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Emirates ID

The emirates id is also known as ‘UAE ID CARD’.

It is an identification card which is issued by ‘FEDERAL AUTHORITY OF IDENTITY AND CITIZENSHIP’ (FAIC). it is a portable personal database and it is mandatory to have for all the residents and citizens of UAE and it is mandatory for all the people in the UAE to carry the id card all the time. Every id card contains 15 digit number on the card and it is registered to a particular cardholder forever, The personal data with an electronic chip which is consisting of fingers biometrics and a photocopy of the cardholder is present on it.


Uses of ID

1. To get government services.

2. To vote in the elections of Federal National Council.

3. As a travel document for UAE citizens to travel within the GCC.

4. As a document to pass immigration through the eGates and smart gates at several airports in the UAE.


The validity of the ID

the validity of the id differs from expatriate residents, UAE nationals and GCC nationals.

1. The ex-pat (expatriate) residents:- depending on their visa deadline.

2. UAE nationals:- 5 to 10 years 

3. GCC nationals:- 5 years

For ex-pat residents, they get either by company behalf or by applying through validly approved centres in the UAE.

Once the id card is expired from the date of expiry they have a period of thirty days of time for the renewal for a new id. And in case if late renewal of id fine of AED 20 is charged per day and a maximum amount of charge of AED 1,000. The processes for the renewal of id is as same as applying a new id. It is applied through FAIC service centres. The processes are started after 24 hours of issue.


Required documents for the renewal of emirates id

The documents required for renewal is as same as the new application of emirates id and old id card and residence renewal documents should also be carried along with the needed documents. 

Fee charged for ID renewal

The service fee charged for the renewal by FAIC  service centre is same as the cost of first time application which is differed by  depending by a variety of card method of application whether the applicant is a ex-pat or UAE or GCC NATIONALITY

1. Year Validity: AED 290

2. 2 Years Validity: AED 390

3. Years Validity: AED 490

In case of loss, theft or damage of emirates ID card

In the above-mentioned cases, there are specific steps and conditions should be followed as mentioned further,

1. File a case in the police station as lost or theft in case of loss or theft.

2. The cardholder should apply for emirates id replacement through FAIC service centre or an approved typing centre. if someone is applying for their dependents they can apply through a smart app or FAIC online website and the applicants may be required their biometrics to submit.

3. The mentioned amount of fee is paid for a replacement application.

When the application is applied through FAIC service centre the emirates card is received from 24 hours of application otherwise they will receive in a period of 5 official working days.


The documents required for application of replacement of emirates ID

Expat residents:- original passport with residency visa stamped

UAE nationals:- original passport and family book (when applying through typing centre or online), 

No documents required when visiting FAIC centre)

GCC nationals:- original passport, Unified Identification Number, original GCC ID card and proof of residency

For applicants below the age of 15 years, they will also require a personal photograph with white background, original birth certificate OR father’s passport or Emirates ID. 

For GCC national applicants below 15 years, they will need their father’s GCC ID card.

 Fee charged for emirates id replacements by the FAIC service centre

the id replacement cost will differ on the type of method of submission and is same for EXPECT GCC AND UAE NATIONALITIES 

1. FAIC website or smart app: AED 340

2. Typing centre: AED 370

3. FAIC Centre: AED 490


Tracking your card status

You can track your card status by following below steps 

1. Visit the official Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website

2. On the homepage, select the option ‘ID Card Status’

3. To check application status,

4. Enter the application (PRAN) number, or your Emirates ID number to check renewal or replacement status.



Generally, an entry permit visa s issued and approved by ‘GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF RESIDENCY AND FOREIGNERS AFFAIRS’ (GDRFA). That allows the foreigners to enter into UAE and stay for a permitted period of time. The documents copy may be in a  printed copy or computerized version but check before the starting of application weather we need have entry permit of we might get after arrival.

The sponsor or the company who wants the person to enter into UAE handles all the online and offline versions applications and is responsible to get visa permit from GDRFA online and offline channels.

The sponsor can be a private sector, public entity, UAE based airline and so on…

The visa entry permit has a validity date which differs from cases to cases, which refers to the period within which the entry permit must be used by entering the UAE through one of its entry points at the land borders, airports or seaports. 

For most entry permits, the validity is two months. The validity of entry permits can’t be extended, they automatically expire upon the lapse of their respective time.

An employment visa generally consisting of 2 months, during this period the sponsor must change the employee visa into a residential visa or else the person should leave the country within the permitted amount of time. To avoid fines and penalties or renew their application according to new rules 

A new rule has been executed on 21 October 2018 as all types of visa permits can be extended for twice by staying in the country i.e., without any need to leave to their native country

The GDRFA will paste a residence visa on the passport enabling him to travel freely in and out of the UAE within the validity period of the visa, provided the duration of travel does not exceed six months, or else the residence visa will be cancelled automatically.



Yes, the visa stamping is necessary to get an emirates id. As the FAIC checks, the visa permitted details and etc are checked for the approval of emirates id.


Frequently Asked Questions

For getting an Emirates ID Abu Dhabi card, the applicant has to fill the eForm at one of the authorized typing centers or through the online form available on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC). As an SMS containing information about when and where to register will follow the application.

You must collect your Emirates ID Abu Dhabi from the post office specified in the official ICA SMS, and you must present the application receipt or text message to receive your ID card.

Here is a step-by-step guide to accessing your e-Emirates ID Abu Dhabi:

  1. Log in to the ICA website or download the ICA UAE Smart.
  2. Log in to the system using the UAE Pass or personal account details.
  3. Apply for Emirates ID Abu Dhabi renewal and receive a notification.
  4. Log in to the system and click on 'Personal Wallet.'
  5. From there you can download the Emirates ID.

Although there are no such legal directive that compels companies to bear the cost of Emirates ID Abu Dhabi, Emirates ID Abu Dhabientity Authority (Eida) chief says companies should pay the cost of ID cards for their employees. "There are no such legal directives on who should pay the fees for the ID cards.

Identity Theft: If someone collects your personal information and he or she can impersonate you. However, as a three-factor authentication system protects the Emirates ID Abu Dhabi card, identity theft through its system is ruled out.

Here is the step-by-step guide to updating your Emirates ID Abu Dhabi:

  1. Go to the nearest Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship branch office.
  2. Now fill up the application form and submit your documents.
  3. Pay the application fee (AED 150).
  4. Confirm your biometrics (e.g., photograph, fingerprints).

The PRAN number is mostly available on your Emirates ID Abu Dhabi application form, whereas the IDN number is an actual Emirates ID Abu Dhabi card number. Once you have entered your relevant details and clicked the arrow to proceed, the website will display all the details about your Emirates ID Abu Dhabi status.

According to ICA, users can update their details or report any change in the given timeframe. While using your Emirates ID Abu Dhabi for an online service, you have to complete a two-step verification, where the OTP is sent to your registered mobile number.

First of all, please note that that there is no legal provision in the Employment Law relating to bearing the cost of Emirates ID Abu Dhabi (UAE Resident Identity Card) by the employer (Company) or the employee (worker), but the EIDA (Emirates ID Abu Dhabientity Authority) had urged all employers (companies) to take up the responsibility.

Identity Number – It is the Emirates ID Abu Dhabi number, printed on the front of the Card.

File Number – This file number is printed on your residence visa, which is stamped in your Passport. While filling out the form, you will see the file number slots contain the following sections: department, year; service; sequence.

Without obtaining the valid car certificate, a car can't be transferred to a buyer. The main car seller must be present at the time of transfer with an original valid UAE driving license/Emirates ID Abu Dhabi and a valid test certificate. Any fines or the due must be cleared before selling a car.

EIDA Centre Emirates ID Abu Dhabi application should be attached with the Visa stamping form. Type Medical & ID application and go for Medical first, then fingerprint at EIDA Centre near Medical Clinic.

Documents required for Emirates ID Abu Dhabi

  • An original Passport.
  • An original Valid GCC ID Card.
  • The proof of residency in the UAE (such as the valid trade license, certificate to prove that 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)

Simply log in to My Etisalat UAE app to renew your Emirates ID Abu Dhabi card.

  1. Renew your registration now.
  2. Required documents.
  3. Verifying and maintaining the valid ID details.
  4. Track your mobile registration.

Steps to obtain Emirati ID card online

  1. Get your documents ready. For an online ID card application, you will need the following documents:
  2. Getting correct UAE ID card photo: Use UAE ID photo page to get a new photograph.
  3. Fill the application form.
  4. Make a payment.
  5. Visit EIDA Branch. 
  6. Collect your Card.

The residents who intend to cancel their UAE residence visa for the purpose of leaving your own 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.

You must collect your Emirates ID Abu Dhabi from the post office specified in the official ICA SMS, and you must present the application receipt or text message to receive your ID card.

  1. Step 1: Visit the ICA website.
  2. Step 2: Click on the search bar and find "Application Status" under the quick links category.
  3. Step 3: Give your application number or Emirates ID Abu Dhabi number(for renewal/replacement). Here, the applicants can track every detail of the card process.

The Emirates ID Abu Dhabi Card has an electronic chip containing important information about the resident, including basic details, photos, and biometric data or fingerprints. The Emirates ID Abu Dhabi card can be used in several transactions such as phone and internet, paying utility bills, paying fines, and registering vehicles.

During the registration process, you need to activate the PIN code. Your Emirates ID Abu Dhabi Card is required during this process, and you must authenticate yourself with your fingerprint to set a new four-digit PIN code.

  1. Apply for the Emirates ID card replacement. After reporting the incident, fill in the application form at any ICA's Customer Happiness Centres or fill it through the eForm on the ICA website or the ICA UAE app available on iTunes and Google Play and request a replacement of ID card.
  2. Pay the fees.
  3. Collect your new Emirates ID Abu Dhabi card.

The Card costs AED 100 for five-year validity or AED 200 for ten-year validity for UAE Citizens. Expatriates are charged AED 100 per year of validity, with the maximum years being capped at the expiry of their current visa.

If you have lost the emirates ID in Dubai then you have to appriach the ICA customer happiness centre and report the incident so the stolen or lost card will be deactivated immediately and ask ICA for ID number confirmation or a copy of the lost ID in case you don't have one.

The emirates ID us important in Dubai because it is the proof of identity as it protects your identity and helps against fraud and identity theft.

To get the emirates ID card in Abu Dhabi, you have to visit the typing centre to get your emirates ID application typed and you have to be with your original passport and original entry permit (visa).

Yes, as long as you have a passport you can travel or exit the UAE without ab emirates ID card.

For getting emirates ID, the applicant has to fill the eForm at one of the authorised typing centres or through the online form available on website of Federal authority for identity and citizenship. An SMS containing information about when and where to register will follow the application.

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