What is Emirates ID?
Emirates ID is an identity card issued by Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. It is a legal requirement for all UAE citizens and residents to apply for one and carry it with them at all times. The Emirates ID is used:
- to get government services
- to vote in the elections of Federal National Council
- as a travel document for UAE citizens to travel within the GCC
- as a document to pass immigration through the eGates and smart gates at several airports in the UAE.
Read about the Emirates ID’s features and benefits.
Note: As per Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, it is against the law to seize the Emirates ID card of other people. Companies are not allowed to withhold the Emirates ID cards of their employees or their customers and visitors. They are only allowed to take the personal data on the ID cards. In case of violation, cardholders should refer the case to the judicial authorities.
ID card features
The Emirates ID card consists of the following components which provide the highest levels of accuracy and security. The components are:
- Smart card
- Public key infrastructure (Digital signature and authentication certificates)
- Fingerprint biometric.
The identity card is featured for its identification number known as the identity number which sticks with its holder forever. By this number, he may benefit from all the governmental and some of the non-governmental and private entities services, which require the identity card as an evidence of who is accessing the service. The identity number is featured for its sole and un-repeated number. It includes 15 digits.
It contains personal data of the holder. This data can be read by a machines built for this purpose and authenticate the user’s credentials. Some of these data are encrypted and only readable/writable/updatable by the authorized authorities in order to protect the privacy of data. This chip may store up to 32,000 letters of information.
The identity card has state of the art technology in the field of smart cards, including the accurate letters, ultra violet ink and line drawing. It has nine security features which makes falsification of the card very difficult for such features excels the current used standards in many cards such as the banking credit cards.
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Getting Emirates ID
For getting an Emirates ID card, the applicant has to fill the eForm at one of the authorised typing centres or through the online form available on website of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC). An SMS containing information about when and where to register will follow the application. The applicant will need to proceed to the registration centre mentioned in the SMS to complete the procedures.
Refer to the FAIC website for the application process, documents required and fees for getting an Emirates ID for:
- UAE nationals
- GCC nationals residing in the UAE
- Expatriate residents.
FAIC offers bundled services for newborns and foreign prospective residents arriving into the UAE.
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Emirates ID within 24 hours
Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) provides an urgent service for getting the Emirates ID card within 24 hours. The service is known as ‘Fawri’ and is available against the regular stated fees plus an urgent service fee.
The service is available for all age groups for UAE nationals and GCC nationals officially residing in UAE and can be obtained for:
- first time registration
- renewal of expired cards
- lost or damaged cards.
As for the expatriate residents other than GCC nationals, they are entitled to the urgent service only in case of replacement of their identity cards because the issuance or renewal of identity cards is linked to proof of residency and related procedures.
To obtain this service, visit the FAIC Customer Happiness Centres without prior notice and present the documents specified.
Fawri service is available at the following FAIC Customers Happiness Centres:
- Al Jazeera and Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi
- Al Barsha, Al Rashidiya and Karama in Dubai
- Madinat Zayed in the Western Region
- Al Ain Centre
- Sharjah Centre
- Ajman Centre
- Fujairah Centre
- Ras Al Khaimah Centre
- Umm Al Quwain Centre.
Renewing Emirates ID
When can you renew your emirates ID?
The time limit to renew an expired ID card is 30 days from the date of expiry, after which late fines will apply.
Note that after the Emirates ID expires, the ID holder must apply for its renewal. Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) will send you a notification via SMS requesting you to renew your ID card. You will need to submit your renewal application in person at an accredited typing centre or online via the website of FAIC.
You might need to visit one of FAIC's service centres or preventive medical centres to provide your biometric details.
How early can the Emirates ID be renewed?
- UAE nationals can apply for renewal of Emirates ID between six and one month before the expiry date.
- UAE residence visa holders can only apply for renewal when their residence visa is renewed or reissued.
The following links outline renewal terms and conditions for UAE nationals, GCC nationals and residents:
Replacing a lost, stolen or damaged Emirates ID card
If you have lost your Emirates ID card, or suspect it has been stolen, or it has been damaged, you must soon request a replacement of Emirates ID card from Federal Authority for Citizenship and Identity (ICA). Here are the steps to get an Emirates ID card replaced:
- Report the incident
Approach the nearest ICA Customer Happiness Centre and report the incident so the stolen or lost card will be deactivated immediately. Ask ICA for ID number confirmation or a copy of the lost ID, in case you don’t have one. In case of damaged cards, bring the old card with you. When reporting the incident, remember to bring along your identification papers to prove your identity.
- UAE nationals must bring in an original valid passport and a family book.
- GCC nationals must provide a document proving their residency in the UAE.
- Expatriate residents must bring their original passport stamped with a valid residency permit.
- If the lost ID belongs to a child under 15, the parent must provide an original birth certificate of the child along with his coloured passport photo against a white background.
- Apply for ID card replacement
After reporting the incident, fill in an application form at any of ICA’s Customer Happiness Centres or fill it through the eForm on the ICA website or the ICA UAE app available on iTunes and Google Play and request replacement of ID card.
- Pay the fees
Applicant must pay AED 300 for replacement of a lost or damaged ID, in addition to application fees of AED 70 in case of applying through typing centres, or AED 40 in case of applying through the eForm on the ICA website. These fees apply to all UAE nationals, GCC nationals and expatriate residents. You may get an express ID replacement service at ICA main’s Customer Happiness Centre against AED 150 extra.
- Collect your new ID card
You will receive a text message from ICA about the status of the submitted application and the expected delivery date. ID card will be issued within 48 hours from the time of submitting the replacement application. Those who applied for the express service will receive the ID card within 24 hours from the time they submit the replacement application. Contact Emirates Post to receive the card after receiving a message from ICA on the availability of the card.
For more information or help on the service, contact ICA Call Centre on 6005 30003.
Updating details on Emirates ID
According to Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Ports Security (ICP), the Emirates ID card holder must report any change in his/her details of the card to the competent department in ICA within one month from the date of change.
In order to modify any details related to an existing and valid ID card, you are required to visit one of the ICP’s customer happiness centres with your original passport and the Emirates ID card.
Note that the details related to an existing ID card cannot be updated online. This applies to Emirates ID cards issued to nationals and expatriate residents.
Cancelling Emirates ID
Residents who intend to cancel their UAE residence visa for the purpose of leaving the country for good or for the purpose of changing jobs, are required to hand over their ID cards to the respective General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
The respective General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs will hand over the returned ID card to Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC), which had issued the card.
For more information regarding the Emirates ID, you could contact EIDA via the 'Ask Hamad' service or the phone by calling on 6005-30003.
Updated on 11 Feb 2022