All children, aged below 15 years, must register for Emirates ID cards, ahead of the October 1 deadline, or incur penalty, confirmed the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida).
“Yes, it is mandatory for all under-15s to register before the deadline, failing which a penalty of Dh20 per day, up to a maximum of Dh1,000, will be charged,” clarified Diyaa Abdul Al, senior officer media and communications at Eida.
However, exception will be given to children whose parents have residence visa up to November or December this year. “They can apply for the Emirates ID, when they renew their visa,” elaborated Diyaa Abdul Al.
“This is done to ease the burden on the residents. They can go in at one-time and finish the entire process, instead of repeating it just two months later.”
The fees for the nationals are Dh100 for five years, plus Dh70 for typing fee and other charges, and for the expats, it is Dh100 for every year, plus Dh70 for typing and other charges.
The children need not be present while registering for the Emirates ID, and the process can be completed by the parent, after going to a typing centre with a coloured passport photograph of the child (with a white background) and the original passport .
The Abu Dhabi Education Council had earlier announced in the local media that presenting a valid ID card or receipt of the registration/renewal is a must for completing the registration of national and expatriate students for kindergarten to grade 12 for the academic year 2012-2013.
According to the Eida, the expired cards must be renewed within 30 days of its expiration.