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Urgent Update for Expatriates Regarding Emirates ID Cards

Expatriates will receive a Dh20 a day fine for each day they do not possess an Emirates ID card from mid-October, a new regulation says. Residents will be penalised every day up to a total of Dh1,000. Fines will also be imposed for delays in renewing the cards 30 days after they expire and delays in reporting data changes 30 days after the change occurs.

The National. August 22nd, 2011

… “New fees for extra registration services were also outlined in Cabinet decision No 25 for 2011, which was published on Thursday.

A mobile registration card for members of a single family will cost Dh1,000 while an expedited service, which allows patrons to apply for or renew a card without an appointment, will cost Dh150.

The disabled will be exempt from paying registration fees, as will those who are part of the social Daman programme, although they will be required to pay for extras and fines.”

Article courtesy of The National

10 Responses to “Urgent Update for Expatriates Regarding Emirates ID Cards”

  1. Jen says:

    Will this fine apply to children too? I heard kids had to get this card as well, but my husband and I only got them for ourselves assuming our children would never have a need for an ID… oh dear!

  2. Alexis says:

    Hi! Jen, All children under the age of 15 are now obliged to have an Emirates Identity Card. Here is the link to a recent article of ours on this subject. It is not yet confirmed whether the fine will extend to children but we will look into it and get back to you asap.

  3. Della says:

    Hi! I have an ID card however I will be changing jobs shortly and heard a rumor that my current card will be cancelled and I will have to do the whole process again once I receive my new visa! Is this true?

  4. Alexis says:

    Hi! Della, a renewal application must be completed once you receive your new visa. The Emirates Identity Authority will then advise you once they have processed the application if any additional finger prints or photos will be required. This is usually only necessary if the authorities are not happy with the current photo or finger prints already on file.

  5. Juan dela Cruz says:

    Will I be penalised if I still don’t have my Emirates ID even though I have already attended the photo and registration process?

  6. Alexis says:

    Hi! Juan, if an applicant has not yet received his/her ID card but has completed the registration process (finger print, eye scan and digital signature) they will not be penalized.

  7. Claire says:

    I read The National article and assumed that as it started with the words “Abu Dhabi” that this was a change that effected that emirate and not the others. There is no mention of the change in any of the other papers, not on the EIDA website. I’m not saying that the law isn’t changing, it just appears to be badly communicated.

  8. Pat says:

    Cool! That’s a clever way of looking at it!

  9. Erum says:

    Hi, I would just like to confirm that the fines start from mid-October not from now on, right? So we can still apply for the ID cards?

  10. matthew says:

    The following details should help.
    This came in Gulf news on 15th Sept ’11.

    The application of late fee for expatriates (above 15 years) will be implemented in four phases:

    Phase 1: From December 1, 2011
    Includes all expatriates in the Northern Emirates: Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman, in addition to all employees in the federal and local public sectors and semi-government organisations and their families

    Phase 2: Ffrom february 1, 2012
    Includes all expatriates in the Emirate of Sharjah

    Phase 3: From April 1, 2012
    Includes all expatriates in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi


    The Ministerial Decision No. 25 of 2011 stipulates a penalty of Dh20 per day up to a maximum of Dh1,000 for the following offences:
    Delay in registration or issuance of identity cards, for all categories and age groups
    Delay in renewing ID cards, for all categories and ages (effective 30 days from expiry of the card)
    Delay in reporting any change or modification in the cardholder’s personal data or incidents, for all categories and age groups (after 30 days from the date of the change)
    October 31, 2011 will be the deadline for renewing all identity cards expiring up to that date. Any cardholder across the UAE, with the exception of children under 15 years, has 30 days to renew the card from the date of expiry.
    Phase 4: From June 1, 2012
    Includes all expatriates in the Emirate of Dubai

    The board also directed to collect the late fee from anyone across the UAE over the age of 15, applying for a residence visa renewal without ID registration, effective January 1, 2012 as per Ministerial Decision No: 25 for 2011.

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