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Immigration says again: FDHs should also replace their HKIDs

23 January 2019

Foreign domestic helpers and other migrants working, studying, or residing in Hong Kong with a visa are included in the government’s ongoing territory-wide identity card replacement exercise, the Immigration Department has reiterated.

Samples of the new Smart HKID
A spokeswoman for Immigration clarified this as the second phase of replacing the HK ID card of people born in 1985 and 1986, kicked off. The replacement exercise started on Dec. 27 last year.

Everyone will be invited to go to any of the nine newly established Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres, or SIDCCs, in phases according to their birth year, to have their HKICs replaced within specified periods, the spokeswoman said. 

She said the SIDCCs are open Mondays to Saturdays, 8am to 10pm, except on public holidays.

She reminded migrants, particularly domestic helpers, of the following: 

1. Holders of existing smart HKIDs born in 1985 or 1986 should apply for a new smart identity card in person at SIDCC by Mar 30; 

2. They may book appointments via the Internet (, the Immigration mobile application or the 24-hour telephone booking hotline 2121 1234; 

3. They should pre-fill the application form when booking appointments online or through the mobile application for faster registration, and

4. They should bring their existing smart HKIDs and travel documents (or passports) bearing the working visa when they go to the SIDCCs. 

For this exercise, the department is implementing a new “caring arrangement” under which eligible applicants may bring along up to two family members or friends aged 65 or above to replace their smart IDs together during the same visit.

The department said it will announce the arrangements for other age groups in due course. It said if eligible residents are absent from Hong Kong during their call-up period, they can apply within 30 days of their return to the city.

Smart HKIC replacement centers

1. Hong Kong Island Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre
Room 200, 2/F, Shui On Centre, 6-8 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
2. East Kowloon Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre
Unit 1, 2/F, Manulife Financial Centre and Unit 1B, 3/F, Manulife Financial Centre, Tower A, 223-231 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong
3. West Kowloon Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre
12/F, Gala Place, 56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok
4. Tsuen Wan Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre
Shop S201, 2/F, Smartland, 50 Texaco Road, Tsuen Wan
5. Sha Tin Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre
Shop G26, G/F and Shop 123, 1/F, Kings Wing Plaza 1, 3 On Kwan Street
, Sha Tin
6. Sheung Shui Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre
7/F, Spot, 48 Lung Sum Avenue, Sheung Shui
7. Tuen Mun Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre
Shop L414B, Level 4, Leung King Plaza, Leung King Estate, 31 Tin King Road, Tuen Mun
8. Yuen Long Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre
Shop 50, G/F, Manhattan Plaza, 23 Sai Ching Street, Yuen Long
9. Tseung Kwan O Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre
Shop 20-26, G/F, Corinthia by the Sea, 23 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, Sai Kung

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