In order to lure expats and Emiratis to register for Emirates ID Card, EIDA announced daily fines for those who have not yet came under the net. The deadline was Sept 4.
It is not clear whether any of the residents are fined yet. However, Arabian Business reports a new announcement from EIDA that seems to be a deadline extension.
According to the report, Emiratis have until October 31 to register for their Emirates ID card before they will incur fines of AED20 per day. Children under the age of 15 years old will be exempt from any penalties until October 1, 2012 while late fees will be introduced in four phases depending on the emirate of residence.
UAE residents will be charged AED20 per day for failing to register for a card, delaying the renewal of a card, or failure report changes in personal data. Penalties will not exceed AED1,000 and will be collected during the residency visa renewal process from January 2012.
The cost for a five-year card is AED100 for Emiratis, while expatriates pay AED100 for each year the card is valid.
Residents who already own an ID cards have until October 31, 2011 to apply for new cards expiring up to that date. All card holders, except children under the age of 15, have 30 days to renew their card from the expiry date.
According to EID, the waiting time at registration points has been cut from 30 to five minutes. Residents issued with a receipt following their registration will be exempt from any late penalties, providing they complete the registration by visiting the centre at the appointed time, the agency said.
Updates from Emirates 24|7:
The final deadline for UAE nationals to enrol their names in the Population Register and ID Card (PRIDC), prior to implementing the fine is October 31, 2011.
For expatriates above 15 years of age, the registration deadlines are a bit relaxed, and will be implemented in four phases:
December 1, 2011: 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.
February 1, 2012: All expatriates in Sharjah
April 1, 2012: All expatriates in Abu Dhabi
June 1, 2012: All expatriates in Dubai
However, expatriates without ID Card registration looking to renew their residence visa after December 31, 2011, will have to foot the late fee.