How to convert your residence visa, driving license and Emirates ID card into ‘trusted digital documents’

Dubai: Instead of having printouts of your Emirates ID, driver’s license and other government documents, you can easily access its trusted digital copy and save it to your laptop and mobile phone .

This new technology, called “UAE Verify”, was introduced by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) in January 2022. “UAE Verify” allows government and private entities to verify the authenticity of digital documents without needing to request a copy disc.

What is it and how does it work? Here is everything you need to know about UAE Verify.

What is ‘UAE Verify’?

According to its official website – uaeverify.gov.ae – UAE Verify is a blockchain-powered digital platform, launched by TDRA, where you can verify “trusted digital documents” obtained from partner government departments such as the Ministry of Education and the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP).

The ‘UAE Verify’ platform allows you to convert your documents into authenticated digital documents with a high level of confidentiality and security, as it uses blockchain technology.

These trusted digital copies contain a unique QR code, which the government entity then scans to verify the authenticity of your certificate or document.

What is a Trusted Digital Document?

A trusted digital document, issued by a UAE federal or local government department or authority, contains data digested into a “hash” and stored in the blockchain system, then validated and verified by “UAE Verify”.

In each trusted digital document, there is a hash, a unique digital code, which verifies that the content of the document has not been altered.

Which government departments provide trusted digital records?

Here are the government departments that have so far partnered with UAe Verify to issue trusted digital documents:

  • Minister of the Interior
  • Ministry of Community Development
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health and Prevention
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
  • Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security
  • General Authority of Civil Aviation
  • Dubai Land Department

How to access a Trusted Digital Document?

To access a trusted digital document, it is important to download the UAE Pass application. UAE Pass is the easiest way to do all government work through a single mobile app. The app provides access to over 5,000 government services. To learn more about UAE Pass and how to create an account, read our guide here.

Once you have downloaded the app, log in to UAE Pass and press “Add documents”. You will then be presented with the list of departments that have partnered with UAE Verify. Select the relevant service, then choose the document for which you need a trusted digital document. Once you have submitted the request, the application will process your request. You will receive a notification on your phone. The process usually only takes a few minutes.

You can then access the documents through the “Documents” tab of the UAE Pass app.

Each document will also have the option to generate a QR code for verification purposes.

For some other documents, you may need to contact the ministry directly. For example, to obtain a reliable digital document of your marriage certificate or power of attorney, you will need to contact the Department of Justice.

How to verify a trusted digital document?

As the recipient of a trusted digital document, you can verify its authenticity, integrity and validity with the official issuing authority on the “UAE Verify” platform, by downloading the document.

You can upload your document by visiting the “UAE Verify” homepage: https://uaeverify.gov.ae/ and clicking on the green tab labeled “Upload”.

The “UAE Verify” platform will verify the hash of the trusted digital document uploaded through the blockchain system and verify that the document is from the official source and has not been tampered with.

It is important to note that your document will not be valid if the certificate or registration has not been issued by the official government partners of “UAE Verify”. Likewise, your trusted digital document verification will be denied if found to have been tampered with.

The second method to verify a trusted digital document is to use UAE Pass. For example, a government entity can verify the “Digital Trusted Document” by scanning the QR code presented by the document owner through their UAE Pass app.

What types of Trusted Digital Documents are available?

Some examples of trusted digital documents that can be validated via UAE VERIFY:

  • Criminal record certificate
  • Vehicle license
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Emirates ID card
  • Residence visa
  • Academic qualification certificate
  • COVID-19 vaccination card
  • Marriage certificate

Why not print your Trusted Digital Document?

‘UAE Verify’ says that by “printing it will remove any advanced protections designed to keep the certificate in a secure format. Printed certificates cannot be verified.

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