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Resident cards to be valid for three years

24 Oct 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Lt Gen Hassan bin Mohsen al Shraiqi, Inspector General of Police and Customs, has issued a decision to amend the executive regulations of the Civil Status Law allowing expat resident cards to be valid for three years instead of two.

The decision also makes it mandatory for the issuance of the Civil Identity Cards for citizens and Resident Cards for expatriates within thirty days from the date of the person reaching the age of ten years.

‘The Civil ID is valid for five years while the Resident Card will be valid for a period not exceeding three years, from the date of issuance or renewal,’ stated the decision.

The decision 235/2021 amends some provisions of the executive regulations of the Civil Status Law issued by Royal Decree No. 66/99 and the Executive Regulations of the Civil Status Law issued by Resolution 40/2007.

The Civil ID and Residency cards shall be issued within 30 days from the date of the person attaining the age of ten years for Omanis and residents, or from the date of entry of the resident to the sultanate if his/her age is more than ten years.

The fees for getting a new Civil ID is RO5 while the fee to renew it is also RO5. To replace a damaged or lost Civil ID card, the fee will be RO10.

According to the decision, the fee for getting a new Resident Card is RO5 (for each year) and the fee to renew it is RO5 (for each year). To replace a damaged or lost Resident Card, the fee is RO20.

Fine for not renewing Civil ID and Resident Cards for each month is RO5, while the fine for not getting a new Civil Identity Card within 30 days of the person reaching 10 years is RO10.

This decision was issued on October 21, 2021 and take effect from the day following the date of its publication.

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