Applying for a Hong Kong ID Card
Posted 20 March 2008 - 11:17 AM
Posted 20 March 2008 - 11:26 AM
As long as you have your passport, visa and legitimate reason to be living on Hong Kong according to immigration rules (i.e. employment, study, dependant, spouse), just turn up at the Registration of Persons office. You can either make an appointment in advance, or just turn up in the morning but you might leave empty handed if they already filled their daily quota when it comes to your turn. You will be photographed and fingerprinted.
There is no fee to pay (there is a fee if you lost your old one) and you should be on your way out of the building after about an hour. You will be issued with a temporary ID paper which serves as proof you have begun the application process if stopped by the police for example.
On the day allotted, usually around a week later, you should go to the office to collect your actual HKID card. It does not expire as long as you are resident in Hong Kong. You are supposed to take it with you everywhere and at all times. Cards issued now have microchips embedded which can be read at local border crossings and contain all your data.
If you are not entitled to permanent residency, you will be issues with the 'Hong Kong Identity Card', whereas the other states that you are entitled to permanent residency. That is the only real difference.
They will not keep your passport during the application process. They only use it to verify your identity and you take it away with you afterwards.
The entire process is detailed at the HKSAR immigration website:- http://www.immd.gov.hk
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