Emiratis without ID cards to lose access to police services

Ministry sets new Nov 22 deadline, ruling on expats to be announced at later date.
Emiratis without ID cards to lose access to police services
CARD WARNING: Emiratis without ID cards will not have access to services relating to the Ministry of Interior after November 22.
By Andy Sambidge
Thu 05 Nov 2009 07:21 AM

Emiratis will not have access to services provided by the UAE's Interior Ministry after November 22 unless they have obtained an ID card.

The ministry said that expats in the country would be exempted from this rule "in the current time" but added that a deadline would be announced later.

According to a report by news agency WAM, officials have set the obtaining of identity cards as a precondition to obtaining services from security authorities and police directorates in all emirates as of November 22.

A statement issued by the ministry said that citizens who not hold an ID card will be affected in accordance with Federal Law No 9/Year 2006. It did not give any details regarding how many Emiratis have yet to register for the card.

The Statement also said that directives have been sent to all ministry departments across the country informing them of the new regulation.

The statement added that a new rule affecting expats in the UAE would be "announced at a later time".

The Law of Population Register and Identity card of the Emirates Identity Authority makes it obligatory for all citizens of the UAE and residents who are above the age of 15 to obtain the ID card, WAM reported.

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