UAE: Emirates ID and Residency Fines, Know Your Obligations and Exemption Options

ICP has released a comprehensive list of fines associated with Emirates ID and residency services. Learn about the fines, including delays in registration and renewal, provision of incorrect data, misuse of the system, and more. Additionally, find out the eligibility criteria and process for applying for exemptions. Stay informed to avoid penalties and ensure compliance.

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) has released an extensive list of administrative fines on its official website. These fines cover various offences related to the Emirates ID, as well as services connected to residency and foreigners’ affairs.

This article will provide a comprehensive overview of the fines along with the conditions under which individuals can request an exemption.

Fines Related to Emirates ID and Residency Services

1. Delay in Registration and Issuance of an ID Card

Individuals who fail to register or obtain an ID card within the specified timeframe will be subject to a fine of Dh20 for each day of delay. The maximum fine for this offence is Dh1,000.

2. Delay in Renewing the Identity Card

If individuals do not renew their identity card within 30 days after its expiration date, they will be charged a daily fine of Dh20. The maximum fine for this offence is Dh1,000.

3. Provision of Incorrect Data

A fine of Dh3,000 will be imposed on service recipients who provide incorrect or misleading information during the application process.

4. Inaccuracy in Typing the Application

If system users make typographical errors while completing their applications, they will face a fine of Dh100.

5. Obstruction of Employees’ Work or Non-Cooperation

Individuals who obstruct the work of employees or fail to cooperate with them will be subject to a fine of Dh5,000.

6. Issuance of Visas or Entry Permits for Non-Active Establishments

Any establishment that issues visas or entry permits without engaging in any legitimate activities will incur a hefty fine of Dh20,000.

7. Misuse of the System

Those found misusing the Emirates ID system will face a fine of Dh5,000.

Exemption from Emirates ID Fines

The ICP offers a provision for Emirates ID holders to request the waiver of fines if they were unable to renew or obtain their ID cards within the prescribed timeframe. However, certain conditions must be met to be eligible for an exemption. The following are the conditions specified by the ICP:

Residence Abroad for More Than Three Months: Individuals who have resided outside the UAE for more than three months, whose residency expired while abroad, or whose ID card validity expired after departure from the UAE must provide a travel document as proof.

ID Card Validity Expired Abroad Due to Decree or Detained Passport: Individuals whose ID card validity expired while abroad as a result of an executive or judicial decree, or those whose passports have been detained due to a case or for renewal purposes, need to submit an official letter from the relevant authorities.


Medical Conditions: Individuals who are bedridden, suffering from a contagious disease, or experiencing partial or full disability must provide a medical certificate issued by authorized medical authorities.

Diplomatic and Consular Mission Staff: Staff members of diplomatic or consular missions in the country and individuals under their care are eligible for exemption.

Elderly Individuals Above the Age of 70: Elderly individuals above the age of 70 who are unable to visit customer service centres must present a passport or birth certificate as proof of their age.

Delays due to Errors, System Failures, or Staff Members: Delays in the registration or issuance of an ID card caused by documentation errors, failures of the Emirates ID systems, or the actions of staff members or typing offices assigned by the Emirates ID are also eligible for exemption.



In conclusion, understanding and abiding by the fines and regulations surrounding Emirates ID and residency services is crucial for individuals seeking to maintain compliance and avoid penalties.

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICP) has outlined a comprehensive list of fines, addressing various offences from registration delays to misuse of the system. However, there is also a glimmer of hope through the provision of exemptions.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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