Hong Kong residents born in 1985 or 1986 to start applying for new smart identity cards

  • January 24,2019
  • The Immigration Department (ImmD) announced today (January 18) that from January 21 to March 30, 2019, Hong Kong residents born in 1985 or 1986 should apply for a new smart identity card in person at a Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre (SIDCC). The SIDCCs will be open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 8am to 10pm (except public holidays).

    Eligible applicants may make appointment bookings via the Internet (www.gov.hk/newicbooking), the ImmD mobile application or the 24-hour telephone booking hotline 2121 1234. The ImmD appeals to applicants to pre-fill the application form when making appointment bookings through the Internet or mobile application in order to enjoy a faster registration process.

    Applicants should bring along their existing smart identity cards when they proceed to SIDCCs. If their smart identity cards do not bear the "A", "***" or "R" symbols, they should also bring along their travel documents showing their current residential status in Hong Kong.

    For this replacement exercise, the ImmD is implementing a new caring arrangement under which eligible applicants may bring along up to two family members or friends aged 65 or above to replace their smart identity cards together during the same visit.

    The above call-up period is only eligible for Hong Kong residents born in 1985 or 1986. The ImmD will make announcements on the arrangements for other age groups in due course. If eligible Hong Kong residents are absent from Hong Kong during their call-up period, they can apply within 30 days of their return to Hong Kong.

    For details of the Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise, please visit the website www.smartid.gov.hk or call the enquiry hotline 2824 6111.

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