Hong Kong: Requirements to Replace Old Identity Cards

Key Points

  • Hong Kong announced that the old form of smart identity cards issued before November 2018 will be invalidated in two phases in 2025

Changes in Identity Card Validity

The authorities of Hong Kong will invalidate identity cards issued before 26 November 2018 in two phases by 2025:

  • Phase I: Cards for those born in 1970 or later will be invalid from 12 May 2025.
  • Phase II: Cards for those born in 1969 or earlier will be invalid from 12 October 2025.

Residents can apply for new cards at designated Registration of Persons (ROP) offices. Those outside Hong Kong during the call-up periods must replace their cards within 30 days of returning. This policy applies to all permanent and non-permanent residents. Residents can apply for new identity cards at the Registration of Persons (ROP) – Kwun Tong (Temporary) Office or during extended hours at Hong Kong, Kowloon, Tseung Kwan O or Tuen Mun ROP offices.

Failure to obtain a new card without a valid reason may result in a HKD 5,000 fine. Exemptions will apply to individuals with specific circumstances such as age, blindness or being informed.

Looking Ahead

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

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at Corporate Immigration Partners, P.C., or another qualified professional of your choosing. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult your Envoy representative, or another qualified representative of your choosing.