Replacement arrangement for residents who are absent from Hong Kong

Holders of the existing smart identity card who are 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 their age groups have expired when they return to Hong Kong, they can still have their identity cards replaced at any one of the Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCCs) within 30 days of their return to Hong Kong.

Before their return to Hong Kong, applicants may make appointment and pre-fill the application form through the internet at or the Immigration Department Mobile Application to enjoy a faster process of registration at the SIDCCs.

Upon their return to Hong Kong for replacement for new smart identity cards, they can use their existing Hong Kong identity cards (if not yet invalidated) for immigration clearance. If they are unable to collect their new identity cards in person during the collection period, they may authorise another person to collect it on their behalf and to return their existing identity cards for cancellation. For departure from Hong Kong, they can use other valid travel document for immigration clearance.