Driving Tests

1.  I have just passed my driving test. What do I need to do to apply for a driving licence?
2.  When can I apply for a probationary / full driving licence after passing the driving test?
3.  What is the validity period of written test and road test?
4.  If a candidate fails his/her driving test, when could he/she re-apply for a driving test?
5.  How to apply for a repeater early test appointment?
6.  What is the waiting time for written test?
7.  If the appointment date of my driving test is beyond the expiry date of my learner driving licence, do I need to apply for a new learner driving licence?
8.  If my learner's driving licence is lost, do I need to apply for a duplicate in order to attend the driving test?
9.  What are the addresses of all the driving test centres in Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories?
10.  What are the alternatives to learn driving? Besides, what should a learner driver be aware while he/she is going to learn driving?
11.  Could I postpone my driving test?
12.  What are the application procedures for postponement? Which documents should be submitted?
13. What should I know if I choose to submit my driving test postponement application by post or via the Hong Kong Licencing Office?
14.  How would I be allotted with a new test date subsequent to the acceptance of my driving test postponement application?
15.  If I wish to postpone my test to a date after the end-of-list appointment date or cancel the test appointment temporarily only without being allotted with a new test appointment, what should I do?
16. Can I change the test region for my driving road test?
17. Would my driving test be cancelled in case of bad weather conditions?
18. If I have questions about the driving test appointment matters (e.g. driving test postponement, etc), what can I do? 

Driving Licensing - General

1.  My driving licence is due to expire shortly. What do I need to do?
2.  If I apply for renewal of a driving licence after the date of its expiry, would there be any additional fees?
3.  Why is it necessary for me to renew a probationary driving licence?
4.  I have lost my driving licence. How can I apply for a duplicate licence?
5.  I have changed my address. What do I need to do?
6.  I have changed my name. What do I need to do?
7.  I have recently developed a medical condition. What do I need to do?
8.  If I hold an International Driving Permit, can I drive in Hong Kong with the Permit?
9.  If a person holds an International Driving Permit issued outside Hong Kong, can he/she drive in Hong Kong?
10.  How does an applicant for direct issue of Full Hong Kong Driving Licence prove that his/her driving licence was originally issued on any date during a period of residence of not less 6 months in the issuing country or place?
11.  Is there any restriction on the residence period of the applicant in Hong Kong for the application for direct issue of Full Hong Kong Driving Licence without test on the strength of an overseas driving licence?
12.  Can a holder of a valid driving licence issued in a country or place other than those in the Schedule 4 of Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations apply for a Temporary Driving Licence if he/she has been in Hong Kong for more than three months?
13.  Does the use of electric skateboard and electric bike require a licence?
14.  Does the uses of skatebike require a licence?
15. What is the format of Hong Kong driving licence?

Full Driving Licence with Commercial Vehicle Class(es)

1.  Which class(es) of vehicle are categorized as commercial vehicles?
2.  What is the residence requirement for applying for first issue/ renewal/ addition of a full driving licence to drive commercial vehicles?
3.  Who are Hong Kong permanent residents?
4.  If I am not a Hong Kong permanent resident and wish to apply for a commercial driving licence, how can I know that I am not subject to any "condition of stay"?
5.  What kind of supporting documents are required to prove that the applicant meets the residence requirement for applying for a full driving licence to drive commercial vehicles?
6.  If the applicant subsequently becomes a Hong Kong permanent resident or is not subject to any condition of stay, could he/she re-apply for the issue of commercial driving licence that has previously been refused?

Driver Testing

1. I have just passed my driving test. What do I need to do to apply for a driving licence?

Once you have passed your driving tests, you can approach the Licensing Office of the Transport Department after 7 working days but not exceeding 3 years from the date of passing the driving test to apply for a probationary or full driving licence. Please consult the staff of the Licensing Office the relevant application form for applying a probationary / full driving licence for the respective driving entitlement(s). Upon submission of your application, your identity document, original of Test Form (not applicable to: (a) renewal of full driving licence; and (b) first issue of or addition of driving entitlement to full driving licence after completion of the probationary driving period), address proof and original of Learner's Driving Licence (if any), if any, have to be produced and you have to pay the appropriate licence fee.

If you already hold a valid full driving licence and have passed driving test of an additional entitlement, please complete the relevant application form to apply for an extension of your driving licence to cover additional driving entitlement(s). Your identity document, original of Test Form (not applicable to: (a) renewal of full driving licence; and (b) first issue of or addition of driving entitlement to full driving licence after completion of the probationary driving period) and Driving Licence have to be submitted together with the application form. A new full driving licence will then be issued to you free of charge.

2. When can I apply for a probationary / full driving licence after passing the driving test?

Learner drivers can go to our Licensing Offices to apply for a probationary / full driving licence 7 working days but not exceeding 3 years from the date of passing the driving test.

3. What is the validity period of written test and road test?

Candidates' "pass" result of written test can be retained forever. According to current legislations, if a candidate passes all parts of the driving test of a particular type of vehicle, including written test (Part A), Part B and Part C, he/she should apply for the driving licence of that type of vehicle after 7 working days but not exceeding 3 years from the date of passing the driving test. Otherwise, his/her pass result of Part B and Part C will be invalidated. Besides, if a person does not renew his/her driving licence within three years after the expiry of the licence, his/her pass result of Part B and Part C will also be invalidated.

On the other hand, if a candidate passes part of a driving test, the pass result of that part of test will be retained. For example, if a candidate only passes Part B in the combined test of Private Car, his/her pass result of Part B can be retained. The candidate can, at any time, apply for a Part C test.

4. If a candidate fails his/her driving test, when could he/she re-apply for a driving test?

If a candidate fails his/her driving test, he/she could go to our Licensing Offices to make a fresh application 7 working days after the date of driving test.

5. How to apply for a repeater early test appointment?

Eligible applicants can apply for a repeater early test appointment on a first-come-first-served basis through the internet (www.gov.hk/drivingtest) or the telephone (2866 8148). Please refer to “Notes to Candidates on Repeater Early Test Appointment Booking Service” for details.

6. What is the waiting time for written test?

There is not any fixed waiting time for driving tests, including written tests. In general, the waiting time of a driving test depends on the demand for that type of test. Candidates can dial 27717723 to obtain the latest information on the waiting time of different types of driving test.

7. If the appointment date of my driving test is beyond the expiry date of my learner driving licence, do I need to apply for a new learner driving licence?

In accordance with Road Traffic Ordinance, Cap 374, learner drivers should bring along with their valid learner driving licence when they receive training. Candidates can still attend the driving tests even though their learner driving licences are expired.

8. If my learner's driving licence is lost, do I need to apply for a duplicate in order to attend the driving test?

You are required to show your learner's driving licence, if any, at the road test test centre. If you lose it, you should apply for a duplicate before you continue receiving driving training and attend your driving test. To apply for a duplicate learner's driving licence, you should complete the form TD 106 and submit it to our Licensing Offices. The fee for the duplicate learner's driving licence is $110.

9. What are the addresses of all the driving test centres in Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories?

  • So Kon Po Driving Test Centre (Stadium Path, Hong Kong) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Happy Valley Driving Test Centre (15 Hawthorn Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Sheung On Driving Test Centre (Sheung On Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Driving Test Centre in New Horizon School of Motoring (Ap Lei Chau) (68 Lee Nam Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Pui Ching Road Driving test Centre (19 Pui Ching Road, Homantin, Kowloon) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Yau Tong Driving Test Centre (Shop G3 & G4 Ka Wing Arcade, 6 Ka Wing Street, Yau Tong, Kowloon) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Chak On Road Driving Test Centre (8 Chak On Road South, Shamshuipo, Kowloon) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Tin Kwong Road Driving Test Centre (11 Tin Kwong Road, Kowloon) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Chung Yee Street Driving Test Centre (5 Chung Yee Street, Kowloon) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Driving Test Centre in Kwun Tong Driving School (Kwun Tong Vehicular Ferry Pier, Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Tsuen Wan Driving Test Centre (231 Texaco Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Shek Yam Driving Test Centre (103 Lei Muk Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Yuen On Driving Test Centre (mobile driving test centre) (Yuen On Street, Shatin, New Territories) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Container Port Road South Driving Test Centre (mobile driving test centre) (Container Port Road South (between No. 3 roundabout and No. 4 roundabout), Kwai Chung, New Territories) Location Map
  • Driving Test Centre in Hong Kong School of Motoring (Sha Tin) (Shatin Wai Rd., Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin, New Territories) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Driving Test Centre in Hong Kong School of Motoring (Yuen Long) (38 Chung Yip Road, Yuen Long, New Territories) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Kwai Shing Driving Test Centre @ (60 Kwai Shing Circuit, Kwai Chung, New Territories) (Next to Kwai Shing Vehicle Retention Centre) Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map
  • Wing Hau Street Driving Test Centre @ (7 Wing Hau Street, Kwai Chung, New Territories) Location Map

@ Wing Hau Street Driving Test Centre is scheduled to commence operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. The Kwai Shing Driving Test Centre is scheduled to be closed in November 2016. Details will be announced later.

10. What are the alternatives to learn driving? Besides, what should a learner driver be aware while he/she is going to learn driving?

Learner drivers could receive driver training through one of the following ways:

1. Government Designated Driving Schools

At present, there are four designated driving schools in Hong Kong. Two of them are operated by the Hong Kong School of Motoring Ltd. which are situated in Shatin and Yuen Long respectively. Another designated driving school is the Kwun Tong Driving School which is operated by Quality Driver Training Centre Ltd. and situated in Kwun Tong. The remaining one is the Ap Lei Chau Driving School which is operated by New Horizon School of Motoring Ltd. and situated in Ap Lei Chau. All designated driving schools organize driver training courses and help learner drivers submit applications for driving tests to Transport Department. Their operations are bounded by the conditions as set out in the Code of Practice and closely monitored by the Transport Department. The contents of all training courses offered by designated driving schools are also approved by the Transport Department.

The contact details of the four designated driving schools are as follows:

District

 Name of School

Address of School 

Enquiry Hotline

 Shatin

Siu Lek Yuen Driving School 138 Shatin Wai Road, Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map

2866 6682

 Yuen Long

Yuen Long Driving School 38 Chung Yip Road, Yuen Long Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map

2866 6682

 Kwun Tong

Kwun Tong Driving School Kwun Tong Vehicular Ferry Pier, Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong
Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map

2967 7733

 Ap Lei Chau

Ap Lei Chau Driving School 68 Lee Nam Road, Ap Lei Chau, Aberdeen Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map

2866 6682

 

2. Private Driving Instructors

You can also receive driver training from private driving instructors. A list of private driving instructors is posted at our Driving Test Appointment Office. The address is:

  • 2/F Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices
    303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon Location Map Link to GeoInfo Map

Besides, the contact lists of Private Driving Instructors published by Transport Department can be viewed via links below:

In addition, some private organizations together with private driving instructors set up private driving schools with various sizes. Such private driving schools would also organize driver training courses to public.

Government designated driving schools, private driving instructors and private driving schools offer different kinds of driver training courses in the market. Learner drivers should consider the following before they decide to join any course:

1.  contents of the training courses
2.  restrictions on training courses with special offers
3.  prices of the courses and their total training hours
4.  reputation of the driving instructors or the driving schools
5.  advice and recommendations from friends and other driving licence holders

No matter which alternative you choose, make sure you receive sufficient training and possess basic driving skills and enough on-road experience before taking driving tests. For learner drivers without any driving experience, we recommend at least 30 hours of driver training before taking the test.

11. Could I postpone my driving test?

You should submit a written application for postponement to this Department at least 7 clear days before the test (that is, there should be 7 days between the day of the scheduled test and that day on which the notice is deemed to be received. If the application is sent by post, the date of postmark will be taken as the day on which the notice is deemed to be received. If the application is submitted via drop box, the date of submission is taken as the day on which the application is dropped), otherwise, the test form shall be invalidated. Please refer to the back of the appointment letter for related information. However, please note you could not postpone your repeater early test unless you apply it due to absent from the test on medical ground. Application for postponement due to absence of driving test on medical ground must be submitted within 1 month from the test date.  In addition, to ensure resources can be fully utilized, applicants may be requested to provide more details to explain the reason of making postponement for more than once. Please note that in general, postponement cannot be made on the date where the original end-of-list appointment is allotted because the new and original test date will likely be the same.

12. What are the application procedures for postponement? Which documents should be submitted?

You can submit the following documents to the Driving Test Appointment Office in person, by post*, or by authorized agent, or via Hong Kong Licensing Office in person or by authorized agent:-

(i) your original signed written postponement application letter or the postponement letter template duly filled with your original signature (with name and HKID No., driving test type and reason for postponement,etc. clearly stated);
(ii) the original appointment letter;
(iii) your identification document (original or copies) ;and
(iv) original medical sick leave certificate/ medical certificate covering the test date and test session and bearing the hospital/clinic chop and the original signature of a medical practitioner or Chinese medical practitioner registered in Hong Kong (applicable only for postponement due to absence of driving test on medical ground)

If you apply by authorized agent, he/she should bring along your original signed authorization letter and identity document of the agent in addition to the above documents. Application by phone, e-mail or fax will not be accepted. Please refer to the back of the appointment letter for related information.

There is no standard form for application letter, however, the Driving Appointment Office would provide a postponement letter template to those who needs to submit urgent application for completion over its counter. You may also download from the Department’s website, print by yourself and complete the template with your original signature (Press here (for non-commercial vehicle driving test postponement/ change of test region letter template / here (for commercial vehicle driving test postponement/ change of test region letter template) ). The template has listed the respective regulations. No matter you write your own letter or use the template, you must understand the postponement statements as listed on the template, the Department’s website and the appointment letter.  For documents requiring original signature, scanned / printed copies are NOT accepted.

*13. What should I know if I choose to submit my driving test postponement application by post or via the Hong Kong Licencing Office?

As the date of postmark on the envelope containing your application will be taken as the day on which the notice is deemed to be received by the Driving Appointment Office of this Department, please make your postal submission earlier to avoid the disputes/ problems over postmark issue which might be caused by posting date being close to the application deadline. Application with date of postmark after the submission deadline is considered late application. This Department would not process late application caused by the disputes/problems over the postmark date. To avoid the above-mentioned dispute, applicants are advised to consider purchasing a “Certificate of Posting” displaying the posting date and information of the addressee from the Hong Kong Post for record purpose, if deemed necessary.

Also, underpaid mail items are subject to surcharge by Hongkong Post. This department will not accept underpaid mail items, which will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post. For proper delivery of your mail items to the department, and to avoid unnecessary delivery delay or unsuccessful delivery, please ensure your mail items bear sufficient postage with return address before posting. Please note details about postage and pay attention to the New Postage Structure. (Details)

If you are yet to receive our feedback or new appointment letter within 1 month after posting us the application or submitting the application via Hong Kong Licensing Office, you must approach the Driving Test Appointment Office by phone (Hotline No: 2771 7723) as soon as possible and proactively for timely follow-up actions. If you submit application at a time close to the application deadline, you must approach the Office by phone to enquire the postal status on or before the application deadline, so that you may still be able to re-submit the application in time where necessary, and to ensure that you would be informed of the new test appointment details and receive the new appointment letter as soon as possible before the test.

This Department would not accept request for re-scheduling of driving test due to missing the new test date or late postponement application for the reason of including but not limited to not receiving the appointment letter issued by this Department.

14. How would I be allotted with a new test date subsequent to the acceptance of my driving test postponement application?

An end-of-list appointment will be allocated to you subject to the prevailing waiting time of the respective test type at the original test centre*. Selection of new test date and time is not allowed, and the original test appointment will be cancelled and not be retrieved under any circumstances upon acceptance of the application. For general postponement applications,

(1) if you submit the application in person or via authorized agent at the Driving Test Appointment Office (DTAO), under normal circumstances, you will be scheduled with a respective end-of-list test appointment immediately at the prevailing waiting time and be issued with a new appointment letter ;
(2) if you submit the application by post or via Hong Kong Licensing Office, the allotment would be made at the time the application is approved by DTAO and the test date will fall on that prevailing and respective end-of-list appointment date. The new appointment letter would be issued to the applicant by normal post at the address registered with this Department.

The handling method (2) is also applicable to application of postponement due to absence of driving test on medical ground regardless of the submission method.  Applicant shall pay attention to the delivery of the new appointment letter. As regard to the application processing time, please refer to the information in the postponement letter template. 

If the test form expires at the time of the new driving test appointment so arranged subsequent to the test postponement application (it is valid for a period of 18 months from the issue date), you have to purchase a new test form at least 10 working days before the new test date in order to be allowed to take the test. On the other hand, checking the latest updated reference end-of-list appointment date and selecting the most appropriate time and suitable method for submission of postponement application would facilitate you in making timely submission and being able to attend the driving test at the new test date.

URL (updated on weekly basis):  Transport Department's homepage >Public Services > Licences & Permits > Driving Test
http://www.td.gov.hk/en/public_services/licences_and_permits/driving_test/index.html

Hotline (updated daily) : 2771 7723

However, the end-of-list appointment date information is for reference only. It changes in accordance with the changing application statuses.  The new test date to be allotted will be the prevailing and respective end-of-list test date when the application is being approved by DTAO.

* A new Driving Test Centre (DTC) at 7 Wing Hau Street, Kwai Chung, New Territories, which is for conducting non-commercial vehicle driving tests, is scheduled to commence operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. The Kwai Shing DTC is scheduled to be closed in November 2016. Candidates having driving test appointment at the Kwai Shing DTC and applying for postponement of test will be arranged to take the driving test at the Wing Hau Street DTC if the rescheduled test date is after closure of the Kwai Shing DTC. Details will be announced later.

15. If I wish to postpone my test to a date after the end-of-list appointment date or cancel the test appointment temporarily only without being allotted with a new test appointment, what should I do?

You may consider applying for temporary cancellation of test appointment. Upon successful temporary cancellation of driving test, the original driving test appointment scheduled will be temporarily cancelled and would not be allotted with a new end-of-list test appointment of the respective test type at the original test centre as in the case of driving test postponement. You have to contact the Driving Test Appointment Office and initiate the request for test re-scheduling later at an appropriate time. Application procedures, documents required and the points to note for temporary cancellation of driving test and driving test postponement are the same. 

16. Can I change the test region for my driving road test?

The Transport Department would follow the choice of test region of candidate (now test regions available for selection are “Kowloon and the New Territories” and “Hong Kong”) and allot a driving test centre (where the respective test type can be conducted therein) and the respective end-of-list test appointment date by a computer system. In other words, candidate can select their test region but cannot specify the driving test centre.  If you wish to change your driving test region, you have to submit your application at least 7 clear days* before your test (that is, there should be 7 days between the day of the scheduled test and that day on which the notice is deemed to be received. If the application is sent by post, the date of postmark will be taken as the day on which the notice is deemed to be received. If the application is submitted via drop box, the date of submission is taken as the day on which the application is dropped) and submit the following documents :-

(i) your original signed written application letter or letter template for change of test region duly filled with your original signature;
(ii) the original appointment letter; and
(iii) your identification document (original or copies)

Application method, required documents and the points to note are the same as of the postponement application; you may also use the postponement / change of test region letter template for application (Press here (for non-commercial vehicle driving test postponement/ change of test region letter template) / here (for commercial vehicle driving test postponement/ change of test region letter template) )

On the other hand, if you wish to change your test region back to the original one later, they will be allotted with an end-of-list appointment at the original test centre in the original test region.

17. Would my driving test be cancelled in case of bad weather conditions?

Rainy Days or Slippery Roads
For driving tests of all vehicle classes, under these circumstances, the examiner has the right not to test a candidate in view of safety concerns. Affected candidates would be notified by our staff of the new appointment arranged if the test is cancelled. If candidates do not receive the new appointment 2 weeks after the original test date, please contact our staff at 2771 7723. For road test of motorcycle, if candidate would like to apply for postponement of the road test, the candidate should make such request in person at the test center on the original test date. Failure to do so will be regarded as absent of test and result in invalidation of the candidate's test form.

Bad Weather
If either typhoon signal no. 8 or above is hoisted or black rainstorm warning signal is issued, driving tests of all vehicle classes (including written test and road test) will be rescheduled. If such signals are still hoisted at 7:00 a.m., all driving tests scheduled before 1:00p.m. will be cancelled. If such signals are still hoisted at 11:30a.m., all driving test in the afternoon session will also be cancelled. Candidates who are scheduled to take driving test do not have to report to the test center in person. Affected candidates would be approached and notified by our staff of the new appointment arranged. If the black rainstorm warning signal is issued during service hours (i.e. 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.), all driving tests will be suspended. If the black rainstorm warning signal is lowered during service hours, the driving test service will resume, depending on the on-road traffic conditions (not applicable to road test of motorcycles). For road test of motorcycles, once either typhoon signal no. 8 or above is hoisted or black/red/amber rainstorm warning signal is issued, even if such signals are lowered later on the day, in case candidates are unable to report to the test center in person due to weather condition, they would be approached and notified by our staff of the new appointment arranged.

Candidates should pay attention to the announcements on radio and television for the latest arrangements.

If candidates (whose driving test was cancelled) do not receive the new appointment 2 weeks after the original test date, please contact our staff at 2771 7723.

18. If I have questions about the driving test appointment matters (e.g. driving test postponement, etc), what can I do?

All regulations and procedures of various type of applications relating to driving test appointment matters stated on the appointment letter and the websites of this Department are up-to-date and are final.  You may also call 1823 Government Hotline or call the hotline of Driving Test Appointment Office at 2771 7723 within office hours for follow-up actions.

Driving Licensing - General

1. My driving licence is due to expire shortly. What do I need to do?

  For Probationary Driving Licence
  You may apply for renewal of probationary driving licence within 15 days prior to the date of expiry or within 3 years as from the date of expiry. Please complete the application form (TD590) and submit it together with your identity document, proof of present address (residential address and correspondence address) which is issued not more than 3 months from the application date when submitting licensing applications and the required licence fee to any one of the Transport Department Licensing Offices in person or by agent, or to P. O. Box 68115, Kowloon East Post Office, Hong Kong by post. Details of acceptable address proof can be referred to the following link.
   
  For Full Driving Licence
 

You may apply for renewal of full driving licence within 4 months prior to the date of expiry or within 3 years as from the date of expiry. Please complete the application form (TD557) and submit it together with your identity document, proof of present address (residential address and correspondence address) which is issued not more than 3 months from the application date when submitting licensing applications and the required licence fee to any one of the Transport Department Licensing Offices in person or by agent, or to P. O. Box 68115, Kowloon East Post Office, Hong Kong by post. You may also renew your full driving licence through the Internet. Details of acceptable address proof can be referred to the following link.

Underpaid mail items will be rejected. For proper delivery of your mail items to the department, please ensure your mail items bear sufficient postage with return address.(Details)

2. If I apply for renewal of a driving licence after the date of its expiry, would there be any additional charges?

No additional charge is required when application for probationary/full driving licence renewal is made after the date of expiry. However, probationary/full driving licences which have expired for a period exceeding 3 years are NOT renewable.

3. Why is it necessary for me to renew a probationary driving licence?

A probationary driving licence is valid for 12 months from the date of its issue. If the requisite probationary driving period of any probationary vehicle class has not yet been fulfilled upon expiry of the probationary driving licence, you are required to renew the probationary driving licence to ensure that you get a valid probationary driving licence to continue with the remaining probationary driving period. A probationary driving licence can be renewed for 6 months each time.

4.I have lost my driving licence. How can I apply for a duplicate licence?

If your driving licence has been lost or defaced, you may apply for a duplicate licence using the form TD106 and submit it with your identity document (a photocopy is acceptable) and the appropriate fee (together with the defaced licence, if applicable) to any one of the Transport Department Licensing Offices or to P.O. Box 68115, Kowloon East Post Office, Hong Kong by post. In case the lost or defaced driving licence will expire within 4 months, you may apply for renewal of driving licence (form TD557) instead of obtaining a new one. Underpaid mail items will be rejected. For proper delivery of your mail items to the department, please ensure your mail items bear sufficient postage with return address. (Details)

5. I have changed my address. What do I need to do?

A driving licence holder should notify the Transport Department in writing of any change in his/her name, address or identity document within 72 hours after such change. Therefore, if you have changed your address, please notify the Transport Department in writing or by submitting the completed form (TD559) together with proof of present address (residential address and correspondence address) which is issued not more than 3 months from the date submitting the notification to any one of the Transport Department Licensing Offices in person or by agent, or to P. O. Box 68115, Kowloon East Post Office, Hong Kong by post. You may also report your new address through the Internet or when submitting your licensing application. Details of acceptable address proof can be referred to the following link.

6. I have changed my name. What do I need to do?

A driving licence holder should notify the Transport Department in writing of any change in the name, address or identity document within 72 hours after such change. Upon the change in your name, please notify the Transport Department in writing or complete the form TD559 stating the new name and submit it together with the original of your identity document, the original driving licence / vehicle registration document and original and photocopy of a deed of poll from solicitor to any one of the Transport Department Licensing Offices. We will then issue a new driving licence / vehicle registration document licence free of charge and update our computer records accordingly.

7. I have recently developed a medical condition. What do I need to do?

Under the Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations 9 (2A), during the validity of your driving licence, once you become aware that you suffer from any disease or physical disability that may affect your driving of a vehicle of any such class as authorized by your driving licence to drive, you must immediately give notice in writing to the Commissioner for Transport.

8. If I hold an International Driving Permit, can I drive in Hong Kong with the Permit?

According to our legislation, the holder of an International Driving Permit cannot drive with the permit in the issuing country of such a permit. Therefore, a holder cannot drive in Hong Kong with an International Driving Permit issued in Hong Kong, he shall drive with his valid full Hong Kong Driving Licence in Hong Kong.

9. If a person holds an International Driving Permit issued outside Hong Kong, can he/she drive in Hong Kong?

A visitor to Hong Kong, as a holder of a valid International Driving Permit issued outside Hong Kong, can drive in Hong Kong the class of motor vehicle authorized by his/her valid International Driving Permit issued outside Hong Kong for 12 months starting from the date of his/her arrival in Hong Kong provided that he/she satisfies the legal age requirement - 18 year sold for private car, light goods vehicle, motor cycle and motor tricycle; 21 years old for other types of motor vehicles.

10. How does an applicant for direct issue of full Hong Kong Driving Licence prove that his/her driving licence was originally issued on any date during a period of residence of not less 6 months in the issuing country or place?

The applicant can provide the following documents:

(1)  the entry chops on the passport:
 
  • A passport with an entry stamp and a departure stamp which makes a period of six months or more.
 
  • The driving licence must be issued on any date during this period of residence.
(2)  the documents to prove studentship:
 
  • Transcript
 
  • School letter
(3)  The documents to prove employment:
 
  • salary statement
 
  • employment letter
Remark:
 
  • For items (2) and (3) above-mentioned, these are supporting documents. Applicant is still required to provide passport or equivalent travel document for arrival and departure records during the residence period in which his / her driving licence was issued.

11. Is there any restriction on the residence period of the applicant in Hong Kong for the application for direct issue of full Hong Kong Driving Licence without test on the strength of an overseas driving licence?

There is no restriction on the residence period of the applicant in Hong Kong for such application.

12. Can a holder of a valid driving licence issued in a country or place other than those in the Schedule 4 of Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations apply for a Temporary Driving Licence if he/she has been in Hong Kong for more than three months?

An applicant for a Temporary Driving Licence should hold a valid driving licence issued in a country or place other than those in Schedule 4. He/she should have applied for a driving test within 3 months after the date of his / her arrival in Hong Kong to take up residence. If he/she is not eligible for applying temporary driving licence, he/she then has to take the driving test and obtain a learner's driving licence if he/she wishes to learn to drive in order to obtain a Full Hong Kong Driving Licence. An application for a Full Hong Kong Driving Licence can be submitted upon his/her passing the appropriate driving tests.

13. Does the use of electric skateboard and electric bike require a licence?

Under the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap. 374), the use of motor cycle and motor tricycle on roads in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region requiries a licence. It will be necessary to pass type approval of such motor cycle and motor tricycle on eg. lightings, brake systems etc match stipulated standards. Also under Road Traffic (Registration and Licensing of Vehicles) Regulations, the Commissioner for Transport reserves the rights to determine the suitablity of vehicles for roadworthiness. The driver should possess valid driving licence for motor cycle and motor tricycle. Electric skateboard and electric bike currently available for sale in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (electrical or petrol driver) fail to meet the above statutory requirements. Transport Department has licensed NONE of these products. It is an offence to drive or use unregistered and unlicensed vehicles on road under Section 52 of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374). Commission of the offence is subject to a fine of $5,000 and imprisionment for 3 months.

14. Does the uses of skatebike require a licence?

There is no registration and licensing requirements for skatebike. However, if the use of such skatebike constitutes a nuisance, then such users will be liable to penalties under Summary Offences Ordinance (Cap.228) for causing annoyance of the inhabitants or passers-by or for obstructing the same, or creating a noisy assembly.

15. What is the format of Hong Kong driving licence?

At present, there are two valid formats of Hong Kong driving licence.  One is the version issued before 28 October, 2002; and the other has been issued with effect from 28 October, 2002

Please click below to view images of the different formats

format of driving licence issued before 28 October, 2002

format of driving licence issued since 28 October, 2002
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Full Driving Licence with Commercial Vehicle Class(es)

1. Which class(es) of vehicle are categorized as commercial vehicles?

Private Light Bus, Public Light Bus, Taxi, Private Bus, Public Bus, Public Bus - Franchised, Medium Goods Vehicle, Heavy Goods Vehicle, Articulated Vehicle and Special Purpose Vehicle are considered as Commercial Vehicles.

2. What is the residence requirement for applying for first issue/ renewal/ addition of a full driving licence to drive commercial vehicles?

To apply for a full driving licence with commercial vehicle classes, the applicant must fulfill the application requirements and he/she must be the holder of a Hong Kong Identity Card (other than a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card) and is not subject to any condition of stay other than a limit of stay as defined in section 2(1) of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115).

3. Who are Hong Kong permanent residents?

A permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region should be the holder of a valid Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card, on which it is printed with "Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card" and "The holder of this card has the right of abode in Hong Kong" at the front top and back of the card respectively.

4. If I am not a Hong Kong permanent resident and wish to apply for a commercial driving licence, how can I know that I am not subject to any "condition of stay"?

An applicant who is not a holder of a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card should ensure that there is no condition of visitor, student or employment endorsed on this travel document; or the travel document is not endorsed with a condition that "Employment is not permitted".  In case of doubt, they may check with the Immigration Department.

5. What kind of supporting documents are required to prove that the applicant meets the residence requirement for applying for a full driving licence to drive commercial vehicles?

The applicant should provide the following documents:
i) Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card (Photocopy); or
ii) Hong Kong Identity Card (Photocopy) and a valid travel document (Original and Photocopy) to show that the applicant is not subject to any condition of stay other than a limit of stay as defined in section 2(1) of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115).

Driving Licence Application RequirementsRequired Documents 

First Issue/ Renewal/ Addition of Entitlement to a Full Driving Licence to drive Commercial Vehicle Class(es)

1. Hong Kong Permanent Resident Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card (Photocopy)
2. Person who is not subject to any condition of stay Hong Kong Identity Card (Photocopy) and a valid travel document (Original and Photocopy) to show that the applicant is not subject to any condition of stay other than a limit of stay as defined in section 2(1) of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap.115)

6. If the applicant subsequently becomes a Hong Kong permanent resident or is not subject to any condition of stay, could he/she re-apply for the issue of commercial driving licence that has previously been refused?

According to Section 11 and 15 of the Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations (Cap. 374B), applicant can apply for a full driving licence within 3 years after passing all parts of the driving test and a full driving licence must be renewed within 3 years after its expiry. If the applicant cannot fulfill the residence requirement at the time when applying for issue or renewal of the full driving licence for commercial classes but he/she meets the residence requirement (i.e. Hong Kong permanent resident/ subject to no condition of stay) afterwards, he/she may apply for the commercial classes within 3 years from the passing date of driving tests or within 3 years after the expiry of the most recent full driving licence with commercial driving classes. Otherwise, he/she will be required to take the relevant driving tests again and obtain a learner's driving licence if he/she wishes to learn to drive before obtaining a full driving licence with relevant commercial vehicle classes.