UAE: no ID card penalties schedule ammended

We wrote in August about penalty schedule for AUE nationals who fail to apply for a new or renew an expired national ID card. The decision was followed with significant amount of criticism. Today Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID) annouced a new, more relaxed penalty schedule for late ID applicants. All minors under the age of 15 accross all the emirates are exempted from fines until October 1, 2012. Late application fee will be rolled out in 4 phases.
Phase l: includes all expatriates in the Northern Emirates (Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman), in addition to all employees in the federal and local public sector and semi-government organisations and their families –from December 1, 2011
Phase II: includes all expatriates in the Emirate of Sharjah – from February 1, 2012
Phase III: includes all expatriates in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi – from April 1, 2012
Phase IV: includes all expatriates in the Emirate of Dubai – from June 1, 2012.
Late fee still applies to applicants who would like to renew their visa after Dec 31, 2011 and do not posess national identification card.
In the news release EIDA officials also mentioned that application time has been reduced from 30 to 5 minutes on average and therefore lines and overcrowding are unlikely to occur.

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