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Hong Kong residents born in 1992, 1993, 1994 or 1995 should apply for new smart identity cards from July 25 to October 6
     The Immigration Department (ImmD) announced today (July 8) that Hong Kong residents born in 1992, 1993, 1994 or 1995 and holding the old form of smart identity card should bring along their identity cards and apply for new smart identity cards in person at a Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre (SIDCC) (see Annex I) from July 25 (Monday) to October 6(Thursday). The SIDCCs are open from 8am to 10pm and from Monday to Saturday (except public holidays).

     The Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise covers all Hong Kong residents, who should apply for new smart identity cards in person at the SIDCCs during specified periods, whether they are permanent residents or non-permanent residents who are permitted to take up employment, make investment, reside or study in Hong Kong.

     To avoid the gathering of crowds, the ImmD appeals to applicants to make appointments via the ImmD mobile application, the Internet (www.gov.hk/newicbooking), or the 24-hour telephone booking hotline 2121 1234. Residents may scan the QR codes in Annex II to download the ImmD mobile application or to make an appointment for identity card replacement via the Internet. The ImmD also appeals to applicants to pre-fill the application form when making appointments through the mobile application or the Internet for faster identity card replacement service.

     For this Replacement Exercise, the ImmD is also implementing a caring arrangement under which each eligible applicant for identity card replacement may bring along up to two persons with disabilities to replace their identity cards together during the same visit to an SIDCC.

     For Hong Kong residents born in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 or 1991, their specified period for identity card replacement will end on July 23 (Saturday), while that for residents born in 1954 or before will end on January 14, 2023 (Saturday). Those who have not yet applied for a new smart identity card should do so as early as possible. Eligible Hong Kong residents who cannot have their identity cards replaced during the specified call-up periods due to their absence from Hong Kong can apply within 30 days upon their return to Hong Kong.

     For details of the Replacement Exercise, please visit the website www.smartid.gov.hk or call the ImmD's enquiry hotline at 2824 6111.
Ends/Friday, July 8, 2022
Issued at HKT 14:25
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