Monday 16 April 2012

Hong Kong Identity Card

Having stayed in Hong Kong for about a month, my fellow interns and I have decided to apply for a Hong Kong ID card! Application for this card is eligible to all who will be staying for a period of 180 days or more in the country.

We suggest all who meet this criteria, to apply for the card as it saves the hassle and the constant fear of having to bring your passport for identification around Hong Kong. Furthermore, registration is free of charge!

The procedure is simple, simply follow the 4 steps that are listed below and you should be well on your way to obtaining your HK ID card!

Appointments can be made through the Internet or via the Telephone.
Alternatively, you may walk-in and queue up for an appointment. However, there will be walk-in quotas so you had better be there early! 

Step 2: Registration 
Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment as you would need to queue up for registration. Do remember to bring your passport along for identification! Upon doing so, an application form along with a tag number, printed on the sheet, will be issued to you. Fill up the application form while waiting for your tag number to be called.

Step 3: Supporting Documents for Verification + Photo-Taking 
Look out for your tag number on the television screen. Once your number has been televised, proceed to the allocated booth number. The officer will verify your application form, after which, a free digital photo will be taken for your Hong Kong Identity Card. Thereafter, you would have to proceed on to another waiting area. 

Here are some tips I have on looking good for your photo! 
  • Face the camera with an expression of ease
  • Wear light make up if need be and avoid using dark coloured toned cosmetics
  • Have plenty of sleep and rest beforehand to maintain a fresh and lively look
  • If you wear glasses, non-reflective lens will produce better results
  • Dress appropriately and preferably in dark coloured clothing
Step 4:  Supporting Documents for Verification  + Collection Slip
This is the final booth whereby your Hong Kong Identity Card collection slip will be issued. It takes about 2 weeks for your Hong Kong Identity Card to be ready. So meanwhile, ensure you do not lose the collection slip as no duplicates will be given. 

Check out the Supporting Documents which you will be required to bring!
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as well!

For now, stay tuned for our next post!

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