EMIRATES ID

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.

WHAT IS THE EMIRATES ID VALIDITY?

The validity of Emirates ID differs for expat residents, UAE Nationals and GCC Nationals.

  • Expat Residents: 1 to 3 years (depending on the validity of residence visa)
  • UAE Nationals: 5 or 10 years
  • GCC Nationals: 5 years
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HOW TO APPLY FOR NEW EMIRATES ID CARD?

Here is a comprehensive guide to applying for Emirates ID for expat residents, UAE nationals or GCC nationals. 

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EXPAT RESIDENTS

WHERE CAN EXPATS APPLY FOR A NEW EMIRATES ID?

For new expat residents (other than GCC Nationals), either the company sponsoring them may apply for the Emirates ID on their behalf, or they can apply by themselves through approved typing centres across the UAE.

Expat residents can apply for an Emirates ID online for their dependents (spouse or children) through the FAIC website or Smart App, but that is only after their own Emirates ID has been issued (which must be done through a typing centre).

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR EMIRATES ID APPLICATION FOR EXPATS

Below are the documents needed to apply for Emirates ID for UAE residents:

  • Original passport
  • Original valid residency or entry permit

For Emirates ID applications for newborns or those under the age of 15, the following documents are also required:

  • Personal photo with white background
  • Original birth certificate OR father’s passport or Emirates ID
  • Passport and visa of the sponsor of the applicant (only for newborns)

EMIRATES ID APPLICATION FEES FOR EXPATS

The Emirates ID cost for expats depends on the number of years the card is valid for, with AED 100 charged for each year. There will also be additional charges for service fees, which will differ for typing offices and smart apps. Take a look below at the cost of applying for a new Emirates ID card.

Typing Centre
  • 1 Year Validity: AED 170
  • 2 Years Validity: AED 270
  • 3 Years Validity: AED 370
FAIC Website/Smart App
  • 1 Year Validity: AED 140
  • 2 Years Validity: AED 240
  • 3 Years Validity: AED 340

EMIRATES ID APPLICATION PROCESS FOR EXPATS

Below is the procedure to apply for new Emirates ID for expats, if they are applying through a typing centre:

  • Visit an approved typing centre to have your new Emirates ID application form filled out. Make sure to have the necessary documents listed with you, and once the application is completed, pay the appropriate fees.
  • You will receive an SMS informing that your application has been received. Applicants above the age of 15 years may need to have their biometrics taken and will need to visit an approved Preventive Medicine Centre to have their photographs and fingerprints taken.
  • Once these procedures are completed and your residency visa has been stamped, your application will begin to be processed. You will receive an account number through SMS which you can track your Emirates ID application status through the FAIC website.
  • You will receive an SMS from Emirates Post notifying you when your card is ready for collection, which is typically five working days after your residency visa has been stamped. You will be required to visit the post office mentioned in your application to collect your new UAE identity card.

If you are applying for an Emirates ID for your dependents through the online channels such as FAIC website or Smart App, you will need to fill out the application form and pay the fees online instead of visiting the typing centre. After this, you can follow the same process as mentioned above.

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UAE NATIONALS

WHERE CAN UAE NATIONALS APPLY FOR A NEW EMIRATES ID?

UAE nationals typically apply for their ID card through the main Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship centres, which are located in specific customer happiness centres, or an approved typing centre.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR EMIRATES ID

For UAE Nationals, the Emirates ID application documents are as follows:

  • Original Family Book (in case of newborn application, make sure the child is added to the family book) (Only required when applying through a typing centre)
  • Original passport

For Emirates ID applications for newborns or those under the age of 15, the following documents are also required:

  • Personal photo with white background
  • Original birth certificate OR father’s passport or Emirates ID
  • ID Number issued when registering in the Population Register (only for newborn applications)

EMIRATES ID APPLICATION FEES FOR UAE NATIONALS

Looking for fees for Emirates ID application for UAE Nationals? This Emirates ID cost will depend on the length of validity, which applicants can choose between five or ten years, and the mode of application.

Typing Centre
  • 5 Years Validity: AED 170
  • 10 Years Validity: AED 270
Federal Authority Centre for Identity and Citizenship Centre
  • 5 Years Validity: AED 290
  • 10 Years Validity: AED 390

PROCESS TO APPLY FOR EMIRATES ID FOR UAE NATIONALS

The application process for Emirates ID for UAE Nationals is quite simple. Take a look at the steps below for applying through an FAIC centre or typing centre:

  • Visit the main Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship centres at specific customer happiness centres or an approved typing centre with the necessary documents to have the application form filled out. Pay the appropriate fees for the length of validity chosen.
  • Applicants above the age of 15 years may need to have their biometrics taken. They can have their photograph and fingerprints taken at the main FAIC centres.
  • After these procedures have been completed, their Emirates ID application will begin to be processed. They will receive a notification when their new ID card is ready for collection. Those applying through the FAIC centres will have their ID card issued 24 hours after application, which can be collected from the centre itself. However, those applying through a typing centre will have it issued within 5 working days and can collect it from the post office mentioned in the application.

When applying for an Emirates ID for newborns who are UAE Nationals, the child’s name must be added to the family book and registered with the Population Register. At that point, the newborn applicant will receive their Emirates ID number. The parents of the newborn applicant can then apply for a renewal process in order for the ID card to be issued, as well.

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GCC NATIONALS

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR EMIRATES ID APPLICATION FOR GCC NATIONALS

When applying for a new Emirates ID card for GCC Nationals, applicants will need the following documents:

  • Original passport
  • Original Valid GCC ID Card
  • Proof of residency in the UAE (such as valid trade license, certificate to prove the applicant is studying in the UAE, employment certificate or attested employment agreement) (For children, the relevant documents for the parent of the applicant can be used)

For Emirates ID applications for newborns or those under the age of 15, there are additional documents required:

  • Personal photo with white background
  • Original birth certificate OR father’s passport or Emirates ID

APPLICATION COST FOR EMIRATES ID FOR GCC NATIONALS

GCC Nationals are issued a 5-year Emirates ID, which has the same application cost as that for UAE Nationals.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR AN EMIRATES ID FOR GCC NATIONALS

The Emirates ID application procedure for GCC Nationals is the same as that for UAE Nationals. However, the processing time for their application may take longer than that for UAE Nationals.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE TYPING CENTRES AND FAIC CENTRES?

The list of approved Emirates ID typing centres and FAIC service centres, which is the Emirates ID Authority, in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other emirates can be found on the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship website. 

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HOW TO RENEW YOUR EMIRATES ID

Once the Emirates ID card expires, which will depend on the validity of the card, UAE citizens and residents have 30 days from the date of expiry to renew their ID card. After this period, there will be a late fine of AED 20 per day, which can go up to a maximum of AED 1,000.

WHERE CAN YOU RENEW YOUR EMIRATES ID?

The Emirates ID renewal process is the same as applying for a new ID card, including the service channels through which applicants can renew.

If an expatriate’s residence visa is already stamped and active when renewing the Emirates ID, they can do the renewal process through the FAIC service centres. This will allow them to have their renewed ID card issued 24 hours after the application. However, the urgent service fee will be charged for expats when renewing through FAIC centres:

  • 1 Year Validity: AED 290
  • 2 Years Validity: AED 390
  • 3 Years Validity: AED 490

WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR EMIRATES ID RENEWAL?

The documents required for Emirates ID renewal for expats, UAE Nationals and GCC Nationals is nearly the same as that for first-time applicants. Applicants will also need to carry along their old ID card when going for the renewal process.

In the case of expat residents, instead of their entry permit, they will need to show their residency visa under renewal when renewing their ID card as well.

WHAT IS THE EMIRATES ID RENEWAL COST?

The Emirates ID renewal fees are the same as that for first-time applicants, which varies depending on the validity of the card, method of application and whether the cardholder is an expat or UAE/GCC National. Please take a look at the application costs above to find out the Emirates ID renewal charges.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR EMIRATES ID RENEWAL?

Want to know how to renew your Emirates ID? The renewal process for the UAE ID card requires the same steps as that for first-time applications and has the same processing time as well.

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