As of Sunday, under-15 children whose names are entered on their parentsí passports are not required to produce a separate passport when applying for registration in the Emirates ID, the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) announced.
The decision to allow expatriate children, who are not holding separate passports, to register in the ID was in response to request from customers through the Eida website and social networks, the authority said.
The rate of children who were unable to get their names registered in the ID because they have no separate passports is very small compared to the total children registered in the population Registry, the authority said, adding that, majority of this segment were from the countries which do not issue separate passports to their citizens before turning 15 years of age.
The Eida called on parents of children whose residence visa will expire after December 31, to speed up registering the children in the Emirates ID prior to October 1 this year, through authorised typing centres. The authority said it had given instructions to the typing centres to allow registration of children whose names are entered on their parents’ passports from Sunday. “Children below 15 years of age are not required to be physically present at the typing centres or the ID registration centres. Emirati children need original passport, UAE family book( citizenship), ID of one of the parents (father or mother) and a photograph for registration while expatriate children should present valid original passport (the child’s separate passport or the passport of the parent in which his/her name is added), the ID of the father or the mother as well as a photograph in white background.
“In case of submitting an application for the ID to a child who had already been registered in the Population Registry, the ID Number Certificate must be produced in addition to other required documents,” the authority said, elaborating that the certificate may be procured from Eida registration centres without prior appointment. In the event of applying for the renewal of under-15 child’s expired ID, the old Id must be produced, while the child who completes 15 years should approach ID registration centre to have his/her fingerprints lifted.
The total number of transactions regarding the issue of ID for children below 15 rose by 194 per cent in the first eight months of this year, compared to the same period last year.