If you are planning to come and work in any of the seven emirates of the UAE, one of the first things that you should have is a resident identity card or Emirates ID. This is the main identification card of all UAE citizens and residents, and it should be carried at all times.
The resident identity card is issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. It can be used as proof of identity when obtaining government services, as well as when registering vehicles, paying utility bills, and paying fines. In other words, you can’t leave your house without it!
Guide to Applying for an Emirates Resident Identity Card (Emirates ID)
If you are planning to apply for a resident identity card or Emirates ID, be sure to take note of the following requirements and procedure.
Prepare the following required documents:
- Visa (or visa work permit)
- Emirates ID application
Here is a step-by-step guide to getting an Emirates ID:
#1 – Fill up an application form. You can do this at an approved typing office or online via the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. After submitting your application, you will receive an SMS stating the date, time, and location of the branch that you should visit.
#2 – Go to a branch office of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. There, you will have your picture taken and fingerprints scanned. Pay the fee (AED 100 for one year validity) and keep the official receipt of your payment.
#3 – Track your application. You can do this by entering your account number on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website and selecting “ID Card Status.”
#4 – Claim your Emirates ID. You will receive an SMS once your resident identity card is ready for claiming, usually through a local post office. Be sure to claim it within 90 days; otherwise, it will be returned to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and discarded.
List of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship Branches
In Dubai, here are some of the locations where you can apply for an Emirates ID:
- Al Baraha – 04 383 2189
- Al Barsha – 04 383 2222
- Al Jafiliya – 04 383 2399
- Al Karama Centre – 04 383 2333
- Al Quoz – 04 383 2282
- Al Rashidiya – 04 284 5252
- JAFZA – 04 383 2225
- Knowledge Village – 04 383 2225
- Muhaisnah Centre – 04 383 2172
Visit this link to see the complete list of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship branches.
Once you have received your resident identity card or Emirates ID, be sure to:
- Carry it at all times. This identity card is a major requirement for all UAE citizens and residents.
- Replace a lost card. If you lose your Emirates ID, try to have it replaced and apply for a new one as soon as possible.
- Update any changes in status. If you get married and change your name, for example, don’t forget to inform the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.
- Apply for your children. Everyone in the UAE, including children, should have an Emirates ID. So if you have a newborn child, or if you are planning to sponsor your child in the country, take the time to apply for his/her resident identity card.
Remember, if you plan to apply for jobs in Dubai and the UAE, you will eventually need to obtain a resident identity card or Emirates ID to stay legally in the country.
DISCLAIMER: The above details are presented for information-sharing purposed only. To know more about applying for a resident identity card or Emirates ID, please visit the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website or the Official Portal of the UAE Government.