WAM ABU DHABI, 22nd January, 2014 (WAM) — In its quest to provide the best services to its customers, the Emirates Identity Authority has announced that U.A.E. citizens can now extend the validity of their new or renewed Emirates ID cards for 10 years.
The new service is in line with Emirates ID efforts to save the time and effort of its customers and strengthen the role of the ID card as a means to recognise and confirm people’s identities and as a prerequisite to avail most of the services provided by government and private sector services in the U.A.E..
Emirates ID has announced that at this stage, the validity period is optional for citizens at the time of issuing or renewing their ID cards. This is in implementation of Emirates ID Board of Directors’ decision last September which stated that it’s up to Emiratis at the beginning to choose the validity of their ID cards.
When undergoing an ID application process, Emiratis will have the option of paying AED100 for a validity period of five years, or AED200 for a validity period of ten years. These fees are in addition to application fees which are AED70 at typing centres and AED40 for the online application.
The Authority has clarified that the option to choose the validity period is available for two age groups; 15 and above and 6-10 year olds. The option is not available for those under 5 years and from 11-14 year olds.
The reason for not providing this option for children less than 5 years is because of the changes that occur on their facial characteristics during this age which requires taking a new photo of the ID holder after 5 years. The reason for withholding the option from 11-14 year old is because they need to have their fingerprints taken at the age of 15.
Emiratis can avail the service by filling in the online application or through mobile phones in the case of card renewals. The service is also available through more than 1400 typing centres throughout the U.A.E. or through the service centres (urgent service) for a fee of AED150.
Extending the validity of the Emirates ID card for 10 years is not available when applying for a replacement of a damaged or lost card or when updating the applicant’s information. Cards in these cases are issued with the same validity as the replaced cards. Fees are AED300 for a damaged or lost card and AED150 for changing essential information that require issuing a new card.
Emirates ID stressed that it continues to develop the ID card and improve its specifications to facilitate service provision. This includes activating the digital identity application, easing registration in the Population Register and ID card issuance and renewal especially now that the Emirates ID card has become the main reference and most important document to prove personal identities in the U.A.E..
The Authority affirmed the pivotal role of its different projects in promoting the adoption of the Population Register and the advanced identity systems in supporting the federal e-Government projects and enhancing the work of government entities.
The Emirates Identity Authority provides 22 decentralised printing devices for issuing ID cards in a number of its service centres to issue and renew ID cards immediately through the urgent service. Citizens and residents can use the online application easily and conveniently to issue and renew their cards. Emirati citizens can renew their cards using mobile phones.
156,184 cards that belong to Emirati citizens will expire this year.