ID card must for all traffic transactions in Abu Dhabi

DUBAI — A two-month extension for national identity cards is now over. The Ministry of Interior has made it mandatory to process documents at the Traffic and Licensing Authority (TLA) in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region for both nationals and expatriates. However, ID cards will not be required for transactions in Dubai.

By Shafaat Ahmed And ?ahmed Al Majaida

Published: Thu 19 Aug 2010, 1:03 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:13 AM

People who recently visited the Department in Abu Dhabi said they were surprised by the decision. But sources of the licensing department said applicants could present identification cards, or ID registration forms to complete their applications at the Traffic and Licensing Authority.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Abdul Aziz Al Mamari, Director of Public Relations and Marketing EIDA, said centres were not expecting any rush to register applicants after the TLA decision.

“Warnings by the media caused the rush earlier. It was excessive and people rushed to register whether they needed it or not. Traffic transactions cannot be completed without ID cards,’’ he said.

The electronic system at the traffic department has been programmed not to accept transactions without the identity card.

The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), in May, had given more time to all residents to get the cards in view of the huge rush at centres across the emirate.

Meanwhile, a senior RTA official in Dubai said the identity card was not required for transactions. “To process any RTA transaction like registration of vehicles or renewal of driving licence or any other process, an identification document is required and it could be any document like passport, labour card, etc. There is no compulsion for customers to produce Emirates ID cards to avail our services,” clarified Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency.

He added that the policy would remain the same until further notice.

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