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[Updated] Hong Kong: New Identity Cards Introduced

This article was originally published on 23 September 2022 and was updated on 27 January 2023 to reflect new information.  

27 January 2023 Update: The authorities of Hong Kong extended the deadline to apply for a smart identity card to 3 March 2023. Previously, eligible individuals had until 11 February 2023 to apply for the smart card. According to the update, eligible applicants include permanent residents and non-permanent residents employed in Hong Kong.  

Eligible individuals currently residing outside of Hong Kong must apply for an identity card replacement at a Registration of Persons Office within 30 days of arrival in Hong Kong. For further information, check here.  

Key Points  

  • Hong Kong introduced new “smart cards” for nationals of Hong Kong, permanent residents, and non-permanent residents who are employed within the jurisdiction  


The authorities of Hong Kong announced new smart identity cards for nationals of Hong Kong born in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Nationals will be required to apply for the new smart identity card at a smart identity card replacement center beginning 7 October 2022 to 10 December 2022.  

According to the announcement, the authorities intend to make the smart identity card a requirement for all Hong Kong residents, permanent residents, and non-permanent residents who are permitted to take up employment, make investments, reside, or study in the city. For additional information on the smart identity card, check here.  

What are the Changes?  

The authorities of Hong Kong issued an announcement for all residents of Hong Kong born in the country from years 1996 through 2000. The authorities of Hong Kong have begun to issue new smart identity cards to replace previously issued identity cards.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the authorities of Hong Kong’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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