x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Eida: Children need a passport for UAE ID card to avoid fines

Children must have their own passport to get an Emirates ID, the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) reminded residents.

ABU DHABI // Children must have their own passport to get an Emirates ID, the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) reminded residents yesterday.

The deadline to have the card is at the end of the month.

Some countries allow parents to include the names of their children on their passports instead of having separate documents, including Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. India, the Philippines and Nepal require children to have their own passport.

Eida has updated its website to make the requirements clearer.

Typing centres said it was not unusual to receive combination applications, but an awareness campaign had reduced this. Eida said a child's passport must also have a stamped residence visa.

The deadline for children under 15 is September 30, with late fees being charged from October 1. Fines are Dh20 a day, up to a maximum Dh1,000. Eida said 1 million people are still not registered.

Children are not required to be present at typing centres with parents applying for the ID.

To renew a child's card, the old ID should be presented. Children over 15 must undergo fingerprinting and photographs at a registration centre.

Eida said if the residency visa of a child expires before the end of the year, the child is excluded from the September 30 deadline.

anwar@thenational.ae