Expats in Dubai get time till mid-2012

DUBAI — Expatriates in Dubai will be required to present their Emirates Identity Cards for all licence and traffic-related transactions with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) starting next year, else face penalties.

By Farhana Chowdhury

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Published: Mon 21 Nov 2011, 11:44 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:38 AM

The move has already been implemented across RTA’s customer services for UAE nationals, most of whom have been reported to possess an ID card due to the government’s strict deadlines, but expats have been given time till mid-2012.

“The National ID card is federal project that is to be respected and supported by all governmental bodies. We (RTA) will enforce this for expats at some point of time, which will be publicly announced when a date has been set. It will probably be around mid-2012.

We will still be accepting transactions with or without the national ID cards for now but we recommend everyone to get their IDs to avoid fines and problems in the future. In about six months’ time, every transaction will see it mandatory for residents to provide the cards for identification,” said Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of Licensing Agency at the RTA.

“Given the number of vehicles in Dubai, our (RTA’s) role in implementing this move is significant and essential. Not just the RTA, the Government of Dubai has notified all governmental authorities in the city to implement the use of ID cards for all transactions,” he said. Bahrozyan added that the decision to set the rule in place was held back due to potential rush by residents to apply for their ID cards.

“This was discussed several times in the past but postponed because of many worries including the big rush to get the ID cards in time. We had concluded it would take some time to register everyone. But now the situation is different because the Emirates Identity Authority changed the model to become convenient and easily accessible by residents to apply for an ID card. Most residents in other emirates already own ID cards and Dubai is one of the last emirates to do so,” he said.

The human resources departments of all semi-government and government companies have already been told by the Government of Dubai to ensure their employees possess a national ID card, while private sector companies are actively being urged to do the same.

The Emirates Identity Authority has listed June 1, 2012 as deadline for Dubai residents to apply for a national ID card.


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