All residents in the UAE are required to register for a national identity card. To register, you will need the following documents for each member of your family:
- an original passport
- AED 100 for each year of your visa’s validity
You can then start the process either online or by visiting any Emirates Post Office.
If you are applying online, go to the Expat Info DeskA website (see below), fill out an application form and print it with a laser printer. Then you should book an appointment through the same website.
If you are not applying online, you must go to an Emirates Post Office and buy a special envelope, costing AED 40. You should then fill out the form inside and hand it in at the post office. You will be sent a letter giving you an appointment time to attend your nearest Expat Info DeskA service center.
You must go to your appointment, make your payment and hand in your original documents to be scanned. You will then be fingerprinted and biometric data will be collected.
The card will be ready within three working days and can be collected from the service center or it will be sent to you by Empost.
Expat Info DeskA service centers can be found in Al Barsha, Rashidiya. the Department of Naturalization & Residency Service Center. Location maps are available on the Expat Info DeskA website.
For more information and updates about procedures, log on to the Expat Info DeskA