UAE reveals 3 steps for Emirates ID delay fines exemption

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security has outlined a three-step process for individuals seeking exemption from late fines associated with the Emirates ID card.

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Firstly, applicants need to submit a request for ID card issuance or renewal through smart channels. Subsequently, the fees, including any accrued late fines, are displayed to the customer.

If the applicant falls into specific exempted categories, the third step involves applying for the service, attaching the necessary documents, monitoring the application's progress, receiving the result, and finally completing the process with the issuance or renewal of the ID card.

The Authority has identified three exempt categories from late fines related to the Emirates ID card. These include individuals who left the country more than three months ago, with their ID card expiring after departure; individuals whose ID card expired following deportation by administrative, judicial, or ordered decision; and those whose passports have been seized pending legal matters, supported by documentation from the relevant authorities confirming deportation or detention.

Additionally, individuals who were not issued an identity card before acquiring citizenship or obtaining a family book are also exempt.

All UAE residents, comprising Emirati citizens, GCC country citizens, and expatriates, are obligated to obtain and renew an Emirates ID card through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security. Applications can be made through smart services on the authority's website or approved printing centres across the country.

The authority emphasises the importance of renewing the ID card within 30 days of its expiration to avoid late fines. Notifications are sent via text message to alert customers before the card's expiration.

It's noteworthy that the Emirates ID card is compulsory for all citizens and residents, including newborns. It serves as a means of identification and proof of identity for various transactions, both in person and through electronic networks, aligning with international standards.

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