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Nationality Application

Application for Restoration of Chinese Nationality

How to Apply

Application Procedures and Documents Required

Application at counter (applicants are required to obtain a number tag in advance. For the methods to obtain the tag number, please refer to “Methods to Obtain Tag Number and Appointment” of the website of the Identification Services Bureau.)


  • Residents of the Macao SAR
  • Foreign nationals who once held Chinese nationality

2. Procedure of Application

  • Duly completed the application form for restoration of Chinese Nationality. (Applicants can obtain the application form at the Identification Services Bureau by showing the original copy of his/her Macao SAR Permanent Resident Identity Card.)
  • If the applicant is residing in the Macao SAR, he/she can make the application in person; if the applicant is living abroad, the application can be made by post;
  • The application may also include the applicant’s spouse and minor children. The application of a minor must have the signatures of both parents.

3. Submission and presentation of documents

The applicant must submit the following documents:

A. Original copy of Macao SAR Permanent Resident Identity Card / Macao SAR Non-Permanent Resident Identity Card (will be returned to applicant once it is verified and photocopied);

B. Birth certificate;

C. Certificate that can prove the marital status of the applicant (except in case of a bachelor or a spinster);

D. Proof that the applicant once renounced his/her Chinese nationality;

E. Certificate of criminal record (issued no more than 90 days by the Macao SAR Government from the date of issue);

F. Proof of the applicant’s current nationality.

G. Proof of ordinary residence of the applicant, i.e. proof of property purchase (e.g. property tax, property deeds or Property Registration Report issued by the Real Estate Registry or proof of mortgage and monthly mortgage payment slip etc) or proof of tenancy (the latest tenancy agreement). If the applicant is 18 years old or above and he/she is neither the landlord nor the tenant, the person who provides accommodation to the applicant is required to submit a declaration and a copy of identification documents.

H. Proof of income of the applicant, his/her spouse or parents (if the applicant is a minor). For instance, proof of employment or other financial souces.

I. Proof of education (applicable to minor only).

Once the application is approved and otherwise the applicant is a stateless person, he/she must within 6 months from the date of notification of his approval, submit a document which proves that he/she had renounced his foreign nationality. Otherwise, his/her application will lose its effectiveness.

Remarks/ Notes for Application

Documents mentioned in numbers b) and c) can be exempted if their photocopies have already been archived at the Identification Services Bureau (DSI).

Service Location and Office Hours

Identification Services Bureau

  • Headquarter
    Address: Avenida da Praia Grande, nº804, Edificio “China Plaza”, 1º andar, Macau
    Office hours: Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Saturday, Sunday and government holidays)
  • Government Services Centre
    Address: Rua Nova da Areia Preta n.º 52, Macau
    Office hours: Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Saturday, Sunday and government holidays)
  • Government Services Centre in Islands District (Centro de Serviços da RAEM das Ilhas)
    Address: Rua de Coimbra, n.º 225, 3.º andar, Taipa
    Office hours: Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Saturday, Sunday and government holidays)

Fees and Payment Methods

For application lodge at the Identification Services Bureau in person or by trustee:


  • There is a fee of MOP800.00. If the application includes spouse and children, then each family member must pay MOP400.00. (Note: fees are non-refundable, even if the application is turned down).
  • Certificate of nationality: MOP150.00

Payment Method:

Headquarter (China Plaza) and Government Services Centre: Cash, credit card, Union Pay “QuickPass”, debit card, Macau Pass and MPay are accepted for payment.

For application by Post:

Applicants being in other countries or regions can obtain application forms from DSI by post. After having duly completed and signed the form, the applicant must send it back to DSI together with the related documents needed and fees to Macau P. O. Box 1089.

The applicant should submit a bank draft payable to “Direcção dos Serviços de Identificação” or “Direccao dos Servicos de Identificacao”. (Other forms of payment, such as Money order, cashier’s order will NOT be accepted.)

Fees (a+b+c= total fee)

a. Application Fees and fee for issuance of the Certificate of Nationality:

  •  There is a fee of MOP800.00. If the application includes spouse and children, then each family member must pay MOP400.00. ( Note: fees are non-refundable, even if the application is turned down).
  • Certificate of Nationality: MOP150.00

b.Bank Charges

Since the bank in the applicant’s country may have association with the Hong Kong banks or the Macao banks and therefore the bank drafts are divided into two categories:

  • Bank drafts in U.S. Dollars: Since it is cashed in America, Macao banks will impose a bank commission of MOP200.00
  • Bank drafts in Hong Kong Dollars:divided into two categories:

– Payable in Macao(Draft/cheque draw on Macao): no additional charge for this kind of bank draft

– Payable in Hong Kong(Draft/cheque draw on Hong Kong): Macao banks will impose a bank commission of MOP40.00

c. Postage:

MOP40.00 is needed for registered air-mail.

If the applicant needs the Certificate of Nationality urgently, an additional charge for EMS (express mail service) is to be charged. For further details, please contact Macao Post Office at (853) 28574491.

If there is no EMS (Express Mail Service) in the place of residence of the applicant, the applicant may consult local express courier service companies such as DHL, Federal Express, etc. about the price of courier service and add it to the above-mentioned fees.

Progress Enquiry and Service Results Collection

Progress enquiry:

enquire the collection date

Collection Methods of service results:

  1. In person
  2. By authorized person
  • The applicant can endorse the application receipt and sign according to the valid identification document in order to authorize a representative to collect the document on behalf of the applicant (if applicant is under the age of 18, his/her legal representative is the one to endorse the application receipt).
  • The authorized representative should present his/her original valid identification document and the photocopy of applicant’s identification document for verification.

For details of document collection procedure, please visit electronic document collection process.

Content provider: Identification Services Bureau (DSI)

Last modified: 2019-03-20 10:34

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