Posted by: Pradeep | November 2, 2008

Emirates ID Cards

The electronic identity card is introduced in order to simplify the administrative procedures as well as ease and upgrade the UAE governmental services. It was introduced by the UAE Government since April 2006. This card is MANDATORY for all professional (nationals/ expatriates) of UAE. Obtaining/ issuing an ID card for children below 15 years, is a matter of choice and subject to guardian’s consent.

Kindly note the last date to apply is 31 December 2008. Thereafter a penalty will be assessed.

How to obtain the card:

Book an online appointment:




Registration Process:

1.      Filling in a registration form at the printing centers available at the registration offices of Emirates Identity Authority at a cost of AED 40 or free of charge through this website



2.      Attending personally at a registration office with the application form, valid original passport, and the following documents:

o  UAE Nationals: Family Book

o  Residents: Residence

o  GCC Citizens: one of these documents (valid work certificate, or attested and valid lease / ownership contract)

o  2-year Younger children: bringing them to the registration office along with 2 Personal Photos (5.5 X4.5 size, light-blue Background).


Registration fees:


·  AED 100 for each year’s residence or part thereof


For children below 15 years:

The registration in the population register is mandatory, but issuing the card is optional.  In case the parents wish to issue a card for a child below 15, the fees shall be: AED 50.


Visit the nearest EIDA service centre and pay the registration fee while submitting your form:

Locations in RAK:

A.  Safeer Mall – Al Dhait

B.  Al-Rams Club Service Center – Al Rams


Locations in Dubai:

A.  Al-Karama Service Center, Dubai

-Location: Al-Karama area, Dubai Central Post Office
-Tel: 04-3342055
-Fax: 04-3353250


B.  Department of Naturalization & Residency Service Center

C. Al-Barsha Service Center, Dubai

Location: Dubai, near Jebel Ali horse race course

Tel: 04-3417417

Fax: 04-3419889


Location in Abu Dhabi:

A.  Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi

B.  General Secretariat of Municipalities Service Center


Receiving the ID card:

You can either choose to have your National ID card sent to you by Empost or personally collect it after three working days, against payment of Dh15 fee to be made on enrolment.

Emirates Identity Authority provides the previous E-Booking System of Appointments through the Call Center 600 52 34 32.

For any further information on the above, you can visit the website


Alternatively use Empost services for everything. In this one has to buy pre-registration form for AED40/ea, fill in and with requisite documents give it back to Empost. They shall send smart form within 2-3 days which one needs to carry in person with other fees to EIDA registration center and complete the process. It shall save time wasted in long queues.



  1. Very well written, pradeep. I too shared the same info in my post.

  2. Taking about Empost, I really didnt have such a cordial response. I believe Empost only facilitates the form filling. Does it schedule an appointment for you ?? My experiences with the appointment have been bitter.

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