How to Apply for Vehicle & Driving Licences

You must, first of all, complete the relevant application forms which can be obtained on the Internet. Download forms

The application forms are also available at the enquiry counter of any of the Licensing Offices of Transport Department, the Home Affairs Department Public Enquiry Service Centres, Post Offices and through the 24-hour Enquiry Hotline (852) 2804 2600 to obtain a fax copy.

After you have completed the application form, forward it, together with relevant supporting documents and the appropriate fee, either in person or by post as appropriate, to the licensing offices concerned.

Download application guidelines :-

Online Application

You can now access the following licensing services through GovHK (web site www.gov.hk):

 

Appointment Booking Service

You may choose to make an appointment for renewal of full driving licence or vehicle licence. You may call the 24-hour Interactive Voice Response System of the Appointment Booking Service at 3763 8080 or logging on the GovHK (web site: www.gov.hk) to make an appointment free of charge. Having an appointment, you or your agent can renew your full driving licence or vehicle licence at the designated counter of the selected Licensing Office with the completed application form and required documents during the appointed timeslot.

Online appointment booking for full driving licence renewal

Online appointment booking for vehicle licence renewal

Details of supporting documents and application procedures:

What You Should Note

  • Use the right application form. Before completing it, read the notes on the application form carefully;
  • Ensure that all relevant parts in the form are duly completed;
  • Remember to sign the form;
  • Check if your address on the form is clear and correct;
  • Ensure that your application is accompanied by all necessary supporting documents;
  • From 19 May 2007, driving licence holders who apply for renewal of full driving licences, probationary driving licences or driving instructors' licences are not required to produce their existing licences. Also, those who apply for driving instructors' licences or international driving permits do not need to produce their full driving licences;
  • Do not send cash by post. Crossed cheques/cashier orders for the correct amount of fees should be made payable to either "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" or "The Government of the HKSAR". Please write down your name, first four characters/digits of your identity document number/vehicle registration mark and daytime contact telephone number on the back of the cheques/cashier orders;
  • Make sure that you have settled all moving or parking offence penalties imposed on you or your vehicle;
  • If you choose to settle outstanding court fines by cheque, your subsequent application for licensing services to the Transport Department in respect of driving licence, vehicle licence and transfer of vehicle ownership would only be processed 7 working days after the date of payment;
  • The Commissioner for transport is not empowered to issue any driving licence or vehicle licence to you if there are any outstanding court orders directing the Commissioner for Transport to refuse to issue the said licence to you;
  • If a change occurs in the name, address or identity document of a driving licence holder/registered owner previously provided by the driving licence holder/registered owner to the Commissioner for Transport, the driving licence holder/registered owner shall, within 72 hours of the change, notify the Commissioner for Transport in writing or by submitting the completed Transport Department Form (TD559) with the proof of change. Any person who without reasonable excuse contravenes such requirement commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $2,000. For cases of change of name or change of identity document, the driving licence holder/registered owner shall also deliver to the Commissioner for Transport the existing original driving licence (if applicable), original driving instructor's licence (if applicable), original vehicle registration document (if applicable), vehicle licence (if applicable) and Certification of Allocation of Personalized Registration Mark (if applicable) for amendment;
  • The Commissioner for Transport may, in processing licensing application, require the applicant to produce proof of his/her present address (residential and correspondence address, e.g. water/ electricity/gas/mobile phone bill or bank correspondence), and may suspend the processing of the application until the production of such proof. Therefore, applicants please bring along your proof of present address (issued not more than 3 months from now) for presentation as and when requested by officers of licensing offices;
  • With effect from 16 September 2008, applicants are required to produce 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) when applying for the Registration of Vehicle, First Issue of Learner's Driving Licence / Full Driving Licence / Driving Instructor's Licence / Temporary Driving Licence / Vehicle Licence, Renewal of Full Driving Licence / Vehicle Licence, Direct Issue of Full Driving Licence and Change of Address. Transport Department may suspend the processing of the above applications until the production of address proof; and
  • For any change of address notified under any Transport Deparment application form, all vehicle/driving licence records of the applicant under the same identity document held by this Department will also be changed.

Renewal of Full Driving Licence

The validity of the 10-year full driving licences issued since 1997 are gradually expiring.  According to the law, a driving licence shall not be renewed after 3 years of expiry.  Should a driving licence holder fail to renew his full driving licence within 3 years after the expiry date, he will need to take driving test again and to complete the probationary driving period before obtaining a full driving licence for private car, light goods vehicle, motor cycle or motor tricycle.  Furthermore, the licence holder will only be eligible for applying for commercial driving licence 2 years after obtaining his full driving licence of private car or light goods vehicle. To remind driving licence holders to renew their licences in time, the Transport Department will send them a "Full Driving Licence Renewal Notice cum Application Form" (TD578) printed with a renewal password before the expiry of the licences. Another reminder (TD601) will be sent to licence holders whose licences are about to expire for three years shortly and yet to be renewed. Driving licence can be renewed within 4 months before the expiry date or within 3 years after the licence has expired. Driving licence holders with expired driving licences are not allowed to drive.

Application for renewal can be made using either the "Full Driving Licence Renewal Notice cum Application Form" (TD578), and its reminder (TD601) or the application form for "Application for New Issue, Renewal and Addition Full Driving Licence & Driving Instructor's Licence" (TD557) through the following means:

   
(a) by post to P.O. Box 68115, Kowloon East Post Office;  
   
(b) drop boxes in any of the Transport Department Licensing Offices or specified post offices located in 18 districts of Hong Kong PDF (*Printable Version) (no postage is needed); or  
   
(c) in person/by agent over the counters of the Transport Department Licensing Offices, perferably making advanced appointment through Transport Department's Appointment Booking Service either by phone (tel: 3763 8080) or through Internet.  
   

Alternatively, renewal can be made online. Apart from the use of digital certificates, licence holders can also use the 8-digit Renewal Password printed on the TD578 or TD601, together with the number of their identity document registered with Transport Department, to authenticate their identity.  If you have not received the renewal password before or have lost it, you may obtain a new password by submitting an application PDF (*Printable Version) to the Transport Department

The validity period of full driving licence and the appropriate fee for renewal of full driving licence can be referred by clicking this link.

 

Enquiries

Enquiries about licensing services may be made to Transport Department 24-hour hotline: (852) 2804 2600 or by E-mail: licensing@td.gov.hk
You may also approach the Enquiry Counters of the four Transport Department Licensing Offices.