The Emirates ID is a "portable personal database" and is a legal requirement for all UAE citizens and residents, including newborn babies. The Emirates ID must be carried at all times. Issued by the Emirates Identification Authority (EIDA), it features an electronic chip which contains vital information about the holder, such as core details, photo and biometric data (finger prints). The card is used for multiple purposes, such as dealing with phone and internet, paying utility bills, paying fines, and registering vehicles. In time it will also take the place of your debit card and driving license.