Same to other Gulf countries Qatar also issues an ID to its residents. This in Qatar is called Iqama same as in Saudi Arabia. While you are staying in Qatar this Iqama should be valid in any case so that you need to check regularly if it is canceled or expired in any case to avoid any hassle. An Iqama is just a plastic card with a photo of a holder and some of the basic personal information.
It is an 11 digits number, for example, 28014404**2.
Qatari ID Numbers Stands for
Qatari ID numbers are not just randomly placed or machine-generated but there is a proper logic behind how the system generates these numbers. It contains information like Age, Nationality, Country. So anyone can understand just by looking at your card that you are from which country.
Qatari ID Numbering System
As I told you earlier that it consists of 11 digits.
1st Digit: If it is 2 that means you are born between 1900-1999 and 3 means that you are after 2000.
2nd and 3rd Digits: It is your year of birth (last two digits)
4th, 5th, and 6th Digits: It represents your country code as per ISO Coding.
Last five digits: The number of people from the same country of the same birth that joined Qatar already in a sequence.
For example, with ID number 28884007777; it means you were born in 1988, and you are
the 7777 American who was born in 1988 who are here in Qatar already.
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Use of an Iqama
It is must-have if you need to;
- Open a Bank Account
- Need a Driving License
- Ministry of Interior Queries Online
- Need Loan
- Need a Car on Lease
- Any many more Official Works
- You can get Ooredoo or Vodafone Mobile Sim Card
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How to Check Status of QID
Step – 1: First of all, go to the Ministry of Interior Portal here MOI of Qatar. You will see a screen like below and click on Inquiries.
Step – 2: Now, you will see the screen like below again and this time select Other Inquiries
Step – 3: Now Click on Official Documents
Step – 4: Now, you will see two options either you can choose QID Number or Passport. But make sure with the passport you have to enter the nationality. I will show you here with a QID number.
Step – 5: Enter the verification code like in above it is “031” you will be different.
Step – 6: Now click on the search button and you will see the information like in below if your QID is valid or else you may see is canceled or “Does not Exist”.
Here as in the picture, you will the information like – All Expiry Date
- ID Card Expiry Date
- Passport Expiry Date
- Residency Expiry Date
- Driving Licence Expiry Date (PRIVATE-Car )
Note down and check your information and act accordingly. Like if your passport is going to expire then you can not travel back to the home country and cannot renew your ID either.
One more thing in Qatar you QID is the driving license number. You can search the data again as many times as you need. Have a continuous check to avoid any hassle later on.