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26 February 2024

Companies in UAE cannot retain Emirates ID cards of employees

By Staff

Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) has clarified that companies cannot withhold ID Cards of their employees.

According to a report in ‘Al Khaleej’, companies are not authorised to retain ID Cards of their staff. However, they can record information of the individuals from their cards.
Eida further clarified that firms can hold ID Cards of staff members only if the court has ruled so.
Similarly, the act of handing over one’s ID Card to another is illegal, stressed Eida, except in cases when the courts order for a handover.
Meanwhile, the Authority has urged all UAE residents to carry their ID Cards with them at all times. As per law, residents are required to submit ID Cards whenever asked, the report added.
The ID Card contains a unified code number and readable data stored on an electronic chip, which is in accordance with the Regulations of the Legislative Decree of the establishment of Eida No(2) of 2004.
The card also contains private details of the holder, which act as security features.