Kuwait contains around 70% of expatriates and this makes it unique from all other countries in the gulf or MENA region. All these are working professionals, skilled workers, labor, etc. hired from other non-Arab and Asian countries.
As per laws, a resident is required to apply for the Kuwait Civil ID card within 30 days after receiving their residency visa. It is issued by the Public Authority for Civil Information – PACI.
What is a Civil ID?
Same as in Saudi Arabia every expat is provided an Iqama, here in Kuwait they call it BATAKA or MOI Civil ID Kuwait. Ministry of interior Kuwait controls all this so that add the name of MOI with the ID. MOI has introduced the same eServices that helps anyone to check MOI Civil ID status and other information like ID expiry or validity.
Every checkpoint they normally ask you to show then your Bataka & if you got any traffic violation then you can see fine against it. Always keep it in your pocket or else you are going to be in trouble if some authority asks for it. You can also use to make a bank account, to buy a vehicle, and admit kids in school here in Kuwait.
It is just an identity card with all the related information of an individual holder. This ID is helpful to make bank transitions that help to send money back home by an expat. In GCC countries like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates this ID card has a different name like Iqama and Bataka, Civil ID. But overall it represents the same purposes in all these countries.
In this article, I will cover the major aspects of the 12-digit Civil ID and also how to get help from the Ministry of Interior – MOI Kuwait
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Check MOI Kuwait Civil ID
Online hassle-free check is available at the MOI web portal to facilitate expats living in Kuwait. Just follow the below easy steps;
Step – 1: Make sure to follow the Link for MOI Kuwait
Step – 2: Or you can follow this path to get on this position in case the direct link is not working in any case that is Kuwait Government Online > Citizens and Residents > Personal and Family > Inquiring about Civil ID
Step – 3: Now you will see the window like below picture
Step – 4:: Here just enter your 12-digit Civil ID number and press Query button.
Step – 5: You will see the Civil ID status like below
Step – 6: See your Civil ID status if it shows you the exact status and also the recommendation. For example, Your ID is not renewed and is considered canceled, Or the procedures for renewing your ID card are not yet complete. Check after 10 days if you have already applied for renewal. If it is valid then it will also show that your card is valid. Like below;
Note: You can also check all these just by a voice query system at telephone number 1889988
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Renew Kuwait Civil ID
The Applicants should be able to visit the Public Authority of Civil Information – PACI Headquarters, Zahra, Checkers’ Building, ground floor, Reception Hall to receive the new card. The renewal fee is 5 KD for smart cards and 2 KD for domestic staff. The plastic card is for domestic staff and the smart card is for others.
There are two methods to renew the Civil ID Iqama. One is through phone call & the other is through the PACI site. I will explain to you both step by step;
Voice Call on 1889988
Step – 1: Dial 1889988
Step – 2: Choose the preferred language like English by press 2 or Arabic by press 1 as instructed
Step – 3: Follow the operator and select Civil ID renewal – Choose the service No. 1 from the voice list
Step – 4: Now, enter the 12 digits civil ID number
Step – 5: Now your request will be submitted.
Step – 6: After that take the old Iqama and go to PACI headquarters, Zahra, Checker’s Building.
Step – 7: Pay the fee 5 KD and collect the new Civil ID. The fee for Domestic workers is 2 KD.
Note: Make sure to get your renewed Iqama as soon as possible otherwise there is a penalty of 5 KD for late collection as well.
Online at PACI Site
Once the validity of Kuwait civil ID is near to expire then you have to apply for a renewal. This process is simple and I will explain easy steps;
Step – 1: Go the online web portal here PACI for ID Renewal
Step – 2: Now you will see the windows below where you need to fill your ID number as I have did
Step – 3: You will see the fee like here 2 Kuwaiti Dinar is the fee for Domestic staff (Plastic Card) and 5 KD (Smart Card)fee is for the rest. Check your and pay.
Step – 4: You can pay them online through the bank or can pay offline at PACI headquarter when you will collect the new ID.
Step – 5: Now go to Public Authority of Civil Information Headquarters, Zahra, Checkers’ Building, ground floor, Reception Hall to get the renewed card as soon as possible. Make sure to take your old card with you to submit there.
Kuwait’s population is around 4,206,000 with the breakdown Kuwait 31.3%, Other Arab 27.9%, South Asian 37.8%, African 1.9% and other nationals 1.1%. It means about 70% are expats and there should be a proper system to handle all with grace. This PACI Civil ID helps to manage this easily. The online system is so effective that anyone with ID numbers can check.