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More register for Emirates ID as deadlines draw closer

Increase in registration a week after announcements of fines and new deadline

  • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 October 5, 2011
  • Gulf News

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Abu Dhabi: More Emiratis and expatriates have started to come forward to register for the national identity card since announcements of fines two weeks ago, a spokesman of the Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID) told Gulf News yesterday.

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Emirates ID had announced a Dh20 per day fine, going up to a maximum of Dh1,000 for Emiratis and expatriates who failed to apply for or renew their ID cards within the new deadlines set by the authority.


While October 31 is the new deadline for Emiratis, the deadline for expatriates in various emirates will be in four phases, starting from November 30 in four emirates — Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.

The week after the announcements of fines and the new deadline, there was a 53 per cent increase in the number of Emiratis registering for ID cards, the spokesman said.

Numbers increase

The number of expatriates registering for the card has also increased, he said, but figures were not readily available.

Expatriates in Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman, and all expatriates working in government sector across the country have to pay fines from December 1. But the fines will be applicable for expatriates in the emirates of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai from February 1, April 1 and June 1, 2012, respectively.

All children under 15 years of age, Emiratis and expatriates, are exempted from the fines until October 1, 2012.

October 31, 2011, will be the deadline for renewing all identity cards expiring up to that date. Any cardholder across the UAE, with the exception of children under 15 years, has 30 days to renew the card from the date of expiry.

The Dh20 a day fine will also be applicable on delay in registration and renewal of ID cards and on delays in reporting changes in data. Any change in the personal data of cardholders, except children under 15 years of age, should be reported to Emirates ID within 30 days from the date of such change or incident.

The nature of such data — name, marital status etc. — and incidents — birth, death, divorce etc. — can be specified later.

The UAE cabinet has exempted those covered by social security schemes, people with special needs and those with autism from the registration fees.

However, the spokesman reminded that the exemption is applicable only for the charges and not the deadlines — and that registration for ID cards was compulsory for all.

Comments (25)

  1. Added 18:48 October 5, 2011

    Its not enough for Gulf News to just publish the news Item and allow the readers to post Comments. It can act as a medium of change in the attitude of EIDA authorities. I can bet that in reality many people have not taken the Emirates ID... not because of the Cost involved but because of the Delay involved and the confusion in the procedures. Even when it was introduced, I had written in a suggestion that National ID process should be linked to Visa Processing (in case of expatriates). I am telling you...just make the Process Simple and less cumbersome for the will see that you really will not have to force this on Public. Like I said, they will do it automatically. Most of us expatriates are law abiding. So, EIDA...Please make the process simple.

    M. Siddique, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:51 October 5, 2011

    With a lot of time and patience i got the emirates Id Card but of no use till now. Its just occupying space in my wallet thats it.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:25 October 5, 2011

    Is there any facility to register it after 6.00p.m.? Can we register in any EID office after my duty hours?

    Gopimohan, Dubai, India

  4. Added 16:35 October 5, 2011

    When we visit the website of EID, we will see the benefits of EID. Strangely less surprising that Serial Number 1 benefit is 1) It is compulsory (mandatory) for all age group residents of UAE. I will advice that please re-consider the benefits. One more benefit is to keep UAE resident from Fraud and Cheating. I have 3 children and age of one child is 8 months. Can anyone explain me that how anyone can cheat my 8 months baby. For all readers info, EID is mandatory for all age group. I will advice that EID should only compulsory for 15+ only.

    Abdul Sattar, ajman, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:25 October 5, 2011

    the Company should get us the Eid. the pressure should not be on our head. 85% over here earn less amt of money for which they have so many Commitments which should be fulfilled in that paying 270 for Eid is again an very tough part please try to help us on this part

    zainab, chennai, India

  6. Added 15:31 October 5, 2011

    The process of renewal of ID should be easy then appliying the new id. please advise

    naveed, auh, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:29 October 5, 2011

    What should I do to renew my Emirates ID without posessing old expired ID card? The old Emirates ID has been taken back while cancelling my previous visa. Now I'm in new visa but I have the photostat copy of old expired ID card with me. please advice

    Siddique, Abu dhabi, India

  8. Added 14:05 October 5, 2011

    The ID card should be issued at the time of stamping the residence visa and should be sponsored by Employer. Since there is no any benefit of it for a layman, and if required by Authorities should cost the sponsor not employee.

    Mohammad Ayoub, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:57 October 5, 2011

    Company should bear the ID cost.

    Dawane, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:41 October 5, 2011

    100% agree with Imran.

    Sampath, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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