UAE News Update: An electronic version of your UAE ID will now be available for use on the ICA Smart app. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has rolled out an electronic version of the Emirates ID. This version will be made available via the ICA’s smart app which is downloadable in both iOS and Android platforms.
The Identity and Citizenship Authority advised applicants to use this e-version of their Emirates ID for all their government transactions until their physical cards are printed out. The e-ID features a unique QR code which makes it easier for government agencies to identify an individual. The QR scanning technology will enable the immediate reading of the card and automatically generate the individual’s identity. The e-ID contains all data shown on the physical card through the information on the database. This e-version has the same validity as the physical card.
This move of the ICA has been coordinated with all concerned authorities and is said to be part of the transition of the nation towards a new generation of identity cards and passports. All concerned service departments, business providers will honor this e-Emirates ID.
The new design for the Emirati IDs and passports was first announced in November 2020 as the Cabinet met and was chaired by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashin Al Maktoum, the Vice President and the Prime Minister o UAE and the Ruler of Dubai. It was announced in this meeting that the current passports and IDs will be replaced with the new-generation designs which boast tighter security measures. The new IDs are designed to have additional visual and electronic security measures to fight identity fraud and strengthen the national and international credibility of the ID as a travel document.
As a citizen or a resident, you are required to have an Emirates ID. The e-Emirates ID can be used in government-related services, get phone connections, utility service applications, pass immigration through the e-Gates and smart gates at the airports. It is also used to vote in the Federal National Council elections and can be used as a travel document for travels within the GCC.
Residents are encouraged to use this new e-ID in all services of the different sectors and take full benefit of the card as it is easier to use especially for online transactions.