What is Emirates ID?

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, issues an identity card which is a legal requirement for all UAE citizens and residents to apply and carry with them at all times. This ID card is called Emirates ID.

Emirates ID cards can be used for government services, elections, as a travel document within GCC or even as document to pass through immigration. Besides these there are several other benefits to having ID cards and some of them are as below:

  • It is mandatory for all citizen and legal residence.
  • Can be used for Identification and Verification as per International Standards.
  • Protects an individuals’ identity.
  • Can be used to access secure e-Services.
  • Provides Identity Information about the person.
  • Can store many ID applications in future.
  • It prevents fraud & Identity Theft.
  • It is a very portable personal database.

There are some amazing features to this ID card like:

  • Smart card.
  • Fingerprint biometric.
  • Public key infrastructure (Digital signature and authentication certificates).

Like any other documents, Emirates ID also can be acquired after you pay for it. The cost of the Emirates ID depends on the validity of the card.  The costs are as below:

  • 170 AED for 1 year validity
  • 270 AED for 2 years validity
  • 370 AED for 3 years validity

More Information about Emirates ID:

Once applied for the Emirates ID it may take from 7-10 days to arrive. More over if your Emirates ID expired, then the government provides you with a grace period of 30 days before charging you with any sort of fines.

The fine that you will be imposed after the 30 days grace period is AED 20/-. The authorities will send you SMS on time to remind you of the renewal.

If you are wondering what your Emirates ID status is then here is a link on how to check it on your mobile device.

Video for Emirates ID status check :

If you are interested in checking your Emirates ID status on your laptop or PC then here are the steps to checking your Emirates ID status:

Steps for Emirates ID status check :

One of the most important thing to note is that emirates id status check portal is ICA Portal

Step 1:

Search for “emirates id status check” in google and click on the first result showing “ID card Status | Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship” or refer to the link given above.

Emirates ID status

Step 2:

Enter your Emirates ID Number (IDN) or Emirates ID PRAN (Application Number)

Emirates ID Status

Step 3:

Once you enter this number, the ID card status will show ‘checking’ and your status will be shown right below the box where you entered your number.

Emirates ID status

These steps can be used for Emirates ID status checking online.You can also see your application history,what stage the ID card issue process is on, Application type and so much more.

Emirates ID status check can be done on the government website in another way as well.  Go to ICA, there on the site you can find quick searches, Identity, Residents etc. Enter your number in the box provided right next to it and you can get your Emirates ID status.

The UAE government has made it easy for us to check any sort of fines and status through these easy to understand and navigate official websites. Any further Information about the Emirates ID can also be searched on their sites. It’s to be noted that the process may have slight changes over time.