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Emirates ID eases notarisation process.

It will help save a good deal of time

Abu Dhabi Residents in the capital who have Emirates IDs will no longer need to fill out lengthy forms giving personal information before getting their commercial and civil documents notarised, a statement issued by the judicial department said.

The statement said that all notary public branches of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) had been fully geared up to use ID cards issued by the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA).

Customer service personnel at government agencies would be able to use card readers to extract all personal details about customers who produce their ID cards.

This link with EIDA is expected to increase productivity at the branches, the statement added.

A source at the ADJD told Gulf News that this would help both customers and customer service agents save "a good deal of time, because neither needs to spend time filling out the details". Instead, all data would be extracted from the ID cards and would also be saved in the notary public department's system for future use.

The source however added that Emirates IDs had not been made mandatory for transactions at notarisation departments.

Saving on time

Shaikh Fareed, a partner of a contracting company from India who has an Emirates ID, said the document would save people valuable time when trying to get their documents attested.

"It takes me about 20 minutes or more to fill out the forms to get a power of attorney statement notarised. It will help me save that time," Fareed said.

Khalid Fat'hi, a legal researcher at Al Jabri and Associates who has to go to the ADJD once or twice a week to notarise documents, added that one of the biggest advantages of the new system is that he does not need to painstakingly obtain details from people who are not too sure of personal information.

"Now when I have to get a power of attorney for someone, I just have to take their ID cards with me and it saves me a lot of hassle," Fat'hi said.

Doha Wazany, 30, a communications executive from Palestine was also happy to hear about the development.

"Using Emirates IDs is definitely more convenient. But relying on an electronic system and doing away with paper-based form is also environmentally sound, and this is just as important," Wazany said.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Sep 8, 2010
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