Guide for Changing Name while Being Outside of Hong Kong
This is a step-by-step guide to help you change your name on your Hong Kong Identity Card and Hong Kong Passport when you are physically outside of Hong Kong. In this regard, we understand that the Hong Kong government only accepts name change applications for amending both the Hong Kong Identity Card and the Hong Kong Passport when a Hong Kong Permanent Resident resides outside of Hong Kong.
First Stage: Obtaining the Right Document
Preferred Option: Deed Poll
The most common document accepted by the Immigration Department for legally changing name in Hong Kong is a deed poll. If you wish to know more on how to obtain a deed poll, please click here. Once you have obtained a deed poll, you need to sign it and have the signature witnessed before a notary public in the country that you are currently residing.
***A photocopy of your notarized deed poll must be included with your applications forms when you apply to have your name changed.
Other Option: Other Documents
Other documents (e.g. marriage certificate, foreign passport) may be accepted by the Immigration Department to support a name change application but whether such document will be accepted will vary case by case. We suggest that you confirm with the Immigration Department of Hong Kong in advance that such document will be accepted to support your name change before moving to the stage.
Second Stage: Filling in All the Necessary Forms
In order to amend the registered name on your Hong Kong Identity Card and Hong Kong Passport, you are required to fill-in the following forms* (“Application Forms”) :
- ROP 73 — Application for Amendment of Registered Particulars of Hong Kong Identity Card (Download PDF)
- ROP 143 — Application for a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card by a Person of the Age of 18 Years or Over Resident Overseas (Download PDF)
- ID 843 — Application for HKSAR passport (for persons 16 years of age or above applying outside Hong Kong) (Download PDF)
ID 853A — Fee Payment Form for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport to be collected at Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Mission (CDCM) (Download PDF)
*You also to print out and include a printed copy (leave it blank) of Form ID 845 — Overseas Processing Form for HKSAR passport/and Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card (Download PDF).
You will be required to select which Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Mission (“CDCM") you want your new Hong Kong Passport and Hong Kong Identity Card to be delivered to. There is a list of all the CDCMs around the world available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China which can be accessed here.
Third Step: Submitting Application Forms to the Immigration Department
You must submit all your Application Forms, a cheque (with the correct amount for the processing fees of the government), copies of your supporting documents (e.g. photocopy of your deed poll), and Hong Kong Identity Card by post to this address:
Travel Documents and Nationality (Application) Section,
Immigration Department, 4/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Final Step: Collecting your New Hong Kong Identity Card and Passport
Assuming your application is accepted by the Immigration Department of Hong Kong, you will normally be required to collect your new Hong Kong Passport and Hong Kong Identity Card at the CDCM that you have previously selected. In light of the situation brought on by COVID, we suggest contacting the CDCM that you have selected and see how they handle the collection of passports and Hong Kong Identity Cards. In this regard, we understand that in certain circumstances some CDCM will allow Hong Kong Passport and Hong Kong Identity Card to be delivered by courier instead of being picked up.