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Is your Emirates ID status up to date?

Jan 15, 2022 | UAE Company Setup

Your Emirates ID is your key to easier living in the UAE. So make sure yours is in order. Because everything from housing and travel to accessing Government services depends on it.

Keeping your Emirates ID Status in order

It’s more important than you think! Your Emirates ID is a document that ALL UAE residents must carry.

How do I organise my Emirates ID Status?

Your Emirates ID is issued after your residency visa is stamped in your passport. It is valid for the same period as your visa.

When do I use my Emirates ID?

Your Emirates ID is an important piece of identification. It is used for a variety of reasons, many of which are key in everyday life. These include:

  • Organising a place to live (renting an apartment or house,
  • When you apply for different government services like DEWA etc.
  • If you are sponsoring dependents on your visa
  • When travelling (entering the immigration e-gates at UAE airports)

How can I check the validity of my Emirates ID?

If you don’t know the expiry date listed on your Emirates ID/Visa, don’t worry – you’re not alone. However, it pays to check if you’re not sure. The last thing you want is to be stuck overseas with an invalid ID/Visa when you’re trying to get home.

The good news is that checking your Emirates ID status is easy and only take a few clicks. Simply visit the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) website: https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/default.html#/fileValidity.

Step 1 for checking your status

Emirates ID Application – made easy with VZ

If you have applied for or are renewing your Emirates ID, don’t sit around waiting for an update. You can track your Emirates ID status online. All you need is your Emirates ID number or the registration application number (this is on the application form). Simple!

3 quick and easy steps to check your Emirates ID status

  1. If you’re here in the UAE, simply head to the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) website: www.ica.gov.ae. Look for the section titled Check ID status menu option. (it’s there on the right side of the landing page)

Screenshot of the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship website

2. Type in your Application Number or Emirates ID number (without the hyphen).

Emirates ID Status

3) Your Application status will then appear in a popup box.

Emirates ID Status

There are two ways you check on your ID status.
1. By accessing the FAIC website and following the above steps.
2. By calling the authority on: 600 522222.

How do I apply for my Emirates ID?

You can apply for your Emirates ID during your UAE visa application. And Virtuzone can help make the process quicker and easier.

How much will my Emirates ID cost me?

The cost of your UAE residence visa will include your Emirates ID expenses. While the actual cost will vary based on the Emirate you select and the issuing authority, prices are normally between 2,500 AED and 7,000 AED. (if you would like more information, please see the COSTS section below) As you’ll see below, the process of gaining UAE residency is simple:

Application for an entry permit

1. Entry permits

Entry Permits are normally issued for company owners who have previously set up a business in the UAE and for employees of a UAE-based company. Your entry permit is an electronic document that is attached to your residence visa and valid for 60 days. During this period, you must perform a Medical check and apply for your Emirates ID. Upon completion of these steps, your resident visa will be stamped into your passport.

2. Medical check

A Medical check is a mandatory procedure after the entry permit is issued and can be done at any Preventive Medicine Center. The clinic will test for AIDS, Hep B and Tuberculosis. If you are given a clean bill of health, you can go ahead with your visa application. If you are suspected to have any of those diseases, extra tests will be carried out. If you return a positive result for any of these conditions, you will not be issued with a UAE resident visa.

3. Application for Emirates ID

You can apply for your Emirates ID at any office of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. For your convenience, many offices are located alongside Preventive Medicine Centres. During the application, you will undergo eye scans and fingerprint scans. This biometric data will be retained in the Authority’s system so you won’t need to repeat this step when it comes time for your Emirates ID renewal.

4. UAE visa stamping

The final step involved in gaining UAE residency is getting your UAE visa stamped into your passport. Most visas are valid for 3 years. However, you may be given a 2 year visa in selected free zones or Mainland, or if you are an employee of a company.

Emirates ID costs

The cost of your Emirates ID depends on how long it remains valid:

Emirates ID validity Cost
1 year validity 170 AED
2 years validity 270 AED
3 years validity 370 AED


When you apply for your Emirates ID, is it important you ensure its validity is the same as that of your visa.

Visa validity             3 years      Emirates ID validity               3 years

Emirates ID card

You should receive your ID card 7-10 days after your visa is stamped into your passport.
You will receive updates via SMS during the processing of your ID. When it is ready, you can collect it from one of the Emirates post branches listed.

How do I renew my Emirates ID?

Once your ID has expired, the government offers a 30-day grace period for renewal. You will be sent SMS reminders during this period. After the 30 days, late renewal fines of AED 20/day will apply.

If you wish to renew your Emirates ID, simply complete the ID Renewal Application form (link) and pay the appropriate fees (your biometric data does not need further updating). Once you have completed your form, submit it to the free zone where your visa was originally issued.

If your visa was issued under a mainland company, submit it to the Immigration Authority (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs). Upon renewal, your ID will be issued and sent to an Emirates Post branch.

How do I cancel my Emirates ID?

If your circumstances are changing, you can choose to cancel your ID. Your reason for cancelling might be-

  • You are changing job or setting up a business in Dubai and getting a new UAE residency visa
  • You are leaving UAE for good
  • Your personal circumstances have change

Whatever your reason, the process is easy. Just as your Emirates ID and Residency Visa are linked at the application stage, they are at the cancellation stage too. To do this, simply surrender your card to your employer or the Immigration Authority when you submit your passport for visa cancellation.

Why does my Emirates ID have such a long number?

The unique 15 digit number on your Emirates ID card contains critical information which applies only to you. This information is divided into 4 parts:

  • 1st section: this is identical on all cards and represents the UAE international code of 784
  • 2nd section: this usually matches your year of birth. However, this is not the case on all cards
  • 3rd section: this is a randomly generated number
  • 4th section: this single digit is a verification number from 0 to 9

Your Emirates ID number is personal and stays with you for life (even if you cease to be a UAE resident by cancelling your UAE residence Visa and return years later). It cannot be altered or amended.

What happens if I lose my Emirates ID card?

If you ever lose your Emirates ID card, you should immediately do the following:

  • Attend a police station and file a report. The cost of filing a report is 70 AED.
  • Contact the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship about your lost card within 7 days of losing it.
  • Visit any office of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and order a new card. The cost of this is 300 AED plus a 70 AED application fee (in person) or 300 AED plus a 40 AED application fee (online).
  • Pick up your new card at any Emirates Post Office.

An important thing to know about your Emirates ID.

We’ve made the process of obtaining your Emirates ID as simple and straight as possible. If you apply personally, it will be linked to your visa processing. If you have an Employment Visa, the application will be done by your employer.

Emirates ID – made even easier with Virtuzone

If you have a Freelance Visa or your own business, you can apply yourself. OR, you can hire a business setup consultancy company like Virtuzone to save you the hassle. With Virtuzone, there’s less running around, fewer meetings and way less paperwork.

And don’t forget – whatever your plans, you can always check on your Emirates ID status at www.ica.gov.ae

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