How to get an e-version of your Emirates ID in the UAE


The Emirates ID is a mandatory identification card for citizens and residents of the UAE issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). Whilst the card is physical and should be carried by residents and citizens at all time, the ICA has recently announced a new electronic/digital version of the Emirates ID that applicants can use while waiting for their physical card to arrive. So let’s find out how the process of getting an e-Emirates ID works.

For those awaiting the physical card version of their Emirates ID, the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has instigated the provision to download an e-version. Here’s the process:
  • Download the ‘ICA UAE Smart’ app from Play Store and App Store.
  • If you’re a new user, register and setup an account with the required credentials, including your Emirates ID number, passport number, expiry date, valid email address. Once the registration for Emirates ID e-version is complete, you’ll receive an email to confirm and verify your account.
  • You can also use ‘UAE Pass’ login details in the registration process for the e-Emirates ID.
  • Click into the Emirates ID section to find the QR code which will allow you to create the electronic Emirates ID card in the “documents wallet section” of the app.
Until your physical ID card is printed and delivered the e-Emirates ID can be used for various government services. It’s also valid for telecom services like du and Etisalat.



Yes, the e-version is available for free on the ICA Smart app. The app is available on both iOS and Android devices.


The new version of Emirates ID in the UAE is valid for government services and other institutions that require an Emirates ID until the physical card is available. This concludes our guide on how to get an electronic/digital version of your Emirates ID in the UAE. The process is simple and you can get it free of charge on any mobile device.

The Emirates ID is an essential document for UAE nationals and residents. You can also check the status of Emirates ID online to know about the timeline of receiving your card. The numerous benefits of having an Emirates ID include the ability to secure a home internet package, open a bank account, register for utilities, and apply for a Dubai driver’s licence.

If you wish to change your phone number, read our guide on how to change your phone number linked to Emirates ID.