If you are residing in Emirates countries and curious about getting a new Emirates ID card or status or renewing the card, this article for you.
It is very important to know everything about the Emirates ID card because it considers one of the essential documents in the UAE.
What is Emirates ID?
An EMIRATE ID is the identification or resident card for all UAE for all residents and citizens.
It is the personal biometric card that is issued by the Federal Authority for citizenship and their identity. It is the legal requirement for residents and citizens that apply for Emirates ID card and must carry with them at all times.
The emirate ID card has several benefits, such as it can use as an essential identity proof to get lots of government services, as a travel document to travel within Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), can use to vote in Federal National Council elections and can also use as a document to pass through smart gates and eGates at airports in the UAE.
Features of Emirates ID card?
The Emirates is the personal identity card for all the residents and citizens of UAE. The Emirates ID card not alone contain all personal information but also has impressive features, such as;
- Electronic chip
The Emirates ID card contains the personal data of the cardholder. It can read and authenticate the personal credentials by any machine that has the built-in configuration of this purpose.
These personal data are encrypted and can only writable/readable/updatable by concern authorized authorities to protect the privacy data of uses. This electronic chip can store up to 32000 letters as data information.
- Identification number
This Emirates ID card featured for its unique identification number, which also known as the identity. You can get enormous benefits with this identity number from all of the governmental, some non-governmental, and private entities’ services. They all need your Emirates ID as proof of who is accessing the services. The card includes unique15 digits.
This identity card has the advanced and latest technology of smart cards, including ultraviolet ink, accurate letters, and line drawing.
It has nine security features that provide multilayer security to make the falsification of this card very difficult.
How to get an Emirates ID card?
You can now get Emirates ID card by following these steps;
After the form submission, you’ll receive an SMS that contains all information about the date, time, and location of the EIDA center mentioned in the SMS; you must visit to complete the procedures.
At the EIDA center, you will need to have a photo taken and asked for fingerprints. After fee submission, you will grant by a receipt that you must keep collecting your Emirates ID card when it is ready.
You also need to take these documents to EIDA offices;
- Valid passport
- Family book
- Emirates ID card application
- Valid passport
- Emirates ID card application
How to check Emirates ID status?
An EMIRATE ID is an essential identity card for all the citizens and residents and to carry all the time with them.
If you are living in the Emirates countries, it is essential to have regular checks on the status of your ID card. Because if it expired, your account would block, and then you can’t proceed with any transaction. Also, other official activities will block in the UAE.
After registration, you can check your Emirates ID status online.
You must have the application a unique number before checking the ID status. Follow these steps to check Emirates ID status;
- Visit the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website.
- On the website, the UAE government offers so many services to all the residents and citizens. Find out the service named “ID card Status” and click the button.
- Enter your unique ID card number and click the “check” button to see whether it’s approved or still in pending or didn’t approve at all.
This service is free of charge any time, the estimated time of your Emirates ID card delivery is 15 working days. The website also lets you check the application details of your ID card.
Emirates ID in 24 hour
(FAIC) Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship also offers urgent services to get your Emirates ID card in 24 hours. This fast service is known as Fawri and available with an urgent fee.
The 24-hour service Fawri, available for age groups of UAE and GCC nationals that are residing in UAE and can obtain for;
- first-time registration
- renewal of Emirates ID card
- damage or lost card
If you are an expatriate resident other than GCC nations, you will entitle to urgent Fawri service only if replacing the identity card due to issuance or renewal that linked to proof of residency and other related procedures.
To get an Emirates ID card, visit FAIC Customer Happiness Centers along with all the required documents.
The Fawri 24 hour service available at the following centers;
- Al Rashidiya, Al Barsha and Karama in Dubai
- Khalifa City and Al Jazeera in Abu Dhabi
- Al ain Center
- Madinat Zayed
- Sharjah Center
- Fujairah Center
- Ajman Center
- Umm Al Quwain Center
- Ras Al Khaimah Center
Renewing your Emirates ID card
Once your ID card expired, you have only 30 days from the expiry date. After the 30 days, a late fine fee of AED 20/day will apply, with maximum AED 1000.
It is necessary to renew your card after expiry; Federal Authority for Identity Citizenship will send an alert via SMS, requesting you to renew your ID card.
You can provide your biometric details at any FAIC’s medical center or service centers.
Replacing damaged, lost or stolen Emirates ID card
You must keep your Emirates ID card very safe, but by any chance, if you lost your ID card, or been damaged or stolen, you must request a replacement of ID card from FAIC. Follow these steps for replacing the ID card;
Visit the nearest ICA Customer Happiness Centre and repot first so they can deactivate at their soonest.
After reporting, ask ICA for a copy of your lost ID or the unique ID number confirmation. If your card has damaged, bring it along with you to the ICA center.
You must also bring the identification paper to prove your identity and that it belongs to you.
- UAE nationals need to bring a valid passport along with the family book.
- GCC nationals need to provide proof of their residency in UAE
- Expatriate residents must present a valid passport that stamped with a residency permit.
- If the lost report is for children under 15, parents must provide the birth certificate along with passport size photo having a white background.
You need to pay AED 300 for the replacement of ID card, in addition, AED40, if you are applying online on the ICA website or AED 70 if you are applying via typing center.
The fees are the same to all the UAE, GCC nationals, or expatriate residents.
You also have an option of express service for ID replacement at ICA Customer Happiness Center with extra AED 150.
You will get an SMS from ICA about the Emirates ID status, expected date of delivery. It issued within 48 hours from the request of replacement. If you applied via express service, you would get your ID card within 24 hours.
How to update personal details on Emirates ID?
If you want to update or change the details of the card, you must report to the concerned department in ICA within a month from the date of the change.
To modify any details of an existing ID card, you must visit any of the ICA centers along with an original passport and the Emirates ID card. Remember, you need to present in person because you cannot update the details online.
Canceling your Emirates ID card
If you intend to cancel your UAE residence visa to leave the country, you need to hand over your ID cards to the General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs. They will then return the card to FAIC (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship).
Major uses of Emirates ID card
- More than 150 governmental, non-governmental entities accept this card as proof of identity such as Emirates post, Emirates municipalities, UAE Red Crescent, All ministries, RTA, etc.
- Most of the hospitals accept Emirates ID as proof of identity.
- You can travel to Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait with Emirates ID card without even a passport.
- You can proceed with all kinds of traffic transactions on this card.
- You can use immigration eGates at the airport to pass without any further wait.