UAE Residents Can Apply for Exemption from Emirates ID Fines

UAE residents facing challenges in renewing their Emirates ID can now seek exemption from late fines. Find out the eligibility requirements and explore the detailed application process provided by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security.

Recently, we published an article addressing the various fines associated with Emirates ID and residency services in the UAE. In that piece, we provided an overview of how individuals can seek exemption from these fines.

However, in response to our readers’ inquiries, we recognized the need for more comprehensive information on the exemption process. Therefore, we have delved deeper into the topic to bring you this comprehensive article, which covers all the essential details regarding exemption from fines for Emirates ID renewal.

Whether you have encountered delays in renewing your Emirates ID or have questions about the exemption process, this article will serve as your ultimate guide.


UAE residents who have encountered difficulties in renewing their Emirates ID can now apply for an exemption from late fines. The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security (ICP) recently reminded individuals through their official social media channels about the exemption process and the specific criteria that must be met.


This article outlines the eligibility requirements and provides a detailed explanation of the application process.

Exemption From Emirates ID Fines

Exemption Criteria for Late Fines

To qualify for an exemption from late fines for Emirates ID renewal, applicants must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  1. ID card number
  2. Contact information (an active mobile number and email address)
  3. A valid original passport
  4. A valid original entry permit
  5. Valid original residence visa
  6. Evidence supporting the customer request, which implies a genuine reason for failing to renew the Emirates ID. However, it is essential to provide supporting evidence for this claim.

Eligibility Requirements for Exemption

According to the ICP, individuals can apply for exemption from late fines if they failed to obtain or renew their Emirates ID card or the ID cards of those under their sponsorship within the designated timeframe. However, evidence must be provided for the following circumstances:

  1. Living outside the UAE for more than three months, or having a residency that expired while abroad or an ID card validity that expired after departing from the UAE – applicants must provide a travel document to substantiate this claim.
  2. ID card validity expiring abroad due to an executive or judicial decree or having a passport detained in a case or for renewal purposes – an official letter from relevant authorities should be submitted.
  3. Being bedridden, suffering from a contagious disease, or having a partial or full disability – a medical certificate issued by medical authorities is required.
  4. The staff of diplomatic or consular missions in the country and individuals under their care.
  5. Elderly people above the age of 70 who are unable to visit customer service centres – proof of age, such as a passport or birth certificate, is necessary.
  6. Delays in registration or issuance of an ID card caused by documentation errors, Emirates ID system issues, or actions of Emirates ID staff members or assigned typing offices.

Application Process for Exemption

There are three official channels through which individuals can apply for an exemption from late fines:

  1. Customer Happiness Centers: Applicants can visit these centres to initiate the application process.
  2. Smart Services: The application can be submitted online through the ICP website ( or the ICP Smart application.
  3. Typing Centers: Applicants also have the option to apply for exemption through authorized typing centres.

Online Application Steps

To apply for an exemption online, follow these steps:

  1. Access the ICP website or the ICP Smart application and log in using your UAE Pass or create a new account.
  2. Navigate to the “Public Services” section.
  3. Within the “Emirates ID” services, select “Application for Exemption from Delay Fees.”
  4. Provide the necessary supporting documents to demonstrate eligibility for the fine exemption.

Application through Typing Centers

Applicants who prefer to apply for exemption through typing centres can visit the nearest authorized centre and follow the instructions provided by the staff. Ensure that all required documents are submitted during the application process.

By adhering to the specified criteria and following the outlined application process, UAE residents can apply for exemption from late fines for Emirates ID renewal.

This initiative by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security aims to alleviate the burden for individuals who have valid reasons for the delay in renewing their Emirates ID.


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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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