right of abode (ROA) in the Hong Kong


How to read the code in HK ID card? (PDF)


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