The Importance and the Advantages of the Dubai National ID

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The Importance and the Advantages of the Dubai National ID Photo by Arvind  Sharma

Those visiting the country and expatriate residents of UAE need to carry the Dubai National ID card. Emirates ID card is an electronic identification card issued by the Emirates Identity Authority or the EIDA registration. It contains an electronic chip that stores vital information about the cardholder such as name, date of birth, nationality, marital status, photo, fingerprint data, electronic signature etc. The EIDA makes the Dubai national ID card mandatory to access government services as several government departments have made the requirement of Emirates ID card mandatory for availing their services. Some benefits include, where UAE nationals can use the Emirates ID card as a travel document to cross borders within the GCC countries.


The EIDA registration procedure to get the Dubai National ID card is very simple. You need to fill up the application form, which can be done online through the EIDA's website or by visiting one of the authorized typing centers. After the form is submitted, you will be called in to collect your biometric details. You will receive an SMS on the mobile number you provided informing you of the date, time and location of the Emirates ID registration centre you must visit for this purpose. On the day of visit to the registration centre, you will need to bring your original passport. Residents need to bring original passport and residence or entry visa. All applicants must carry the registration forms.   


Typing centers will charge a fee of AED 30 for filling up and submitting the form. EIDA would charge AED 100 towards issuance and renewal of ID card for UAE citizens and GCC nationals for five years and AED 100 for residents for each year of residence.

Benefits of the Dubai National ID card

Here are some of the advantages of having a Dubai National ID card

• Identification and verification of all individuals as per the international standards
• Is beneficial in protecting ones individuals identity
• It can be used to access secure eServices
• It provides essential identity information
• Stores many ID applications in the future
• Prevents fraud and identity theft
• Portable personal database.

A cardholder must renew his Emirates ID card on expiry and must apply for another one in case of lost or stolen cards. In case of renewal, some applicants may be exempt from submitting their biometric details again.

Author's Profile

Arvind Sharma is an employee of Cox and Kings Global Services. Along with wanting to ensure that travellers have extensive information on the process of EIDA registration and getting an Emirates ID, he also presents research on getting a Dubai national ID.

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