By Andy Sambidge
UAE aims to process 20,000 applicants per day, almost triple the current level.
The number of ID card registration centres in the UAE is to increase as officials aim to process 20,000 applicants per day - almost tripling the current level, it was reported on Wednesday.
Registration for mandatory identity cards, which can take a whole day, will be cut to five minutes, with changes to the system expected within the next fortnight.
“This will enhance the registration process,” said Gen Ahmed al Raisi, the chairman of the Emirates Identity Authority, in comments published by UAE daily The National.
“Instead of going back and forth between departments, the person will go to one place only and the process will be over in five minutes.
Currently, applicants must take a quick medical check-up, a visit the immigration department and several other government offices before a card can be issued.
Within months, mobile registration centres will drive out to people who cannot travel to register, the paper added.
The moves to improve the programme were announced at the Identity Conference 2010.
So far, 1.8 million nationals and expatriates have registered for the cards.
Please ensure that the web site is up to date with easy to understand location maps and the centre staff are well trained. Getting different answers from different places is not helpful! Any effort to make this process easier is MUCH appreciated.
I did not realise that ID cards were still necessary. I certainly don't have one and still have no intention to. This should be for citizens only. Expats have Residence Visas, Labour Cards, etc. etc. It is just a case of ceating jobs for the locals, and reaping cash, nothing more.