Driver Testing

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?

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 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 seven 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?

When you lose your learner's driving licence, you should apply for a duplicate before you 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
  • 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

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 Hong Kong Licensing Office and Driving Test Appointment Office. Leaflets printed by respective driving instructors' associations containing contact information of their members are also placed at the above offices. The locations of the above offices are:

  • Hong Kong Licensing Office
    3/F United Centre
    95 Queensway, Hong Kong 
  • Driving Test Appointment Office
    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.

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 now (e.g. water/electricity/gas/mobile phone bill or bank correspondence.) 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.
   
  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 now (e.g. water/electricity/gas/mobile phone bill or bank correspondence.) and the 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 Internet.

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.

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 now (e.g. water/electricity/gas/mobile phone bill or bank correspondence.) 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 Internet or when submitting your licensing application.

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 obtain a learner's driving licence and take the driving test 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
(click here for image with illustration)

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 apply for a learner's driving licence and take the relevant driving tests again before obtaining a full driving licence with relevant commercial vehicle classes.