By Neeraj Gangal
Applicants can avoid visiting typing centres by filling e-registration form on EIDA's website
Registering for Emirates ID cards could become easier for hundreds of UAE's internet-friendly residents as they would soon be able to apply for the cards online.
The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) will begin an experimental launch of the e-registration form for the ID card from January 1.
Applicants can avoid visiting typing centres by filling the ID application form on EIDA’s website, pay fees using their debit or credit cards and directly get an appointment for finger-printing.
The online application system will begin next month for Emiratis and will be extended to the country’s expatriates from February.
Expatriates living in Dubai will need to register for their Emirates ID cards before renewing or applying for their residency visas from April, authorities said this month.
Effective from April 1 2012, foreign residents across the city will need to register for an identification card before they can complete the medical tests needed for visa applications.
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.