Getting Emirates ID
For getting an Emirates ID card, the applicant has to fill the eForm in one of the authorised typing centres or through the Emirates ID Online form available on Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) website.
An SMS containing information about when and where to register will follow the application .The applicant will proceed afterwards 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
Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC)
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- 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 through 12 FAIC Customers Happiness Centres. They are:
- Al Wehdah 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
Note that after the Emirates ID expires, the ID holder must apply for its renewal. The 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 service centre or preventive medical centre to provide your biometric details.
Note that if you are late in submitting ID card applications, you could be fined AED 20 per day of delay; AED 1000 is the maximum fine. Late fines are applied on ID renewal procedures after 30 days of its expiry.
Late fines apply also in case of any delay in reporting any data change after 30 days of the occurrence of the change.
The following links outline renewal terms and conditions for UAE nationals, GCC nationals and residents
Newly born babies of UAE nationals born abroad
The following documents are required when applying for an Emirates ID card for babies born outside the UAE:
- Birth certificate - parents must obtain a birth certificate from the competent authority in the country where the child was born
- Registration - parents must register the new-born at the nearest UAE embassy/consulate before registering the new-born in the UAE
- Passport of the new-born.
Note that the Emirates ID card can be issued only after the passport of the baby is issued.
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 28 Nov 2017