The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has announced the start of the first phase of issuing the upgraded version of the national identity card, as part of the transition to the new generation of identity cards and passports.
The authority called on identity renewal service applicants to use the electronic version of the identity at the current stage in all service delivery outlets in various sectors, until the issuance of the printed cards.
The authority confirmed that the electronic version of the identity is an exact copy of the identity card, and is available through the authority’s smart application “ICA UAE Smart”, which can be downloaded for free from the IOS and Android stores.
She explained that the electronic version can be used via QR Code scanning technology, to enable immediate reading of the card, as it is created automatically when entering the customer’s document wallet in the smart application.
The electronic form of the card is characterized by all the data shown on the card, by reading it directly from the database in the authority, and this process enhances the ease of verification by the service authorities of the effectiveness of the issued card, in the event that the printed card is not available to the holder.
The authority stated that it has coordinated with the concerned authorities, service and business sectors in the country, to provide their services using the electronic version of the identity in the smart application, and based on reading the previous smart chip of the identity card for emulation and verification of the customer where necessary, until the issuance of the upgraded printed version of the card .
It is noteworthy that the project of the new generation of Emirati passports and national identity card was approved, to be a new design for identity cards, and to use high security features, operating systems and advanced technologies that reduce security risks, making it difficult to copy or forgery and forgery.