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How to Apply for an Emirates ID (2024 Guide)

So, you’ve decided to set up your business in Dubai – excellent choice! Now that you’ve got your business license and visa sorted out, it’s time to dive into the next crucial step: obtaining your Emirates ID.

If you’re not sure what an Emirates ID is, don’t worry. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know, from the initial application process to renewals and even cancellation.

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How to Apply for an Emirates ID

Guide Highlights

  • What Is an Emirates ID?

  • Features of Emirates ID card
  • Why Do You Need an Emirates ID?

  • How to Apply for An Emirates ID

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Long Does the Process Take?

The Emirates ID application process typically takes seven to ten days from the visa stamping in your passport until the card is issued. During this time, you can track your application online and receive updates via text. While waiting, you can register and access your e-version. It’s important to remember that Emirates IDs are only issued in Dubai after your residency visa has been stamped in your passport.

How To Update Details on Emirates ID?

If any details on your Emirates ID card change, it’s essential to notify the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Ports Security (ICP) promptly. You must report any modifications within one month from the date of the change. This requirement applies to both UAE nationals and expatriate residents. You can apply to modify or update any details related to your existing and valid Emirates ID card.

How to Cancel Emirates ID?

Residents want to cancel their UAE residence visas, either for leaving the country permanently or changing jobs, must hand over their Emirates ID cards to the relevant General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs. The returned Emirates ID cards will then be forwarded to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), the issuing authority.

How To Renew Your Emirates ID?

You can renew your Emirates ID within 30 days from the date of expiry to avoid late fines. After the Emirates ID expires, you must apply for its renewal. The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) will send you an SMS notification requesting renewal.

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