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You can apply for the exemption online, through the 'UAE ICP' app or at a registered typing centre. Picture used for illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai: If you have delayed the renewal of your Emirates ID, you may be eligible for exemption from late fines and penalties, according to an online post by the Federal Authority For Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP).

The authority posted the details of how applicants can apply for the exemption, and the three situations in which they may be eligible to be exempted from the penalties.

Categories exempted from Emirates ID delay penalties

According to ICP, people can apply for an exemption from the delay penalties in the following cases:

1. An individual who has left the country and spent more than three months outside the country, and the validity of his or her ID card expired after the date of their departure from the country.

2. An individual whose ID card has expired after being deported by an order, an administrative decision, or a judicial ruling, or whose passport is seized in pending cases, provided that this is proven by a letter or a receipt issued by the competent authorities that deported him or suspended his pending cases.

3. An individual who has not been issued an ID card for the period before obtaining the nationality of the country and before obtaining the family book.

Three different ways to apply for an exemption

You can apply for the exemption through the following channels:
1. ICP Customer Happiness Centres
2. ICP's Smart Services website – smartservices.icp.gov.ae or the 'UAEICP' app, available for Apple and Android devices.
3. Typing centres registered with ICP.

How to apply for exemption online

When you are applying to renew your Emirates ID online, you will be provided the overall fees for the ID renewal, including the delay penalites and fines.

At this stage, you will have the option to apply for an exemption, and if you fall under any of the three categories listed above, you will be required to provide supporting documents to prove your case.

Once you have submitted your request for the exemption, you will be notified by email and SMS whether your application has been accepted or rejected by ICP.


Applying for the Emirates ID exemption is free of charge.

The story was first published on April 4, 2022 and has been updated since.