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Emirates ID Renewal Guide (2024) – Documents, Fees & More

Guide on Emirates ID renewal process

The Emirates ID renewal process is essential for all nationalities in the UAE. After 5 or 10 years, the Emirates ID issued by the UAE government will expire and must be renewed compulsorily.

To renew your Emirates ID online, you must submit documents such as passports, birth certificates, valid medical cards, and passport-size photos. You can fill out the application from the official ICP website and finally pay the required card issuance and additional fees to complete the process.

This process is quite simple, but if you want to avoid confusion, please keep reading our Dbd guide, as you will learn everything about renewing your Emirates ID online step by step.

What are the documents required for Emirates ID renewal?

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Before you can renew your ID, it is essential to know the documents required for the process, depending on your status in the UAE.

You have to submit the said documents accordingly to apply for Emirates ID renewal online to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security: [1]Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, “Renew ID Card, https://icp.gov.ae/en/service/renew-id-card/#:~:text=Service%20Requirements%20and%20Fees”

For UAE nationals

If you are a citizen of the UAE, you must submit these documents to renew your Emirates ID:

  • A photo with 4.5 x 3.5 cm dimensions with plain white background
  • Birth certificate and any one parent’s passport or Emirates ID (if you are under 15 years old)
  • Medical report that was given by the Ministry of Health or health authorities or People of Determination card
  • Agency certificate on customer’s behalf (in case of third-party application submission)

Related info: If you have not made an Emirates ID yet, here is our detailed guide on – how to apply new emirates ID.

For GCC nationals

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), also known as the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, is an intergovernmental, regional, economic and political union comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

If the citizens of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Oman have an Emirates ID, they must also renew it when the time comes. For this, they have to provide these documents for the Emirates ID renewal process:

  • A valid passport
  • The Gulf Identity Card (this is for people aged 21 and over and parents under 21)
  • A photo with 4.5 x 3.5 cm dimensions with plain white background
  • Birth certificate and one parent’s passport or Emirates ID (this is for applicants under 15 years old)
  • Agency certificate on customer’s behalf (this is for third-party application submission)

Since the people are living in UAE, they will have to prove that they are a resident of the state. So, they need to provide any one of the documents listed below to prove that you are a UAE resident:

  • A document that proves a relationship to a UAE citizen. It might be a marriage contract, family book, or birth certificate.
  • A valid trade license.
  • An ownership document of residential and commercial properties.
  • An original study certificate from schools, colleges, or universities in the UAE.
  • An original work certificate issued by a government institution for government sector workers.
  • A certified work contract for private sector workers.

For UAE residents and ex-pats

An ex-pat is someone who lives in a nation other than their own. They usually work as educated professionals, skilled laborers, or artists who work beyond their native country, either independently or on assignment from their employers.

For UAE residents and ex-pats, renewal of EID can be done after providing the following documents:

  • A valid passport
  • A valid residence permit
  • A photo with 4.5 x 3.5 cm dimensions with plain white background
  • A copy of birth certificate and one parent’s passport or Emirates ID (for people under 15 years old)
  • Agency certificate on customer’s behalf (in case of third-party application submission)

How to renew Emirates ID online?

If you are ready to submit the documents mentioned above, please follow the steps to complete your Emirates ID renewal process.

Step 1: Visit the official ICP website

Step 2: Go to the “Renew ID card” option

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Next, scroll down and find the “Renew ID card” service section. Once you find it, click on its “Start Service” button.

Step 3: Fill up the application

Fill up the application and provide every information that is asked for. Make sure that all the details are correctly entered before you submit.

Step 4: Pay the required fees

After applying, pay the required Emirates id renewal fees that are displayed. You can pay the fees online using your bank credit card.

Hence this is how you can complete the Emirates ID renewal process. After completing the steps above, you will get a confirmation email from ICP. If there are any mistakes, you will be informed via SMS.

Then you have to wait until you receive a confirmation message. You can also track your application status online from the ICP website to know when it will be delivered.

You might get an SMS later on, letting you know if you need to do something else to continue the process. Likewise, after you get an SMS saying your card is ready, you can go and get your updated Emirates ID.

Alternatively, you can also visit the nearest typing center or customer happiness center and tell them you want to renew your Emirates ID. They will easily take you through the entire process and renew your ID at a slightly more expensive cost.

What is the cost of Emirates ID renewal?

If you want to renew your Emirates ID, then there are certain fees that you will need to pay. However, the amount differs according to your status and validity time.

Some of the fees incurred during Emirates id renewal are listed below.

Card issuance fees

If you are a UAE and GCC national, the cost of renewing your Emirates ID is AED 100 if you renew it for five years. If you renew it for 10 years instead of 5, the fees will be AED 200.

The Emirates ID renewal fee for UAE residents and GCC nationals is AED 100 for five years.

Additional fees

An amount of AED 40 as a service fee and AED 30 as a printing office fee are also applicable. These fees must be paid in all cash, regardless of where you are from.

In addition, if you choose to apply for express renewal service, you must pay an additional AED 150. This amount is charged to UAE nationals, GCC nationals, and UAE residents. [2]Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, “Renew ID Card, https://icp.gov.ae/en/service/renew-id-card/#:~:text=Service%20Requirements%20and%20Fees”

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FAQs on Emirates ID renewal online

Can I renew my Emirates ID online?

Yes, you can renew your ID card online. You must log in to the official ICP app to complete the application process.

How long does Emirates ID renewal take?

EID renewal usually takes around 5 days. Sometimes, you may be sent an SMS asking to do something to further the process, and that may cause delays.

How early can the Emirates ID be renewed?

Renewal of your Emirates ID is possible as early as 180 days from the UAE nationals’ expiry date. UAE residents can only apply for renewal when their residence visa is renewed.

Final thoughts

You can apply for the Emirates ID renewal from the Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. Once you go through the step-by-step process to update your ID, you should have no problems at all.

In case you need help applying for Emirates ID renewal online, you can contact support which is available 24 hours. However, we also hope our Dbdguide might have answered your queries.

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About the author

Arijit Negi
Arijit Negi
Expatriate Living in Dubai for 18 Years | + posts

Arijit Negi is an expatriate living in Dubai for 18 years. He completed his degree in Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Mumbai. Arijit focuses on providing helpful guides and information for ex-pats living in UAE and visitors to the UAE.

Omar Saeed
Omar Saeed
Middle East Senior Contributor | + posts

Omar Saeed is a Senior Contributor at DbdPost based in Dubai. He earned his degree in Master of Media and Communication from the University of Wollongong in Dubai and covers news, info guides, reviews, and opinion pieces on various topics related to the UAE.


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