Saturday, January 21, 2012

EIDA launches online registration

Persons applying for a renewal or a new national identity card need no longer to wait in big queues at registration centres as they can now benefit from an online registration service launched on Thursday.

With a click on a few buttons on their personal computer, applicants who have credit cards can now register while at home or office without the need to go through agonizing waiting at packed typing centres.

The Emirates National Identity Authority (EIDA), which is overseeing a nation-wide ID project, said the new services involves new registration, renewal of existing cards, and replacement of lost or damaged cards.

“Applicants can also check the status of their application online…payment can be done by credit card after the applicants register with EIDA website so they can be given a password,” EIDA said in a statement.

EIDA director general Ali Al Khoury said the new service, which is now confined to expatriates, would save time and effort for both the public and registration offices through the UAE.

“It also reduces the Dh70 fee paid by applications to registration offices by 40 per cent…once the applicants finish registration online, they will be given an appointment to go for stamping.”

He said the scores of ID typing and registration centres would continue to operate and serve those who do not wish to register online.

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