How do I Get an International Driver’s License in Hong Kong?

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Thanks to the Geneva International Convention of 1949, drivers in a wide variety of countries and regions around the world with similar standards for obtaining a driving license may use their country-issued license to obtain an International Driving Permit. In Hong Kong, obtaining this special permit allows drivers from Hong Kong to drive around the world in many countries, including the United States.

Get behind the wheel all around the world with an international driving permit.

Get behind the wheel all around the world with an international driving permit.

Items you will need

  • Hong Kong driving license
  • Application
  • 2 passport photos
  • Identity card
  • Proof of residence
  • Cash or check fee
Step 1Obtain a full Hong Kong driver’s license from the Transport Department of Hong Kong (

Step 2Download an application for International Driving Permit TD51 from the Transport Department, or go to a licensing office to obtain one. Licensing offices are located in Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories.

Step 3Bring the application, along with two passport-style photos, your Hong Kong identity card and a Hong Kong driver’s license, to the Licensing Office. If the address on your identity card is different than your current address, bring a “proof of address” to the office as well. Alternately, you can mail these forms via registered mail to P. O. Box 68115, Kowloon East Post Office, Kowloon.

Step 4Submit a fee in cash, as an electronic payment or with a cashier’s check made out to “The Government of HKSAR”.

Step 5Pick up your international driving permit from the Licensing Office on the same day or wait for the license to be sent in the mail if you have submitted by mail.


Emily Manthei holds a masters degree from the University of Edinburgh and has written for publications as diverse as the “Oxford Journal of Theological Studies,” “Emanuel Levy Film Reviews,” “USA Today” and “Northern Express Magazine.” She also writes screenplays for short and feature films.


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