Abu Dhabi to make ID cards mandatory again

Emirates Identity Authority Acting General Manager Dr Ali Al Khoury said the authority had written to the Ministry of Interior to implement an earlier decision in this regard.

  • A crowd gathers at the reception desk of Emirates Identity Authority office to obtain their ID card
    A crowd gathers at the reception desk of Emirates Identity Authority office to obtain their ID card. Image Credit: Gulf News Archive
  • A crowd gathers at the reception desk of Emirates Identity Authority office to obtain their ID card
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  • A crowd gathers at the reception desk of Emirates Identity Authority office to obtain their ID card
    Residents wait for their ID cards at Adnec centre of EmiratesIdentity Authority in Abu Dhabi. A faster systeImage Credit: Gulf News archives
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Abu Dhabi: Identity cards will soon be mandatory for obtaining Traffic Department services in Abu Dhabi, Gulf News was told on Tuesday.

Emirates Identity Authority Acting General Manager Dr Ali Al Khoury said the authority had written to the Ministry of Interior to implement an earlier decision in this regard.

Although the Ministry of Interior (MoI) had made the ID card mandatory for obtaining traffic services on May 2, the decision was put on hold on May 9, due to the crowds gathering at the registration centres of Emirates Identity Authority (Eida).

Police had reported difficulty in controlling the scores of residents who thronged the Emirates Identity Authority centres in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah as they were not able to apply for a driving licence or renew their vehicle registration without an ID card.

However the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai did not implement the decision.

The MoI made the ID card mandatory for Traffic Department services in four northern emirates — Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain in November 2009.

MoI representatives were not available for comment on Tuesday.

The Acting General Manager of the Emirates Identity Authority said: "We have requested the MoI to implement the decision first in the Abu Dhabi emirate as we are prepared to receive increased number of applicants due to a new system".

The [mandatory ID card] decision would soon be extended to Dubai and Sharjah.

"There is a way for the Emirates Identity Authority to be aware of the approximate number of applicants who may turn up for registration at the centres in Abu Dhabi," Al Khoury said.

The pre-registration process (PRP) had been transferred to 100 typing centres in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, which are keeping the Emirates Identity Authority informed about the number of people completing the pre-registrations process, the official said.

Walk-in customers

Although the system has been envisaged as a "registration by appointment only", the Emirates Identity Authority was taking walk-in customers and people who had made an appointment, because of the low-turn out during the summer, Al Khoury said.

"Based on the flow of applicants, we will implement the appointment-only system; an applicant will receive an appointment via SMS within 48 hours after completing the PRP," he said. "So there will be no rush at the centres".

— With inputs from Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter

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The service provided by EIDA is extremely bad.When my family and self first applied for the ID, it took us 3 visits and hours of waiting even though we had confirmation and appointment for the same. ID card renewal can be done only in El Moshref centre in Abu Dhabi and on the website as well as call centre it is said that no prior appointment is required for renewal. When I visited the centre for renewal well within working time with 1.5 hrs remaining to closing time, I was rejected entry saying there is rush of people so we cannot take any more people. The security personnel as well as in-charge were very rude and were least bothered of the plight of people who left office/work just to come for the ID renewal. I even suggested to start appointment system for renewal but again they refused saying appointment is not meant for renewals. It is sad to see such service from them.

Bhavana

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