The Emirates ID is a "portable personal database" and is a legal requirement for all UAE citizens and residents, including newborn babies. The Emirates ID must be carried at all times.
Issued by the Emirates Identification Authority (EIDA), it features an electronic chip which contains vital information about the holder, such as core details, photo and biometric data (finger prints).
The card is used for multiple purposes, such as dealing with phone and internet, paying utility bills, paying fines, and registering vehicles. In time it will also take the place of your debit card and driving license.
The procedure for getting a new card
Application You first complete an application form. This can be done online here or at an approved typing office. Tas’heel services are the preferred locations, although many typing offices are also eligible (see map). The fee is Dh30.
Visit EIDA After your form has been submitted, you will receive an SMS directly to your phone. This will state a date and time, as well as the location of the EIDA branch you must visit.
At the EIDA office you will have your photo taken as well as be asked for your finger prints. You will be given a receipt that you must retain in order to collect your card when it is ready.
You will need to take with you the following:
|Valid passport||Visa (or visa work permit)|
|Emirates ID application||Emirates ID application|
Fees The Emirates ID costs Dh100 per year of validity.
Tracking You will be given an account number when you register. You can track the progress of your Emirates ID card by typing the account number into EIDA’s website (ID Card Status).
Delivery & collection Once your work visa has been issued, your ID card will be sent to a local post office. You will be notified by SMS directly to your phone, although you can still check the status online.
If you don’t collect your card within 90 days it will be returned to EIDA and discarded.
Renewal You will need to renew your Emirates ID when it expires. You follow the same procedure as above, although you may not be expected to give your biometric data a second time. You can use this portal to commence renewal.
What else you need to know
Carry your card It is a legal requirement for all nationals and residents to carry their Emirates ID cards at all times. Failure to present your card when asked by the Police could land you in trouble.
Lost card As it is a legal requirement to carry your Emirates ID with you at all times, you must replace a lost card as soon as possible. You will have to apply for a new one following the above procedure.
Changing your name If you change your name – if you get married, for example – then you must notify the EIDA.
Children Everyone in the UAE must have an Emirates ID card; this includes children and newborn babies.
Wrong details While it’s important to ensure the correct details have been inputted, sometimes mistakes are made. If you notice any of your details are incorrect, you must visit your nearest EIDA office and take proof of the correct details with you.
Where are the EIDA centres and typing offices?
Find your nearest EIDA office and typing centre on our map.
Below is a list of the EIDA branches, together with their phone numbers and opening times.
|Ajman centre||06 748 4777||7am to 2.30pm|
|Medical Centre||06 748 4777||7am to 2.30pm|
|Al Ain||03 701 5000||7am to 8pm|
|Al Ghayathi||02 495 7704||7am to 2.30pm|
|Al Jazira Club||02 495 5821||7am to 2.30pm|
|Al Mafraq||02 419 7729||7am to 2.30pm|
|Al Marfa||02 495 7721||7am to 2.30pm|
|Al Quaa||03 701 5090||7.30am to 7.30pm|
|Al Sila||02 495 7732||7am to 2.30pm|
|Al Wahda Mall||02 495 5700||7am to 8pm|
|Central Post Offic||02 495 7718||7am to 2.30pm|
|Dalma Island||02 495 7757||7am to 2.30pm|
|Khalifa City||02 244 5555||7am to 2.30pm|
|Khalifa Medical City||02 495 5895||7am to 2.30pm|
|Madinat Zayed 2||02 419 7769||7am to 2.30pm|
|Mussafah||02 495 5864||7am to 2.30pm|
|Sweihan||03 701 5085||7am to 2.30pm|
|Al Baraha||04 383 2189||7.30am to 2.30pm|
|Al Barsha||04 383 2222||7.30am to 2pm|
|Al Jafiliya||04 383 2399||7.30am to 2pm|
|Al Karama Centre||04 383 2333||7am to 8pm|
|Al Lusaily||N/A||8am to 2pm|
|Al Quoz||04 383 2282||8am to 4pm|
|Al Rashidiya||04 284 5252||7am to 8am|
|Hatta||N/A||7.30am to 2.30am|
|JAFZA||04 383 2225||8am to 3pm|
|Knowledge Village||04 383 2225||7.30 to 2pm|
|Muhaisnah Center||04 383 2172||8am to 8pm|
|Dibba Al Hosn Centre||06 507 3795||7.30am to 1pm|
|Dibba Centre||09 201 7080||8am to 2pm|
|Fujairah Centre||09 201 7000||7am to 8pm|
|Fujairah Centre 2||09 201 7090||7.30am to 2pm|
|Ras Al Khaimah|
|Al Rams||07 266 2338||7.30am to 2.30pm|
|RAK Centre||07 202 6000||7am to 8pm|
|Al Dhaid North||06 507 3784||7.30am to 2pm|
|Al Dhaid South||06 882 2230||7.30 am to 2.30pm|
|Al Ghubaiba||06 575 9195||8am to 8pm|
|Al Hamriyah||06 507 3790||8am to 3pm|
|Al Madam Centre||06 507 3790||7am to 2pm|
|Industrial Area||06 507 3797||7.30am to 2pm|
|Kalba||06 507 3781||7.30am to 2pm|
|Khor Fakkan||06 507 3761||7.30am to 2pm|
|Municipality Clinic||06 507 3758||8am to 8pm|
|Sharjah Airport||06 507 3786||7.30am to 2.30pm|
|Sharjah Centre||06 507 3777||7am to 8pm|
|Umm Al Quwain|
|Umm Al Quwain Centre||06 765 5111||7.30am to 2.30pm|