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Updated January 2024

Whether you’re an Emirati national or an expat resident, an Emirates ID is a vital part of your day-to-day life in the UAE. With it, you may access government services and pass immigration at a number of airports in the UAE, along with a number of other things.  

Here’s all you need to know about Emirates ID, how to apply for one, how to get a replacement ID in case it is lost, stolen or damaged, and how it can help you on your travels as a resident of the UAE. 

Emirates ID latest news

The world-famous Dubai Miracle Garden has opened its doors to the public, featuring floral styles from different parts of the world. With your Emirates ID, you can visit this stunning place, which holds three world records, at a discounted price of DHS 65. This is a significant saving compared to the regular rates of DHS 95 for adults and DHS 80 for kids, saving you DHS 30 and DHS 15, respectively.

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP) is developing a fully functional Kiosk machine to streamline processes for Emirates ID renewal for both citizens and residents. This advanced system will facilitate hassle-free biometric scans, enable the submission of biometrics for a SIM card, and allow the printing of passports and visas. Once implemented, these Kiosks will be strategically placed in prime locations across the country, such as airports and malls.

Emirates ID introduction

Since the UAE no longer requires visa stamping on passports, residents are encouraged to carry their latest version of Emirates IDs to prevent airport delays. The Emirates ID now functions as proof of residency since the latest version of the card contains all the relevant details allowing immigration counters at various airports to read the data stored on the ID.

The Emirates ID is an identity card of the UAE’s citizens and residents issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) and is a legal requirement for all UAE citizens and residents, including newborn babies. It protects the individual’s identity and facilitates identification and verification as per international standards.

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UAE citizens and residents are obliged to apply for Emirates ID and carry it with them at all times.

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In general, the Emirates ID can be used for the following purposes:

  • mandatory ID card for all citizens and legal residents
  • identification and verification as per international standards
  • protect individuals’ identity
  • can be used to access secure eServices
  • provides identity information
  • prevents fraud and identity theft
  • portable personal database

Additionally, having an Emirates ID will allow you to fulfil various administrative requirements associated with utility services, bank account opening, insurance applications, and many others.

Aside from these, there are other functions of Emirates ID:

Residency proof

The Emirates ID has now replaced the residency visa stickers on passports, per the new circular issued by the ICA. The merging of residence and identity card applications in the UAE will help simplify residency services.

The Emirates ID will include details previously stored in the residence sticker and will have a service life of more than 10 years. Upon passing a medical test, residents’ visa status will be available in the Emirates ID. However, the Emirates ID may not be required to amend or cancel the visa data of the account of GCC nationals.

Airlines will now verify residency status through residents’ Emirates ID and passport numbers. Smart gates at any airport in the UAE will be accepting biometric passports. If a traveller is registered for the smart gates, they can pass through by simple face recognition.

Allows residents to travel to GCC countries 

After being suspended for two years, residents can once again travel within the GCC using their Emirates ID. The reinstatement of the Emirates ID as a valid document for travel means that UAE residents will no longer need a passport to travel to neighbouring Gulf states. 

Conversely, the UAE now also allows travellers from Gulf countries to enter its borders using only their national ID cards. 

COVID identification

The Dubai Health Authority has just announced its partnership with Emirates Airlines to remove the need for UAE residents to present a physical negative test certificate or vaccine card in lieu of the Emirates ID at Dubai airport. 

Residents will simply need to insert their Emirates ID into a card reader at the check-in desks, and their COVID credentials extending to the latest COVID test results as well as inoculation status will instantly be verified. This latest feature is expected to significantly shorten the time needed to confirm all the necessary travel requirements of UAE residents.

Emirates ID application process

Step 1: Emirates ID registration

Please visit the ICP portal or open the UAEICP Smart App and use your email address to register for the UAE Pass account. You will also need to indicate your UAE phone number.

Step 2: Emirates ID photo size and requirements

As per the latest requirements by the ICP, the provided photo must meet the following:

  • image: high quality, recent, coloured, not older than 6 months (mm 40 – 35)
  • background: White
  • features: natural facial expressions (natural, not exaggerated)
  • head position: straight, not tilted, parallel to the photographic lens
  • eyes: open towards the camera and without the use of coloured lenses
  • glasses: acceptable as long as they do not obscure the eyes and do not reflect light
  • dress code: similar according to national dress or religious belief
  • resolution (pixels): at least 600 dpi without ink traces or shrinkage

Step 3: Emirates ID application

Choose the Residence Permit & Emirates ID Issuance Service. After filling out the application form, submit the application and update the retrieved data.

Step 4: Make the payment

The newly revised fee for an Emirates ID is AED 370. This excludes an extra fee of AED 150 if you choose a 24-hour issuance process.

You may choose your preferred method of payment as prompted by the system.

Step 5: Receive Your Card

You will receive your Emirates ID through the certified delivery company. It has been approved as an alternative to proof of the residence visa on the stamped passport.

Emirates ID and visa stamping application

To obtain both the Emirates ID and visa stamp through the new unified process, you would need to visit the official ICP website or the UAEICP Smart App that you can download from the App Store or Play Store.

  • log in via the UAE Pass
  • choose the ‘residence permit and Emirates ID issuance’ service from the list of services on your dashboard
  • enter the details in the application form. ICP advised residents to ensure that the data they enter into the application is correct to avoid any delays in processing the application. This includes details like the Emirates ID number, expiry date, mobile number, and email address
  • click ‘Submit’
  • review the details and confirm. You will then be asked to pay the fees. The cost of the process will vary depending on the duration of the residence visa which you are applying for
  • once you have made the payment, you will then receive your Emirates ID through certified delivery companies

Required documents

For UAE nationals:

  • a recent photo meeting the requirements (see step 2)

For UAE expats:

  • passport
  • the original and valid residency permit, a residency under renewal, or a valid residency for a person who had not renewed the ID card when the residency was issued.
  • a recent photo meeting the requirements (see step 2)
  • the original birth certificate for those under 15 years old
  • passport or UAE ID card of either parent (for those under 15 years old)
  • the original diplomatic/consular card/membership card of international organizations for heads and members of diplomatic and consular missions and international organizations existing in the country
  • a valid medical report from the Ministry of Health or UAE health authority
  • the original POA for the person acting on behalf of the applicant, if the competent person is absent and the application is submitted by a third party

For GCC nationals:

  • passport
  • GCC ID card or parent’s GCC ID card, for those who are under 21 years old
  • a recent photo meeting the requirements (see step 2)
  • the original birth certificate for those under 15 years old
  • passport of either parent (for those under 15 years old)
  • the original POA for the person acting on behalf of the applicant, if the competent person is absent and the application is submitted by a third party
  • show one of the documents below to prove residency within the country
    • original document proving kinship with a citizen up to the third degree, such as a family book
    • birth certificate 
    • marriage contract
    • the original valid trade license
    • the original owner of a residential or commercial property
    • the original certificate of continuity of study from one of the schools, colleges, or universities accredited in the country
    • the original work certificate issued by one of the government institutions in the country for workers in the government sector
    • a work contract certified by the Ministry of Emiratisation and Human Resources for workers in the private sector
    • proof of the customer’s residence for the children by one of the documents described above belonging to him, one of the parents

Emirates ID prices and fees

The cost of obtaining an Emirates ID depends on your nationality, here’s the comprehensive list of fees regarding Emirates ID.

For UAE nationals

  • card issuance fee for 5 years: AED 100
  • card issuance fee for 10 years: AED 200
  • service fee: AED 50
  • typing centre fee: AED 30
  • urgent service (customer happiness centres): AED 150

For GCC nationals

  • card issuance fee for 5 years: AED 100
  • service fee: AED 150
  • typing centre fee: AED 30
  • urgent service (customer happiness centres): AED 150

For residents/expats

  • card issuance fee for 5 years (depending on the period of years): AED 100
  • service fee: AED 150
  • typing centre fee: AED 30
  • urgent service (customer happiness centers): AED 150

Emirates ID status check

If you’re looking to check your Emirates ID status or track the progress of your Emirates ID application, you can do so at the ICP portal.

By inputting your PRAN number, you can learn about your Emirates ID application status and progress. If you’re looking to check your Emirates ID renewal or replacement application, simply input your ID number.

Emirates ID fine check

For the late renewal of Emirates ID, an  AED 20 per day fine will be applied with a maximum of AED 1,000 (one thousand). You can check all fines on your Emirates ID from the Abu Dhabi Police official website. Follow the given steps mentioned on the website to check the fine.

Emirates ID renewal

For UAE nationals, the validity period of the Emirates ID is for 5 or 10 years. For GCC nationals residing in the UAE, the validity period is for 5 years. For other expatriates, the validity period depends upon their residency visa validity. 

UAE residents, including UAE nationals, GCC nationals and other residents of the UAE, will need to mandatorily renew their Emirates ID card by following the required steps.

  • register and create an account 
  • choose the ID Card Renewal Service
  • submit the application and pay the fees
  • you will receive a text message confirming the successful submission of the renewal application
  • receive your card from an approved delivery company 

The time limit to renew an expired ID card is 30 days from the date of expiry. If you exceed the allotted period without completing your Emirates ID renewal, a fine will be applied to you. To avoid this from happening, you can also choose a faster process of Emirates ID renewal by paying an extra AED 150. You will receive your new cards within 24 hours if you use this service.

For more details, please refer to our article below.

Emirates ID 2024: Everything You Need to Know About the Identification Card in the UAE


Emirates ID renewal from abroad

Individuals can now renew their Emirates ID outside the country through the UAE ICP smart app. However, it is necessary for Emirates ID holders to personally renew their documents using the mobile app.

To avail of this service, individuals can perform the following steps:

  • open the UAE ICP smart app
  • select the service for renewing ID cards from abroad
  • submit their application
  • pay the fees

Furthermore, the authorities emphasized the importance for Emirates ID holders to strictly follow the guidelines during the renewal process, particularly in regard to the specifications for the photographs.

Managing your Emirates ID

Replacing lost or damaged Emirates ID

If you have yet to acquire your Emirates ID and are looking to acquire one fast, or if your Emirates ID has been stolen, lost or damaged, the ICP provides an urgent service to provide you with a replacement within 24 hours. The service is available against the regular fees plus an urgent service fee of AED 150.

To obtain this service, applicants must visit the ICP Customer Happiness Center with no prior appointment and provide the aforementioned documents.

The following ICP Customers Happiness Centres provide FAWRI services:

  • Al Jazeera and Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi
  • Al Barsha, Al Rashidiya and Karama in Dubai
  • Madinat Zayed in the Western Region
  • Al-Ain Centre
  • Sharjah Centre
  • Ajman Centre
  • Fujairah Centre
  • Ras Al Khaimah Centre
  • Umm Al Quwain Centre

Emirates ID detail change and update

The UAE digital government has clarified that residents and citizens will have to notify the ICP of any changes or updates regarding the data contained in their Emirates ID cards within a period of 30 days from the date of the change. This applies to Emirates ID cards issued to nationals and expatriate residents.

According to authorities, UAE residents and citizens can apply to change or update any details for an existing and valid Emirates ID card through the ICP website or its UAEICP application (iOS, Android).

As stated by the ICP, the Emirates ID data must be updated in case of marriage or regarding any changes in the wife’s last name (adopting a maiden name) for some nationalities. However, if there is no change, the ID card and the population registry data must be updated.

Emirates ID number change

To change the mobile number associated with your Emirates ID, please follow the following steps:

  • visit the ICP portal or use the UAEICP Smart App
  • select ‘start service’
  • fill in the application data, where applicable
  • pay the service fee (if any)

Emirates ID cancellation

According to authorities, UAE residents who intend to cancel their UAE residence visa for the purpose of leaving the country or for the purpose of changing jobs are required to hand over their Emirates ID cards to the respective General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

The respective General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs will hand over the returned ID card to Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, which had initially issued the Emirates ID card.

Emirates ID centre and typing offices

Before you visit the EIDA centres below, please confirm beforehand if they have a biometrics facility there since some centres may not have said facility. For the typing centres, it will take 5 days to complete the service after its requirements are completed. The followings are the EIDA centres and biometric facilities in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi

Branch Phone Open Hours
Al Ain 03 701 5000 7am to 8pm
Al Ghayathi 02 495 7704 7am to 2.30pm
Al Jazira Club 02 495 5821 7am to 2.30pm
Al Mafraq 02 419 7729 7am to 2.30pm
Al Marfa 02 495 7721 7am to 2.30pm
Al Quaa 03 701 5090 7.30am to 7.30pm
Al Sila 02 495 7732 7am to 2.30pm
Al Wahda Mall 02 495 5700 7am to 8pm
Central Post Office 02 495 7718 7am to 2.30pm
Dalma Island 02 495 7757 7am to 2.30pm
Khalifa City 02 244 5555 7am to 2.30pm
Khalifa Medical City 02 495 5895 7am to 2.30pm
Madinat Zayed 2 02 419 7769 7am to 2.30pm
Mussafah 02 495 5864 7am to 2.30pm
Sweihan 03 701 5085 7am to 2.30pm




Branch Phone Open Hours
Al Baraha 04 383 2189 7.30am to 2.30pm
Al Barsha 04 383 2222 7.30am to 2pm
Al Jafiliya 04 383 2399 7.30am to 2pm
Al Karama Centre 04 383 2333 7am to 8pm
Al Lusaily N/A 8am to 2pm
Al Quoz 04 383 2282 8am to 4pm
Al Rashidiya 04 284 5252 7am to 8pm
Hatta N/A 7.30am to 2.30pm
JAFZA 04 383 2225 8am to 3pm
Knowledge Village 04 383 2225 7.30 to 2pm
Muhaisnah Center 04 383 2172 8am to 8pm




Branch Phone Open Hours
Ajman centre 06 748 4777 7am to 2.30pm
Medical Centre 06 748 4777 7am to 2.30pm


Ras al Khaimah


Branch Phone Open Hours
Al Rams 07 266 2338 7.30am to 2.30pm
RAK Centre 07 202 6000 7am to 8pm




Branch Phone Open Hours
Dibba Al Hosn Centre 06 507 3795 7.30am to 1pm
Dibba Centre 09 201 7080 8am to 2pm
Fujairah Centre 09 201 7000 7am to 8pm
Fujairah Centre 2 09 201 7090 7.30am to 2pm




Branch Phone Open Hours
Al Dhaid North 06 507 3784 7.30 am to 2pm
Al Dhaid South 06 882 2230 7.30 am to 2.30pm
Al Rams 07 266 2338 7.30am to 2.30pm
Al Ghubaiba 06 575 9195 8am to 8pm
Al Hamriyah 06 507 3790 8am to 3pm
Al Madam Centre 06 507 3790 7am to 2pm
Industrial Area 06 507 3797 7.30am to 2pm
Kalba 06 507 3781 7.30am to 2pm
Khor Fakkan 06 507 3761 7.30am to 2pm
Municipality Clinic 06 507 3758 8am to 8pm
Sharjah Airport 06 507 3758 8am to 8pm
Municipality Clinic 06 507 3786 7.30am to 2.30pm
Sharjah Centre 06 507 3777 7am to 8pm


Emirates ID contact number  

For further assistance or inquiries, you can contact the ICP call centre at 600522222. The contact centre is available 24/7. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or communicate through other channels detailed here.


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