Is your current Emirates ID card photo different from how you appear now? Have you ever had issues because people couldn’t recognize you from your ID photo? If this is the case, don’t worry; updating your personal photo on your Emirates ID is quick and straightforward. We’ll walk you through the full process of changing your Emirates ID photo, from application to required paperwork, in this tutorial.
Process for Emirates ID Photo Change
Once you know how updating the photo on your UAE identity card is simple. You can request a change to your ID card at any time during its validity period or during the updating procedure. Follow the steps below to update the photo on your existing Emirates ID:
- Bring your original passport and Emirates ID card to one of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) customer happiness centers.
- Make sure you’re carrying your replacement photo. It should be a white-background passport photo.
- Complete and submit the information-changing application along with the required papers.
- It will be necessary to pay the application fee for issuing an Emirates ID card with revised information. AED 150 is the fee (inclusive of AED 40 service fees).
- Verify biometrics (photo, fingerprints, etc).
- You will receive an SMS notification when your revised Emirates ID is ready for collection (typically within 48 hours of submitting your application).
- Your new ID card can be picked up at the post office listed in the SMS.
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Emirates ID Photo Specifications
The following are the requirements for your new Emirates ID photo:
- The photo on the Emirates ID card must be of good quality, and color, and not older than six months.
- The background color of the Emirates ID photo must be white.
- The features on your Emirates ID card photo should be natural and not overdone.
- The needed head posture for the photograph is straight and parallel to the lens.
- Keep your eyes open and your look directed towards the camera lens (colored lenses are not permitted).
- Glasses are OK as long as they do not interfere with vision or reflect light.
- The outfit should preferably match the person in the passport photo. Head covering is permissible according to national dress or religious beliefs.
- There should be no ink traces or shrinking, and the resolution should be at least 600 dpi.