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If you still hold old HKID card, you have one year to replace it

19 June 2024


The new HK Identity Card

If you have not yet changed your old Hong Kong ID card -- the one issued before November 26, 2018 -- you have at least a year before it becomes invalid under a two-phase schedule announced by the government.

The Immigration Department’s advice to avoid the consequences – such as being prosecuted and made to pay a fine of $5,000 -- is to apply for the new Hong Kong Identity Card (HKIC) before your old HKID becomes invalid.

Phase I of the invalidation exercise will cover holders of old ID cards born in 1970 or after, whose old cards will become invalid on May 12, 2025. 

Phase II of the invalidation exercise will cover holders of old ID cards born in 1969 or before, whose old cards will become invalid on October 12, 2025.


Ther schedule is set under the Registration of Persons (Invalidation of Identity Cards) Order 2024 (Invalidation Order) announced by Immigration yesterday (June 18). It will take effect after it is published in the Gazette on June 21, and tabled at the Legislative Council for negative vetting on June 26.

The Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise ended on March 3 last year, but four Registration of Persons offices in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Tseung Kwan O and Tuen Mun are open to issue the new IDs.

“Residents still holding old ID cards should make appointments for replacement as soon as possible,” Immigration said. To book, visit the website ( or call the 24-hour telephone booking hotline 2598 0888

“For those who are unable to have their ID cards replaced during the specified call-up periods due to being absent from Hong Kong, they should replace their ID cards within 30 days of their return to Hong Kong,” it added.

The invalidation of old ID cards will not affect the right of abode in Hong Kong of the holders of old ID cards unless he or she has lost permanent resident status under the Immigration Ordinance, it explained.

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