To have a permanent residency in Dubai, an Emirates ID serves as your key identification. No matter which city you live in, you are required to carry this card with you at all times. Issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC), it contains an electronic chip, which has all important data stored in it. For example, right from your fingerprints to other basic details and photos, everything is stored in this small chip which will help in almost making any transaction in UAE like buying a property for sale, renting an apartment, short term rentals, buying a car in dubai and more .
Apart from being your official identification in the UAE, an Emirates ID can be used for several other purposes as well. For example, you can use it to carry out various transactions such as paying utility bills, registering vehicles, paying fines, etc. Furthermore, you won’t be able to buy property in Dubai or any other emirate if you don’t have an Emirates ID.
If a UAE national needs to apply for an Emirates ID, they need to visit any FAIC centre or an approved typing centre. Specific happiness centres located in the city have FAIC centres within them.
A UAE national needs the following documents to get their application processed:
If the applicant is below 15 years of age, they require the following documents to proceed:
For new-born applications, an ID number is required, which is issued at the time of registering in the Population Register.
Emirates ID fees depend on the duration for which it remains valid. Moreover, the mode of application also influences the fees. Have a look at the details:
Just like UAE nationals, Expats are also required to carry their Emirates ID with them all the time. Whether they want to pay a bill or look for houses for sale in Dubai offers, Emirates ID is necessary for them to complete every transaction.
If you are moving to Dubai for work purposes, you can ask your company to sponsor you and apply for an ID on your behalf. You can also do it on your own by applying through an approved typing centre located anywhere in Dubai.
For people below the age of 15 or new-borns, these additional documents are required:
Just like the Emirates ID card for nationals, application fees for expats ID card also depends on the duration of validity. Furthermore, they also have to bear additional service fees. These charges also vary in terms of the mode of application.
Here is a set of instructions to follow when applying for an Emirates ID for expats through a typing centre:
The process for GCC Nationals to apply for an Emirates ID is similar to that of UAE nationals. However, they also need to submit their proof of residency in this city. It can be an employment certificate, valid trade licence or a certificate testifying that they study in the UAE. The validity of Emirates ID for GCC Nationals is 5 years.
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