With the government’s smart (Hong Kong ID) card replacement initiative now in full swing, residents including domestic helpers are encouraged to begin setting an appointment schedule to avail the mandatory card replacement application offered by the government.
In line with this, nine newly opened Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres on the island have begun operations in anticipation of the influx of applicants who have secured an appointment schedule via the immigration website.
Residents Can Now Access HKID Replacement Centres Island-wide
Other than being a mandatory requirement by the government, the new smart ID card offers enhanced features, durability, and microchip technology to access public services offered by the Hong Kong government, as shared in a report by the Sun.
As of now, the Immigration Department (ImmD) has begun replacing smart Hong Kong ID cards of employees of the Immigration Service, police officers and labour officials, to allow them to become acquainted with the new features offered by the new smart ID card in addressing illegal immigration and employment on the island.
Furthermore, the Chief Executive, the members of the Executive Council and the Legislative Council, as well as Principal Officials are given the option to replace their existing smart HKICs during this period as a way to formally promote and introduce the merits and benefits of the new smart ID cards.
For the second phase of the initiative, which is set to run from January 21 to March 30, the ImmD will accommodate residents born in 1985 or 1986 for the replacement of their existing Hong Kong ID cards.
During the third phase, which is scheduled to run from April 1 to June 1, Hong Kong residents born in 1968 or 1969 will be accommodated for the replacement of their Hog Kong ID cards.
There will be further announcements regarding the replacement exercise table for other age groups as the program progresses. Click HERE to check the list of card replacement centres in Hong Kong.