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The new HKIC roving exhibition (Photo: Immigration Department)

 

Hong Kong residents, including foreign domestic helpers, born in 1957, 1958, or 1959 should have their HK identity cards (HKIC) replaced starting later this month until mid-February, the Immigration Department (ImmD) said.

The ImmD said those born during these years can have their HKICs replaced at the different Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCC) starting on November 16 until February 17 next year.

“Eligible applicants can now make appointment for replacement of smart identity cards,” the ImmD said.

The members of the current batch—those born in 1955 or 1956—have until November 15 to have their old identity cards replaced.

The ImmD also reminded the public that due to the recent events that have disrupted public transport, some SIDCCs might suspend their work earlier. It urged those replacing their cards to monitor the news or call the centre first before going there.

Based on the initial schedule that was released earlier, those born in 1960 to 1963 are expected to get their turn between February 2020 to June 2020; 1970-1976 (2020); 1977-1982 (2020 to 2021); 1983-1984, 2005-2007, 2012-2018 (2021); 1987-1992 (2021 to 2022); and those born before and in 1954, and 1993-2000 (2022).

“Failure to apply to apply for a new identity card within the specified called-up periods without reasonable excuse is an offense. Offenders may be prosecuted and are liable to a fine of $5,000,” the ImmD said.

Applicants can personally apply at the different SIDCCs which will be open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 8am to 10pm (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 SIDCCs during their specified periods, whether they are permanent residents or non-permanent residents taking up employment, investment, residence or study in Hong Kong.

Employers of foreign domestic helpers should also arrange for their helpers to apply for the new identity cards during the latter’s specified periods, the ImmD said.

Eligible applicants may make appointment bookings via the Internet (www.gov.hk/newicbooking), the ImmD mobile application, or the 24-hour telephone booking hotline 2121 1234.

If eligible Hong Kong residents are absent from Hong Kong during their call-up period, they can apply within 30 days of their return to Hong Kong.

The Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres can be found at:

Hong Kong Island Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre (Room 200, 2/F, Shui On Centre, 6-8 Harbour Road, Wan Chai)

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)

West Kowloon Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre (12/F, Gala Place, 56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok)

Tsuen Wan Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre (Shop S201, 2/F, Smartland, 50 Texaco Road, Tsuen Wan)

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)

Sheung Shui Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre (7/F, Spot, 48 Lung Sum Avenue, Sheung Shui)

Tuen Mun Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre (Shop L414B, Level 4, Leung King Plaza, Leung King Estate, 31 Tin King Road, Tuen Mun)

Yuen Long Smart Identity Card Replacement Centre (Shop 50, G/F, Manhattan Plaza, 23 Sai Ching Street, Yuen Long)

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)