A UAE Guide: How To Get An E-Version of Your Emirates ID

The Emirates ID Card is an identification card that the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) issues to citizens and residents as proof of identity and residency status in the country, and it includes its holder’s biometric information such as his/her photo, fingerprint, and signature, as well as personal details such as name, date of birth, nationality, and residency status.

Purposes of the Emirates ID Card

Proof of identification: The card consists of a smart chip with the holder’s name, photograph, signature, Emirates ID biometrics, and other essential personal information.

Government services: The Emirates ID card allows you to access several government services such as healthcare, education, and employment services.

Travel: The Emirates ID card can be used to travel to other GCC countries without the need for a passport, for a specific category of travelers.

Driving: You need an Emirates ID to obtain a driving license in the UAE.

Access to buildings and facilities: You need an Emirates ID card to enter some places and facilities such as airports, government buildings, and others.

Banking and financial services: You need an Emirates ID card to open bank accounts and access other financial services in the UAE.

The Emirates ID card is mandatory for all UAE citizens and residents, and you’re required to hold your Emirates ID with you at all times. At the same time, there’s a digital version of the Emirates ID you can use in case the physical one is temporarily not available. Read our article to learn how to acquire an E-version of the Emirates ID card.

How to get an E-version of your Emirates ID card

As we mentioned before, your Emirates ID card is an essential document that is required to be held around everywhere. But it happens that the identification card is lost, damaged, and even stolen, which demands immediate action to report the incident to the ICP and apply for a new card.

 The card also has an expiry date and requires renewal within 30 days of its expiry, otherwise, you may face a fine of AED 20 per day, which can go up to a maximum of AED 1000.

While you wait for your new card to be issued, you can still use the electronic version which you can acquire in various ways:

  1. UAE Pass app:
    The UAE Pass is a digital identity solution that allows residents and citizens to access various government services online without the need to physically visit government offices. The app offers many government services under one platform, enabling users to perform tasks like accessing official documents, paying bills, applying for permits, and many more.
    You can download the UAE Pass app from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store and register with your Emirates ID number. The app will ask you to confirm your identity through facial recognition.
    Now you’ll go through the following steps:
    1. Select the category of Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security
    2. Click on Emirates ID Card
    3. Do the face scan.
    4. Download the digital Emirates ID
  2. ICP mobile app:
    To get an E-version of your Emirates ID card via the ICP mobile app all you have to do is the following:
    1. Sign in to the UAEICP app via your UAE Pass account.
    2. Select the Emirates ID option.
    3. Select your name and view your ID.
    4. Download your ID card on your device.
  3. QR Code:
    Another way to benefit from the E-version of your Emirates ID is by generating a QR or Quick Response code from the UAEICP app which can be used for transactions and processes that require the use of the Emirates ID card.
    To get the QR Code:
    1. On the ICP mobile app select the Emirates ID QR Code option.
    2. Select personal information or mobile number.
    3. After you have successfully submitted your details, you will receive a QR code.

How SPC Free Zone can help you?

When it comes to setting up a business in the UAE, there’s no reason to do it alone. SPC Free Zone offers a wide range of support services to suit your business needs, from the start of your journey and beyond. Whether you’re looking to get a UAE residency visa or need to apply for your Emirates ID card we can help.

Our VIP Medical and Emirates ID Assistance service facilitates the process of applying for a new Emirates ID card or renewing your expired one, as well as visa services. We provide a full range of VIP services from physical examination to the collection of test results and accompanying you to the Emirates ID center, where we complete all documentation as well as assist with the biometrics process. We will also collect your Emirates ID on your behalf.

Our support services also include spouse and children’s visa assistance, documentation, corporate bank assistance, and many more.

With SPC Free Zone, you can also choose from more than 1,500 business activities and take advantage of up to 20 visa quotas and competitive business setup packages. Our customers who want to set up a business in Sharjah free zones benefit from a whole string of benefits like zero paid-up share capital. With immigration services on-site, you can also get your license issued in less than 45 minutes, and your UAE residency visa in 5 working days. Are you planning for a business setup in Dubai, UAE, or anywhere in the UAE? contact our team of experts and get your business license in 45 minutes!

Sawsan Alsharanee

Sawsan is an Arabic copywriter and translator with over 12 years of experience in EnglishArabic translation and 6 years of experience in copywriting across various domains including business setup, technology, healthcare, and marketing. Sawsan has a rich portfolio of high-quality, culturally appropriate translations and articles, crafted to drive engagement and conversions, and help businesses connect with their Arabic-speaking clients.

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