Emirates ID Card

UAE residents can register for identity cards at post offices

Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) and Emirates Post have joined hands to provide registration facilities for the identity cards through post offices across the UAE.

The move follows the appointment of Emirates Marketing and Promotions (EMP), a subsidiary of Emirates Post Holding, by EIDA as the exclusive agent for managing the registration for Population Register and ID cards.

Members of the public can buy special envelops, priced Dh40, from post offices, fill up the registration form and submit the envelope to the post office counter.

As part of its responsibility, EMP will scrutinise the forms. If there is an error in the data, customer will be informed by SMS or by the call centre.

Emirates Post will then send the completed forms to the applicant through his P.O. Box, mentioning the date on which he can go to the EIDA centre to submit the form and acquire the identity card.

Ebrahim Bin Karam, CEO of Emirates Post, said: “Emirates Post is delighted to be involved in this important community project. This arrangement will save effort and speed up the registration process. The post offices are fully geared to meet the demand of applicants, as the identity card is being made compulsory for all residents. Our staff has been specially trained to handle queries from our customers.”

“We are pleased to enter into a partnership with Emirates Post and EMP because of the large postal network and the expertise in mailing and call centre operations,” said Darwish Al Zarouni, CEO of Emirates Identity Authority.

“This will reduce the margin of error and avoid unnecessary trips to the EIDA centers. We expect this process will simplify and expedite the procedure.”

As an incentive, Emirates Post has announced a three-month promotion for those registering at post offices, offering members of the public three laptops and other attractive prizes in monthly draws to be held between October and December 2008.

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