By Claire Valdini
Children under 15, whose visa expires before Dec 31, will not have to apply for an ID card by Sept 15
Children under the age of 15, whose visa expires before December 31, will not have to apply for an ID card by September 15, Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has said.
Children will instead be able to apply for their card at the same time as their visa but parents must register before October 1 to avoid late fees, EIDA said.
The announcement follows weeks after UAE authorities said they would extend the deadline for Dubai residents by one month to June 30. EIDA said the deadline extension would be a “one-off” and would not be flexible in the future.
Those who do not begin the process by the new deadline face fines of AED20 per day. Failure to renew cards and failure to update important biographical data will result in a maximum fee of AED1,000.
EIDA has faced an uphill struggle in convincing UAE residents to sign up for mandatory identification cards, despite announcing a series of deadlines for applications.
The scheme, which began in 2005, was designed to integrate information from labour cards, visas and other ID documents, and to make government transactions easier.
Each card contains the holder’s address, photo, date of birth and fingerprints, and can be used as an official source of identification in the Gulf state.
EIDA received 3.3 million transactions for issuing ID cards during the first five months of 2012 including one million in May. Around 90 percent of the Dubai population had registered in time.