How to Get a Driving Licence in Hong Kong

Information on driving permits in Hong Kong: details on applying for a learner's licence and registering for a Hong Kong driving test...

A valid driving licence is compulsory for anyone driving any type of motor vehicle on the roads in Hong Kong.

Some foreign residents may be able to exchange their foreign driving licence for a Hong Kong one without taking the test.

Holders of certain foreign licences that may not be exchanged may apply for a temporary licence to allow them to drive until they can take a test. Others, as well as those who don't hold any driver's licence, must apply for a learner's licence before they can take the Hong Kong driving test. Then they must take a driving test in order to qualify for a full Hong Kong driver's licence.

Learner's Driving Licence

For those who don't already hold a driving licence it is necessary to apply for a learner's driving licence before learning to drive a vehicle. Applicants must be aged 18 and over and be physically fit to drive.

To apply, complete application form TD555 (PDF) available from the Transport Department. An e-form application can also be completed online and printed for submission.

The application should be submitted in person or by post to any of the Licensing Offices:

  • Hong Kong Licensing Office
    At
    : 3/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong
  • Kowloon Licensing Office
    At
    : 2/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon
  • Kwun Tong Licensing Office
    At
    : 5/F, Kowloon East Government Office, 12 Lei Yue Mun Road, Kowloon
  • Sha Tin Licensing Office
    At
    : 2/F, Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, New Territories
    Tel: 2771 7723

The following are also required:

  • Hong Kong Identity Card or a valid travel document for non Hong Kong residents (Original or photocopy)
  • Proof of address (Original or photocopy) For example: bank correspondence or domestic utility bill.
  • Required fee

Learner drivers must have L-plates fitted to the vehicle. They may only drive at certain times of day with a qualified driving instructor and must not carry passengers.

Prescription glasses should be used if needed to meet the driving test standard, which is the ability to read a vehicle number plate at a distance of 23m in good daylight.

Taking a Driving Test

Applicants should obtain a driving test form TD82 (PDF) available from the Transport Department. This form is valid for 18 months and allows the person to take a driving test. Next, make a driving test appointment. Submit this form to either the Hong Kong or Kowloon Licensing Office by post or in person.

What the test involves

It is necessary to pass all parts of a driving test before becoming eligible to apply for a full driving licence. If a candidate fails any section of the test it will be necessary to reapply for a new test form.

  • Written test (Part A test) on the Road Users' Code; this is a multiple choice test. The Road Users' Code can be found on the Transport Department website
  • Road test (Part B test and Part C test). Part B may be on- or off-road and tests driving technique. It may be combined with Part C which is an on-road test

To Apply for a Probationary Driving Licence

A probationary driving licence must be applied for within three years of passing all parts of the driving test. The probationary period is 12 months.

Complete application form TD590 (PDF), available from the Transport Department. An e-form can also be completed online and printed for submission. Submit it to any licensing office by post or in person. The following documents are needed:

  • Hong Kong Identity Card or passport
  • address proof issued within three months (e.g. water or phone bill)
  • original driving test form
  • required fee
  • a medical certificate for applicants aged 70 or above, form TD256 (PDF)
  • For comprehensive information on driving licences see the Hong Kong Transport Department

To Apply for a Full Driving Licence

An application for a full driving licence can only be made once the holder have completed a 12 months mandatory probationary driving period.

Complete application form TD557 (PDF), available from the Transport Department. Submit it to any licensing office by post or in person. The following documents are needed:

  • Hong Kong Identity Card or passport
  • address proof issued within three months (e.g. water or phone bill)
  • original driving test form
  • payment for full driving licence
  • a medical certificate for applicants aged 70 or above, form TD256 (PDF)

Driving licence validity

Hong Kong Driving Licences are valid for 10 years then need to be renewed. The Hong Kong Transport Department will send driving licence holders a full driving licence renewal form before the expiry date. Driving licences can be renewed up to four months before the expiry date or within three years following expiry.

Change of address

Holders of a Hong Kong driving licence must inform the Commissioner for Transport in writing of their change of address within 72 hours. Failure to do so will result in a fine. Form TD559 (PDF) can be downloaded from the Transport Department website. Completed forms may be taken in person to any of the licensing offices listed above, or sent to:

  • Kwun Tong Licensing Office
    At
    : PO Box 69511, Kwun Tong Post Office, Kowloon

Duplicate driving licences

If the driving licence is lost or defaced, report to any of the above licensing offices. A duplicate licence will be issued upon payment of a fee.