With just two more days left for the extended Emirates ID registration deadline for Dubai, some residents are still hopeful that an extension will be announced.
“There was so much panic the last time round but I was confident that it (the deadline) would be extended,” claimed an Indian expatriate, who didn’t wish to be named.
The Emirates ID officials, however, have confirmed to local newspapers that there won’t be any extension this time round.
After the deadline ends, every resident who hasn’t registered for an ID will be fined Dh20 per day, totaling to a maximum penalty of Dh1,000.
The Emirates Identity Authority had earlier set May 31 as the deadline, and later extended it by a month to June 30.
According to Emirates ID officials, as long as residents register and file for renewal of their National IDs, they are OK.
“Filling in the ID card application at any typing centre in the emirate of Dubai before 01/06/2012 will avoid the customers the fines,” confirmed Ayesha Al Rayesi, Project Manager, Planning & Quality, Acting PR and Marketing manager.
But unlike the previous deadline, there’s no rush reported at the typing centres this time.
“Either the residents have utilised the extension and finished the registration or they have hoping for another extension,” reasoned a resident.
All typing centres that Emirates 24|7 called confirmed that there was no rush, and a new applicant will get the work done in less than an hour.
“There is no rush today. You can walk in any time to get your registration work completed,” confirmed an official at the Mazaya Centre Typing Centre. “We are open on Saturday and work regular hours.”
All children, aged below 15 years, must also apply before October 1, 2012, after which they will have to pay penalty.
“Yes, it is mandatory for all under-15s, nationals and residents, to register before the deadline, failing which they will be charged a penalty of Dh20 per day, up to a maximum of Dh1,000,” 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.”
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 fees for the nationals are Dh100 for 5 years, plus Dh70 for typing fee and other charges, and for expats, it is Dh100 for every year, plus Dh70 for typing and other charges.