The "Electronic Submission of Forms" (e-Form) was launched on 25 May 2001.
E-Form is a Government initiative to facilitate the public to make electronic submissions to Government and provide more public services on-line. The service attempts to make use of the ubiquitous nature of the Internet and hence enabling citizens to fill-in and submit forms to Government electronically anytime and anywhere for government services. Such service would basically require the use of digital signature issued by a recognised certification authority e.g. Hong Kong Post although individual government departments make adopt other means of authenticating the user's identity.
The Government promotes the use of e-Form by referring to the benefits of using it. They are:
1. Efficient : you can fill in and submit Government forms electronically on an anytime anywhere basis;
2. Secure : you can encrypt the e-Form to protect the confidentiality of the information submitted;
3. Authentication : you can use a digital certificate to sign the e-Form;
4. User-friendly : there are step-by-step guidelines to help you complete the e-Form.
Reference web-site: http://www.igsd.gov.hk/eform/