By Sara Scott
Procedure is free of charge and minor does not have to be present, Emirates Identity Authority says
Registration of Emirati newborns is now mandatory for e-passport and ID cards, the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) announced on Monday.
In order to register, the original summary of civil status and original birth certificate of the Emirati newborn must be presented at an EIDA-affiliated registration centre, according to a Khaleej Times report.
The process also stipulates that the parents present their own ID cards. There are no transaction fees for the registration service and the minor does not have to be present.
Once registered, an identity certificate will be issued. The identity certificate can be used to apply for an electronic passport (e-passport) and then, an ID card, the report added.
The procedure is a contrast to the process for adults, who must possess an ID card prior to applying for an e-passport.
The 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.