Emiratis have an additional six months to register for an Emirates identity card while expatriates can obtain a card when they renew their visa.
Emirates ID card deadline extended
ABU DHABI // Emiratis have an additional six months to register for their identity cards following an extension of the original December 31 deadline.
The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) said that Emiratis now have until June 30 to register for their ID cards.
Expatriates also do not have to rush for it to register; whenever they apply for or renew a residency visa, the registration for the ID card will take place simultaneously.
Residents can apply for their cards at any of the 25 registrations centres countrywide that are attached to or near to the preventative medicine centres that conduct medical check ups as part of the visa application process.
According to a statement by EIDA, this is part of their 2010-2013 strategy to link visa issuance and renewal with ID card registration across the UAE. This is currently the case in Umm al Quwain only.
EIDA said that more than 1.5 million people registered for their national ID cards in 2010.
The extended deadline and new registration plan aims to double this number in the first half of next year.