Emirates ID Application & Renewal Services

Get the most crucial document in the UAE for identity & citizenship.

What is Emirates ID?

Protect your identity & get your citizenship verified based on residency.

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For UAE Nationals

Emirates ID is an identity card issued by Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship and Security. 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.
  • Vote in elections of Federal National Council.
  • Travel within the country for UAE citizens.
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For GCC nationals living in the UAE

The card is used for identification with government agencies and third party service providers such as banks. The card may also be used for travel within the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Validity of these cards are:

  • Citizen Card depends on the citizen's choice of 5 or 10 years.
  • GCC ID is issued only for 5 years.
  • Expat ID’s can be issued for a period of 1, 2 or 3 years.
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For Expatriate Residents

Before applying for an Expat ID, residents must first undergo a medical examination and be granted a result that determines them as fit. You can then apply for the ID with QuickPlus. Documents required:

  • Passport original & copy
  • Valid residency or entry permit
  • Picture, birth certificate, etc
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To obtain an Emirates ID, the requirements depend on the applicant's nationality. UAE nationals need to present their valid passport and a family book. GCC nationals must provide a document proving their residency in the UAE. Other documents may also be required, such as a residency visa and a completed application form. Check specific requirements and procedures based on your circumstances.

The Emirates ID is typically issued within 7-10 days of application, but the timeline may vary. It contains personal and biometric information, and is mandatory to carry at all times. The ID is required for various services and transactions, and a replacement should be applied for immediately in case of loss or damage.

The documents required to apply for an Emirates ID are:

  • Original valid passport (UAE nationals)
  • Original valid family book (UAE nationals)
  • Proof of residency, such as an original valid employment certificate, real estate lease or ownership contract, commercial license, school registration certificate, certificate of dependency, valid marriage contract, or an employment card (GCC citizens).

    The process for renewing an Emirates ID involves:

  • Gathering all required documents
  • Paying the Emirates ID renewal fees
  • In some cases, individuals above the age of 15 may need to have their biometrics taken. It's important to note that failing to renew an Emirates ID on time can result in fines and penalties, and it's advisable to start the renewal process well before the expiration date.

    Yes, you can apply for an Emirates ID online through several channels. These include:

  • The website of ICP
  • ICP App on Google Play, App Store, and Huawei
  • Accredited typing centers.
  • The fees for obtaining an Emirates ID are AED 300 for replacement of a lost or damaged ID, and application fees of AED 70 if applying through typing centers or AED 40 if applying through the eForm on the ICA website.

    To check the status of your Emirates ID application, you can follow these steps:

  • Visit the official UAE government page.
  • Enter your PRAN or ID number in the Check Application Status section.
  • Click on the Check button.
  • Your application status information will appear on the screen.

    The validity period of an Emirates ID depends on the individual's nationality and residency status.

  • For UAE nationals, the Emirates ID is valid for either 5 or 10 years.
  • For GCC nationals residing in the UAE, the validity period is 5 years.
  • For other expatriates, the validity period depends on the validity of their residency visa.
  • Yes, residents of the UAE can travel within the GCC using only their Emirates ID. However, please note that this option is currently limited due to travel restrictions in place.

    Go to icp.gov.ae.,Click on the “Start Services” button.Look for the option of updating the service,Enter the application data with the details of your Emirates ID,Update the details including personal information,Pay the service fee.

    If you have lost your Emirates ID, you should immediately report the incident to the nearest ICP Customer Happiness Centre. This will allow them to deactivate the stolen or lost card right away. It is recommended to ask for ID number confirmation or a copy of the lost ID from ICP in case you don't have it. Additionally, you will need to pay a fee of AED 300 for the replacement of the lost or damaged ID.

    Yes, you can apply for an Emirates ID for your child. The process may vary depending on the age of your child and your residency status in the UAE. You will need to provide certain documents, such as your child's passport and visa, a passport-sized photo, and proof of your own residency status. For more information and guidance, you can visit the official website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) or contact their customer service center.

    While both an Emirates ID and a residence visa are required for living in the UAE, they serve different purposes. A residence visa allows an individual to legally live and work in the UAE, while an Emirates ID is a mandatory identity card that is used for various services, such as banking, healthcare, and government transactions. Essentially, a residence visa is a permit that allows an individual to reside and work in the UAE, while an Emirates ID is a form of identification that confirms their identity and status as a resident in the country.

    Yes, the Emirates ID is considered a valid form of identification when opening a bank account in the UAE.

    To change the photograph on your Emirates ID, you need to visit one of the ICA's Customer Happiness Centers and submit an application for the same.

    Yes, in order to apply for an Emirates ID as a foreign national, you must have a valid residency visa in the UAE. You can apply for an Emirates ID through the official website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) or by visiting an accredited typing center. You will need to provide the required documents, including a valid residency visa, passport, and other supporting documents, and pay the application fees.

    Yes, it is a legal requirement to carry an Emirates ID at all times in the UAE. Failure to carry or present an Emirates ID when requested by authorities can result in a fine of up to AED 1,000.

    Emirates ID cards are not cancelled separately, but rather in conjunction with the cancellation of the residence visa. When a resident cancels their UAE residence visa for the purpose of leaving the country or changing jobs, they are required to hand over their Emirates ID card to the respective General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs.

    To correct errors on your Emirates ID, you need to visit the nearest ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) branch or the Customer Happiness Center. You will need to provide supporting documents to prove the correct information and fill out an application form. The ICA will review your application and make the necessary corrections on your Emirates ID card.

    Yes, you can use your Emirates ID to access government services online. The UAE government has launched the UAE Pass app, which allows users to sign into multiple government websites with one account and get access to thousands of services. The app integrates with the Emirates ID, making it easier for users to access and use government services online.

    you can report through several websites: eCrime website,Aman service- Abu Dhabi Police,Dubai Police's website, 'My Safe Society' app.

    No, an Emirates ID cannot be used as a driver's license in UAE. A valid driver's license is required to operate a vehicle in the country.

    "If you have lost or damaged your Emirates ID, the first step is to report the incident to the nearest ICA Customer Happiness Centre. After that, you can apply for a replacement Emirates ID by filling out an application form either at the Customer Happiness Centre or through the UAE ICP app. You will need to pay the required fees for the replacement. Once your application is processed and approved, you can collect your new ID card.

    An Emirates ID is not used to apply for a residency visa. Instead, a residency visa is required in order to apply for an Emirates ID. The residency visa is typically obtained through an employer or sponsor in the UAE, and once obtained, the applicant can then apply for an Emirates ID by visiting an authorized typing center or through the ICA website or mobile app.

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