75,000 register for ID cards in four weeks

CEO of Emirates Post offices says plans are in place to handle rush, smooth out process.
75,000 register for ID cards in four weeks
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 11 Nov 2008 06:31 AM

Post offices have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people registering for the National ID cards during the past month, it has been revealed.

In the four weeks since Emirates Post offices started distributing and accepting registration forms, more than 75,000 forms have been collected by members of the public across the UAE, news agency WAM reported.

The government plans to register approximately 400,000 expatriates by the end of 2008, but the system has been hit by problems with many people previously unable to get appointments at Emirates Identity Authority (EID) centres.

People that fail to obtain national ID cards on time will lose the right to use government-related services.

Ibrahim bin Karam, CEO of Emirates Post, said: "We have made arrangements to handle the rush. We urge all customers to start the process early to avoid chaos when the deadline draws near.

"The post offices are fully geared to meet the demand of applicants, and our staff has been specially trained to handle queries from our customers. We are working closely with EID officials to smoothen the whole process."

Members of the public can buy special envelopes (priced at 40 dirhams) from post offices, containing a registration form which can be filled in and submitted to any post office counter.

Emirates Post will then send the completed forms to the applicant through their PO Box, giving the date on which he can go to the EID centre to submit the form.

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