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More time for renewal of ID cards in 3 emirates

Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah expatriates let off

  • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 January 18, 2012
  • Gulf News

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  • National ID cards will soon become a vital document for every resident and citizen. It will be one of the changes that will be enforced without further delays. The government said it will deny several services for failure to obtain or renew the cards.

Abu Dhabi: Thousands of expatriates in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah will get more time to register for ID cards and renew existing cards without paying fines.

October 31, 2011, was the deadline for all expatriates in the country to renew their existing ID cards and thereafter they had to pay a Dh20 fine per day which may go up to a maximum of Dh1,000.

But the Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID) has extended that deadline for expatriates in three emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, a spokesperson of the authority told Gulf News on Tuesday.

Those who have not registered for a new card in these emirates have more time, he said.

No fines collected

Now the October 31 renewal coincides with the deadline for registering for a new card in each of these emirates as announced earlier — January 31 in Sharjah, March 31 in Abu Dhabi and May 31 in Dubai, the spokesman explained.

Accordingly, the deadline for expatriates in these emirates to register for a new card and renew the existing card will be the same.

The spokesman revealed that no fines were collected after the October 31 deadline from those who renewed their cards in these emirates.

However, October 31 was the deadline for all Emiratis across the country to register for new cards and renew the existing ones

So, Emiratis across the country and expatriates in the four other emirates — Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah — who crossed the deadline have already paid the fines, the spokesman said.

"They were not given any reprieve because their deadline had ended long back," the spokesman said.

November 31 was the deadline for expatriates in those four emirates to register for the cards.

Expatriates in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, whose residence visa expires in 2012, do not rush to take an ID card now, the spokesman said.

They have to take the card when they renew their visas this year, irrespective of the announced deadlines.


Expatriates in which emirates are eligible?
In Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah only.

Will those who did not register get a reprieve ?
Yes, If their visa expires in 2012 only. They can wait and register for the ID card when their visa is renewed.

Will those who already registered, but did not renew their cards, get a reprieve?
They can renew without fines until January 31 in Sharjah , March 31 in Abu Dhabi and May 31 in Dubai.

Comments (29)

  1. Added 18:13 January 18, 2012

    i am working for semi gov. i have not made ID card for my Family will i have to pay the penalty of 20 Dhs per day.

    JALSAB, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:36 January 18, 2012

    Whether these the new deadlines applies to Government and Semi government employees & i have got information that the deadline for govt & semi-govt officials is Jan 2012 after which they will be fined 20 dhs per day. Is it true?

    SAYI, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:33 January 18, 2012

    Below is the application history found when checked status of my card EIDA site today. It took more than a month to sent for printing. Application History Log 02-Jan-2012 - Application Sent To Printing 22-Nov-2011 - Biometrics Captured 22-Nov-2011 - Biometrics Collection 03-Nov-2011 - Appointment Scheduled

    Raj, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:17 January 18, 2012

    GN News is Confusing US.. Now I want to know Now What is the Last Date for Abu dhabi??????

    Vincent, Abu Dhabi, India

  5. Added 15:13 January 18, 2012

    for govt/semi govt employees got the information to pay fines......& deadline's been changed officially.

    renjy, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:45 January 18, 2012

    I've already paid AED 240 fine. what is the procedure to refund the amount?

    Viks, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:07 January 18, 2012

    i have got information that the deadline for govt & semi-govt officials is Jan 2012 after which they will be fined 20 dhs per day. Is it true?

    ZEBA, DXB, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:06 January 18, 2012

    I wish the authorities make the companies responsible to prepare the ID cards for their staff on their own cost instead loading on individuals. Many people cannot afford these expenses and also it is difficult for them practically to complete the departmental formalities, etc.

    MAHABOOB KHAN, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:43 January 18, 2012

    Such confusing and superficial news is not what we expect from GN.

    Sujoy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:41 January 18, 2012

    this already inform the authorities, before three months. this is not the new news. if any thing news related this new news ?

    noushad, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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