In the UAE, possession of an Emirates ID card is mandatory for all residents, serving as proof of identity and residency details for various official purposes. Failing to renew or update Emirates ID card within 30 days of expiration incurs late fee starting at Dh20 per day, escalating to a maximum of Dh1,000.
The good news is that Emiratis and residents can seek exemptions from these penalties under specific circumstances.
The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security has established eligibility criteria for exemption requests:
- Individuals who spent more than three months outside the country, and their ID card expired during their absence.
- Those whose ID card expired after deportation or passport seizure, as proven by relevant authorities’ documents.
- Individuals without a prior identity card before acquiring nationality or a family book.
- Bedridden individuals or those with contagious diseases or disabilities, supported by a medical certificate.
- Staff of diplomatic missions, consulates, and their dependents.
- Elderly individuals (70 years and older) unable to visit service centers, verified by official documents.
- Emiratis under the social security system, along with their sponsored individuals, need to prove financial status for exemption.
- Fines can be waived in case of delay due to a computer error.
How to Apply For Late Fee Exemption for Emirates ID?
Applying for the Emirates ID late penalty exemption is free.
To start the process, individuals must submit a renewal request through approved printing offices, the authority’s website, or the smart application. The system will display associated fees, including late fees. If eligible for exemption, the request, along with required documents, can be submitted through the smart services system.
Applicants can track their application’s progress, receiving SMS updates on the approval or rejection. If rejected, the fine must be paid within the stipulated time. Once resolved, the ID card application process can be completed.