ID cards latest

System revamp should ease applications

Identity Card (ID) applicants should easily be able to make an appointment from this week as the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) is revamping the appointment system.

The revamp will open a year-long calendar (for appointments), increase the number of centres handling applicants and allocate more capacity for registration for appointments.

The applicants will also be able to track the status of their applications online, said Thamer Rashid Al Qasimi, Planning Director and Project Management Director at EIDA.

"The revamping of the appointment system, online tracking system and a new version of user-friendly pre-registration application software are the latest steps taken by EIDA to make the ID card registration easier."

An appointment system on trial opened at the beginning of January and the bookings were full within a week, said the official. "We had allocated about 20 per cent of the registration capacity of about ten centres for appointments."

Appointments were made by expatriate professionals and Emiratis whose deadlines are February and March 31, 2009, respectively, he said.

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