December 14, 2011

On December 12, 2011, the Emirates Identity Authority  (EIDA) held a government-sponsored workshop for more than 100 imams (Muslim religious leaders) from each Emirate to reinforce a new requirement that all Emirati nationals and foreign national residents obtain a biometric ID card according to the EIDA’s registration schedule for end of 2011 through mid-2012.

What’s Changed?

The UAE Government is requiring that new biometric residence cards will be issued to replace multiple national identification cards (e.g., driver’s license, work permits) and will require all Emirati nationals and foreign national residents above age 15 to obtain Emirati ID cards.

Where and When to Apply:

The EIDA has publishes the schedule of ID card registration on its website at the following:

Instructions to apply:

The schedule for foreign nationals residing in Emirates other than Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah should already be in possession of their ID cards by December 1, 2011.

Foreign nationals age 15 and over residing in Dubai must have their cards by June 1, 2012.  Residents of Abu Dhabi have until March 31, 2012. Residents of Sharjah have until January 31, 2012.

Emirati and foreign national minor children must be register and receive their cards prior to October 1, 2012.


Companies are urged to notify their assignees to review their local registration requirements and schedule. Foreign residents who have yet to arrange their cards are encouraged to apply for one at their earliest convenience, as various government offices will require a card for their services even prior to the June 2012 deadline.

For instance, driver’s licenses will no longer be issued after 2012 for foreign nationals.  The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has confirmed that starting from December 1, 2011 expatriates working in government and semi-government organizations must present their Emirates ID cards in order to manage transactions for traffic-related services such as processing or renewing a driving license, registering a vehicle, transferring its ownership, exporting cars and paying traffic related fines.

Pro-Link GLOBAL will be happy to assist clients in ensuring their compliance with the new Emirati ID Card scheme.

This news alert was provided in coordination with our UAE KGNM–Move One.

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