Saudi Arabia has launched an Digital ID (Saudi Iqama). However, in Makkah Mukarramah region, the Passport Department (Saudi Jawazat) has directed all the citizens and Saudi expats in the country to issue Digital Saudi Iqama. From where are these Digital Iqama issued? Can they be replaced with Iqama cards? How will they be beneficial? Keep reading to find the answers to these.
Issuing of the Digital ID (Saudi Iqama)
According to the local newspaper, the Saudi Jawazat has said that “Digital ID Saudi Iqama can be issued through Absher Individual app.” The Saudi Jawazat has further said that a copy of the digital ID Saudi Iqama can be saved in the mobile.
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Importance of the Digital ID (Saudi Iqama)
The Digital ID (Saudi Iqama) have been launched to ease the citizens and Saudi expats as they won’t have to carry a plastic document of their identity anymore. Digital ID (Saudi Iqama) has the same status as the Saudi Iqama card. In the absence of an Saudi Iqama card, digital Saudi Iqama will be an alternative.” Read more: Video: Procedure to Activate Digital ID for Iqama in Absher Individual
How to Activate Digital ID (Saudi Iqama) Online?
- 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”
Can you Rely on these Digital Identities when Transacting with each other
“Banks, companies and you will be able to rely on digital identities when transacting with each other. However, witnesses will not be required to be identified by any individual, agency or security agency.
Digitals IDs to be a Turning Point in Electronic Transactions
These digital IDs will be a turning point in developing the process of electronic transactions. Saudi Arabia launched this service for the citizens residing in the Kingdom. Now, they don’t have to keep their Iqama with them all the time as they can easily download their digital Iqama on their mobile phones which can be used as an alternative. Stay tuned to Saudi expat news for more.