Replacement arrangement for residents who are absent from Hong Kong
Holders of existing smart HKICs are required to attend one of the newly established Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCCs) in phases, in accordance with their year of birth, to have their HKICs replaced within specified periods.
Hong Kong residents holding the existing HKICs who are residing outside Hong Kong during their specified call-up periods need not rush back to Hong Kong for identity card replacement. Even if the specified call-up periods for them have expired when they return to Hong Kong, they can still have their HKICs replaced at any one of the SIDCCs within 30 days of their return to Hong Kong.
Before their return to Hong Kong, members of the public can make use of the online appointment booking system i.e. www.gov.hk/newicbooking and the Immigration Department Mobile Application for making appointment and pre-fill application forms in order to enjoy a faster process of registration at the replacement centres.