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HK ID Card Prefixes

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  1. #1

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    Better post it here than in the protest thread.

    Before 28.03.1983 the prefix was based on the district of registration.

    Hong Kong: A, D, H
    Kowloon: B, E, G
    NT: C

    If the holder didn't have a Chinese name an X was added in front, eg: XA, XB, XC

    From 1983 until 01.08.1990 the prefix for new arrivals was K, then P until 28.12.2000, then R until 01.08.2011. Now it's M.

    For people born in HK after 1983 it was Z, from 01.01.1989 it was Y, from 01.04.2005 the prefix was S. Since 2019 the prefix is N

    Foreign workers like domestic helpers or construction workers had W until 02.01.2009, since then WX

    Consular staff have J

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    Adding this .. since the "Z" prefix has attracted a lot of attention today.


    A Original ID cards, issued between 1949 and 1962, most holders were born before 1950
    B Issued between 1955 and 1960 in city offices
    C Issued between 1960 and 1983 in NT offices, if a child most born between 1946 and 1971, principally HK born
    D Issued between 1960 and 1983 at HK Island office, if a child most born between, principally HK born
    E Issued between 1955 and 1969 in Kowloon offices, if a child most born between 1946 and 1962, principally HK born
    F First issue of a card commencing from 24 February 2020[13]
    G Issued between 1967 and 1983 in Kowloon offices, if a child most born between 1956 and 1971
    H Issued between 1979 and 1983 in HK Island offices, if a child most born between 1968 and 1971, principally HK born
    J Consular officers
    K First issue of an ID card between 28 March 1983 and 31 July 1990, if a child most born between 1972 and 1979
    L Issued between 1983 and 2003, used when computer system malfunctioned,[13][14] very few people hold
    M First issue of ID card between 1 August 2011 and 23 February 2020,[13] if a child most born after 2000 outside Hong Kong.
    N Birth registered in Hong Kong after 1 June 2019[13]
    P First issue of an ID card between 1 August 1990 and 27 December 2000, if a child most born between July and December 1979
    R First issue of an ID card between 28 December 2000 and 31 July 2011
    S Birth registered in Hong Kong between 1 April 2005 and 31 May 2019
    T Issued between 1983 and 1997, used when computer system malfunctioned,[13][14] very few people hold
    V Child under 11 issued with a "Document of Identity for Visa Purposes" between 28 March 1983 and 31 August 2003
    W First issue to a foreign labourer or foreign domestic helper between 10 November 1989 and 1 January 2009
    Y Birth registered in Hong Kong between 1 January 1989 and 31 March 2005
    Z Birth registered in Hong Kong between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1988
    WX First issue to a foreign labourer or foreign domestic helper since 2 January 2009
    XA /
    XB /
    XC /
    XD /
    XE /
    XG /
    XH ID card issues to person without a Chinese name before 27 March 1983

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_identity_card
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    L as in Lucky seems the one to have