Muscat: The issuing of an ID card for Omani citizens and a resident card for expatriates will be mandatory for everyone of the age 10 years and above and a fine of OMR 5 will be applicable for each month of delay in procuring the same.
The Royal Oman Police has amended the Civil Status Law, with the following: “An identity card and residency card are issued within 30 days from the date a person reaches the age of (10) ten years for Omanis and residents, and from the date of the resident entering the Sultanate if his age is more than (10) ten years.”
To obtain the card, the presence of the person concerned is required, and an exception may be made to issue it without his presence, based on a reasoned request submitted to the General Administration, with the following documents attached:
For ID cards:
1 - The original birth certificate.
2- The original ID card of the parents.
3- A letter from the competent authority regarding the person who has acquired the Omani nationality.
Second: Residence Card:
1- The original passport.
2- A notification from the competent authority. In the event of renewal of the residence card, the documents referred to in items (2, 1) shall be attached to the original expired card.
In all cases, the card is issued with a photograph in the official dress for Omanis, and in an appropriate dress for foreigners, in accordance with the regulations set by the Director General.
Article 21 states: “The personal card is valid for a period of five years, and the residence card for a period not exceeding three years, from the date of issuance or renewal, and the owner of the card must renew it within 30 days from the date of its expiry.”
The decision noted that the fees for issuing and renewing the Identity card are OMR 5 for Omanis and expatriates, while the fees for issuing a replacement for lost card are OMR 10 for the Omani and OMR 20 for the expatriates.