UAE’s ICA unveils second version of the Emirates ID card

By Anju T K, Intern Reporter
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As part of the new generation of Emirati passports and national ID cards initiative, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has unveiled the second version of the Emirates ID card.

The new ID will have improved protection of invisible data, which may be read using the E-link System with ICA, as well as advanced technical and technological features. A larger chip capacity and the ability to read data without touching it.

A high-quality card with a longer life made of polycarbonate with a service life of more than 10 years, a consolidated 3D photo laser printing feature authenticated with the date of birth, and additional fields with codes defining professional data, issuing authority, and population group.

Major-General Mr. Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, Acting Director-General of the ICA, commented that the issuing of the next generation Emirates ID is part of the UAE government’s goal to develop population data utilizing innovative technology based on best practices and global standards. The authority will start printing the new card for customers after the first stage use of its electronic version.

Further Mr. Al Khaili remarked, that the recipients of the new cards, are individuals whose cards have expired, as well as those who have requested replacements for missing or damaged cards. He emphasized that it is best to keep a valid card until it expires so that the updated ID can be used when it is renewed.

Furthermore, he confirmed that the list of permitted fees for the application procedure and issue of ID cards has not changed.

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