How to Change Name
 in Hong Kong

Overview

This is a step by step guide to help you changing your name (or the name of your child) by way of a deed poll in Hong Kong.

First Step: Obtaining the Right Documents

The most common document accepted by the Registration of Persons Office for legally changing name in Hong Kong is a deed poll. A deed poll is a legal document binding a person to express an active intention, in this case this intention is to use a new name. If you wish to know more on how to obtain a deed poll, please click here.

Other documents (e.g. marriage certificate, foreign passport) may be  accepted by the Registration of Persons Office to support a name change application but whether such document will be accepted will vary case by case.

Second Step: Fill in Form ROP73

In order to change the registered name on your Hong Kong Identity Card, you have to fill-in and submit Form ROP73 (Application for Amendment of Registered Particulars of Hong Kong Identity Card).

You can download a PDF copy of Form ROP73 ("Application Form") directly from the Hong Kong Immigration Department (Download PDF).

Third Step: Submit Application Form to the Registration of Persons Office

There are three methods for submitting your Application Form. You may submit your Application Form and copies of your supporting documents:

By E-Mail: You may send an email to [email protected] attaching therein both your Application Form and electronic (PDF) copies of your supporting documents.

By Post: You may send by post your Application Form and copies of your supporting documents to the Registration of Persons General and Statistics Unit using the following address:

Registration of Persons General and Statistics Unit

12/F, Immigration Tower

7 Gloucester Road

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

In Person: You may submit the Application Form and supporting documents in person at any Registration of Persons (ROP) Office. You may find all the addresses for the ROP Offices here.

The main advantage of submitting the Application Form in person is that you might be able to have your application processed on the same day.

Final Step: Attend Interview

If your Application Form and supporting documents are accepted, the Registration of Persons Office will contact you to schedule an in-person interview at one of the Registration of Persons Offices. You will asked to bring the original copies of your supporting documents during your interview. Once your application is approved, you will be required to apply for a new identity card and it will be replaced for a fee of HKD460.

Additional Step: Updating the Name on your Hong Kong Passport

Once you have received your new identity card with your new name, you can apply to update the name on your Hong Kong Passport by fill-in and submit Form ID 854 (Application for Amending a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport) to the Immigration Department.

You can download a PDF copy of Form ID 854 directly from the Hong Kong Immigration Department (Download PDF).

Additional Step: Foreign Passport Holders

Foreign nationals should keep in mind that foreign governments usually require that a deed poll evidencing a name change be executed before a notary public and apostilled.

The Hong Kong Judicary offers at the High Court an apostille service at a fee of HK$125 per document apostilled. It takes usually two working days for a document to be apostilled by the Apostille. Details of the application procedures can be found on its website.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions which are not addressed here or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact us by telephone on +852 2176 4777 or by email at [email protected].

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