By Elizabeth Broomhall
Ruling that outlines daily penalties for residents without ID cards comes into play Sunday, Sept 4
Expatriates and Emiratis in the UAE could face fines of AED20 for each day they fail to possess an Emirates ID card under a new decree that comes into effect Sunday, Sept 4.
UAE residents could be charged up to AED1,000 under the daily penalty outlined in Cabinet decision No.25 for 2011, issued on July 5, that aims to persuade residents to sign up for the mandatory identification cards.
The ruling also lays out daily fines for residents that fail to renew their ID cards within 30 days of the expiry date, or to update key data within a 30-day period.
In a statement to Arabian Business, the Emirates ID Authority (Eida) said the decision would be effective 60 days from date of issue on July 5.
“[Eida] has announced that it is currently working on an implementation plan,” the agency said.
Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) has faced an uphill struggle in convincing UAE residents to sign up for their mandatory identification cards, despite a series of deadlines.
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 UAE. The cost for a five-year card is AED100 for Emirates, while expatriates pay AED100 for each year the card is valid.
Eida said in December that UAE nationals had until June 30 to sign up for the identification card. No deadline was specified for expat residents.
In July, Dubai ruled that workers in any of Tecom’s eleven free zones would need to register for an ID card before applying to renew to secure their visa.
Expatriates and Emiratis in the tax-free business parks were told they must register for the identification card before completing the medical tests needed for visa applications.
Eida has long planned to tie the scheme to the compulsory medical test that residents are obliged to take when their residency visas are renewed.
It is likely the UAE government will increasingly require expatriates to present ID cards when dealing with federal agencies, in a bid to pressure residents into signing up for the scheme,
Browyn Colgan, a senior associate at Clyde and Co, said in July.
“It is our understanding that the Eida will put no final deadline in place [for expatriates to have ID cards] and there is no plan to issue fines to expatriates who don’t have the ID cards,” she said.
“But what they have said is that it will become increasingly difficult for individuals to deal with government departments and to complete transactions if they don’t have ID cards. What is happening in Tecom, you will see rolled out by other government departments in the UAE.”
Does this rule apply for children too ? is there any exception for children below 12. can someone advise
Would like to confirm that only those expatriats whose visas are expired will face the fine or everyone after the 4th Sep?
I have tried so hard to get one, last week the computers were not woking for days on end and now they have closed for Eid. Why not simplify the process?! It is too frustrating!
I had a look at the site of EIDA. In order to register I need to go to a Typing Centre. I dont want to go to a typing Centre. Can I fill out a e-form myself? I can type and dont need anybody to do that for me. On top of that I dont want to take my 2 young children to such a centre because it will be a pain.
we have all known we should have ID cards for years.
Yes it was painful early on trying to get one but we should all be beyond that now.
Let us move onto the next step so we don't all have to carry so many types of card, and only have this one as it was hyped to be.
I currently don't have my Emart ID card and plan to apply for it after Eid holidays, can anyone share more details.
Can anyone please share more details on this Daily Fine.
Will everyone who apply for ID card after 4th will get daily fines???
Please share more details..
Well! what I had done was to email my entire family document copies to enjazaat, through http://www.enjazat.ae/en/index.aspx
they typed my applicaiton, I deposited the required fee in their account, emailed them the fee receipt, and they replied back with the typed forms with appointments. I, then called up the EIDA helpline to have my appointments moved to my preferred center and timings. All done, and now I have received an SMS detailing where to collect my cards as they are now ready.
Excellent professional service, and saved me the hassel of visiting a typing center
It is not the fault of residents for the failure of implementing the National IDs.
Residents faced grave confusion, mis-information and system failure. Many resident lost hours waiting in various lines.
Even now the confusion has not ended. Last time we checked we were told the ID will be issues at the time of visa renewal, but now this article.
Following up on John's question, my understanding is (or was) that Emirates IDs were not required until you renew your residence visa. Has this changed? My residence visa is not up for renewal until 2013 so I thought I was ok until then??? Anyone?