Emirates ID, in simple terms, is a plastic card that will confirm your identity and allow you to open a bank account, apply for a loan or receive any type of government services in the United Arab Emirates - for example, buy a SIM card or sign up for an Internet subscription. Let's figure out how to get an Emirates ID, why you need it, how to get it or replace a lost one in 24 hours.
What is an ID-card in the UAE
Emirates ID is an internal "pass" that confirms the owner's personal data. Federal law made it mandatory after 2012. We can say that this is an alternative to a regular passport, only it looks like a plastic card with a unique 15-digit number.
In addition to the identification number, such a card contains the owner's data: photo, full name and full date of birth. In addition, it has a special chip that stores fingerprint biometrics and the digital signature of the owner.
Who is supposed to have such a card? All residents of the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia (in other words, it is valid throughout the Persian Gulf ), as well as those who have a resident visa and reside permanently in the state, regardless of nationality. ID is issued even for children, starting from infancy. Please note that the resident visa, internal passport and Emirates ID are three different documents! As for the ID, it is issued based on a resident visa and depends on the duration of its validity.
What does the resident card give
Emirates ID in Dubai is needed not only to confirm the identity of the owner, but also to access a wide range of government or private services.
The card allows:
- live in the country for a long time,
- open a bank account
- buy property or rent a house,
- pay utility bills
- access online banking or government services,
- register a purchased car or renew a driver's license,
- pay fines,
- receive health insurance and be treated at a local clinic,
- skip the queue at the country's airports through eGates.
If we summarize all these advantages, then such a certificate will help to resolve both domestic and administrative issues in a timely manner.
Additional advantages include the possibility of free travel to other countries and the availability of American and Schengen visas.
How to get an Emirates ID in Dubai
Emirates ID cards are issued by an accredited organization - Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship of the UAE), or ICA. The application can be submitted on the FAIC website or on the ICA UAE Smart mobile app. In addition, you can personally come and fill out the form manually in the Typing Office or Customer Happiness Center. It is possible to become the owner of an identification card during employment - in such a situation, the employer takes care of all the hassle and costs of registration, even if we are talking about remote work. The card will be valid as long as you are on the company staff list. Another option, is to open a company in the United Arab Emirates yourself. The process will take about 5-7 days. More details about this direction can be found in a separate article. Make Fortune Business Solutions handles Emirates ID on a turnkey basis so you can avoid the lengthy and tedious registration process. At the same time, complete confidentiality and protection of your personal data is guaranteed. What documents are required for Emirates ID:
- application for issuing an identification card (you will need to fill out a special form),
- the results of a routine medical examination (including standard tests for HIV and tuberculosis),
- stamp duty check,
- a valid passport with an open visa.
For children under the age of 15, a birth certificate (original document) will be required, in addition, one of the parents must provide their passport. An authorized representative can also submit an application - in this case, a power of attorney certified by a notary and an original certificate from a notary's office will be required.
The processing time is up to ten days. The service sends a notification about the readiness of the certificate to the resident by e-mail.
If your personal data (for example, last name) changes, they should be updated within a maximum of 30 days. To do this, you will have to visit one of the offices of the Customer Happiness Center.
How long is the certificate valid
Emirates ID is valid for one year from the date of issue. Further, it must be renewed, since there is a penalty of AED 20 per day for an expired card. Thus, a fine for 1.5 months can reach 1,000 dirhams (more than 20,000 rubles). It is not charged immediately, but only 30 days after the expiration of the card. There are cases when the card is issued for a period of two years. To do this, a resident must purchase a property worth over 750,000 dirhams. The legislation implies that only the owner's own funds are used to purchase housing, without loans and mortgages.
Please note that there can be more than one such objects - the total amount is an important condition.
The cost of registration is influenced by various factors: the age of the owner, the urgency of production and the type of card, its validity period, the method of transferring documents, as well as additional services. It should be noted that each of the stages must be paid separately, including medical tests and biometrics. At Make Fortune Business Solutions, you can get an ID-card service on favorable terms with minimal time spent. The base cost of registration, including service fees, as well as ALL government fees, personal manager services and full support, is $1528.
How to quickly replace a lost Emirates ID
We know it sounds unrealistic, but in Dubai you can renew your ID in 24 hours thanks to the Fawri service. But only in three cases: it was damaged, lost or stolen. To do this, you should contact one of the Customer Service Centers and present your valid passport, in which the resident visa is affixed. The old card will be deactivated and a new one will be made. Before an updated copy is issued, you will be given a temporary card to use, usually its electronic version. In this case, a special QR code is created that can be downloaded to a mobile device and presented when contacting any government agencies and private companies - until you receive a plastic card.
How much does it cost to get a new ID?
- 100 AED - for each year of validity,
- 50 AED - service fee,
- 30 AED - printing,
- 150 AED - surcharge for urgent production.
You can also use the replacement service if the previous ID has expired and you need to reissue it. However, this method will not work for creating a primary resident identification number!
If you do not intend to stay in the Emirates and do not plan to renew the certificate, it must be returned to the General Directorate of Residents and Aliens.
Why is it better to entrust the issue of Emirates ID to a consulting company
Emirates ID is a time-consuming process that requires attention and a lot of free time. Moreover, when preparing documents on their own, individuals and legal entities often lack expertise and confidence in complying with the laws of another country. We understand this, therefore we offer assistance in obtaining a resident visa and a residence permit. Make Fortune Business Solutions specialists take care of all the necessary documents, which are indispensable for living and working in the UAE. We take care of all the processes: filling out, submitting and receiving documents for company employees or family members. This is how you become an Emirates ID holder without any hassle - in a timely and secure manner.
The service includes the following steps:
- Development of an action plan and conclusion of an agreement - we answer all your questions and work out the steps to gaining the status of a resident of the UAE.
- Preparation of questionnaires - we collect the entire package of documents, only the correct information is needed from you.
- Applying for an Entry Permit (permit to enter).
- Organization of medical examination.
- Assistance in the collection of biometric data.
- Registration of a resident visa.
- Preparation and submission of documents to the registration office for obtaining an Emirates ID.
- Accompaniment in the preparation of documents for the UAE government agencies - we suggest where and how to register, we prepare for a meeting with the authorized bodies.
- Assistance with opening a bank account.
You will be able to track every step of the way to obtaining a resident visa and ID card. Our consultants are constantly in touch to provide customers with access to personal accounts and orient online about the stage of the order.
Call or apply on the Make Fortune website to get a ready-made Emirates ID in a short time.