According to the officials, Saudi Arabia has launched a digital edition of identification cards for its citizens and expatriates through a smart app. On which smartphone app are these electronic copies launched? How will these prove beneficial for the citizens? To the answers to these, read the article below.
Launch of an Digital ID (Saudi Iqama)
According to the local newspaper,
A digital ID (Saudi Iqama) and national ID has been launched on the smartphone app “Absher Individuals” by the Ministry of Interior with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA).
How will these Digital IDs Facilitate the Citizens and Saudi Expats?
The spokesman for Civil Affairs Agency Mohammed Al Jaser said, The digital IDs will facilitate verification of their holders in case they do not bear the Saudi Iqama or National ID as the Saudi expats and citizens can display the identification data electronically via the app ‘Absher Individuals’ including the QR [Quick Response] code.
He further added that the app also allows downloading a copy of the ID on the smart device.
Procedure to Activate Digital ID Saudi Iqama in Absher
- Download the Absher Individual mobile application, iOS, Android
- Log in to the application using Absher username and password.
- Click on “My services”.
- Select “Activate Digital ID”.
- Scroll down and click on the “Activate Digital ID”
Digitals IDs to be a turning point in electronic transactions
According to Al Jaser, “The digital ID will mark a turning point in developing individuals’ electronic transactions with sectors linked to the Interior Ministry’s Absher Individual platform.”
The “Absher” app gives Saudi citizens and expatriates access to a set of electronic government services such as residency and travel documents and renewal of passports and driving licenses. The Digital IDs would facilitate individuals during electronic transactions, verifications and many more. Saudi Arabia is introducing new policies for the development of the country. Stay tuned to our website, Saudi expat news, for more.