Qatar ID Card: Everything You Need To Know (2023)

National identity cards are identification documents issued by a nation’s government to its citizens and residents. Usually, they would have the holder’s photo, identification details and national identity number.

A Qatar ID card (commonly called QID) is used to prove a person’s identity and residency in Qatar. This article will discuss everything you need to know about Qatar ID cards.

There are broadly two types of Qatar IDs:

  • Cards issued to Qatari Citizens – titled “State of Qatar ID Card”, and
  • Cards issued to Expatriate Residents – titled “State of Qatar Residency Permit”.

Qatar ID Card Format

Qatar Citizen’s ID cards (National ID) contain the card holder’s photo, name, date of birth, nationality, ID number, expiry, and signature. Below is the design format of the ID card for Qatari citizens.

Qatar Citizens ID Card Design

Expatriate Residents’ cards (Residency Permit) contain the card holder’s photo, name, date of birth, nationality, occupation, employer details, passport details and signature. It would also contain the QID number and expiry date of the card. Below is what the QID for expatriate residents looks like.

Qatar Residents ID Card Design

For expatriate residents, two types of QID cards are available:

  • Regular plastic cards that are commonly used, and
  • Smart cards that allow access to government services.

Smart ID Cards

Qatar’s smart ID cards are plastic cards with an embedded electronic chip that contains digital data. These are more secure and can be used for online government transactions by inserting them into card readers.

Smart ID cards are issued to all citizens by default. Expatriate residents can get smart cards at an additional fee of QR 100.

One significant advantage of the smart card was the e-gate facility at the Hamad International Airport. However, the e-gate facility is now accessible even for residents with regular cards.

How To Apply For Qatar ID Card

The Qatar ID card will be issued after a new resident completes the medical check-up and fingerprinting process. The sponsor has to approach an MOI service centre with the visa, passport, photo, and fee for issuing a QID card. Usually, the card will be printed on the same day.

For newborn babies, the sponsor (father or mother, as the case may be) can apply for Qatar ID by submitting the birth certificate, baby passport, photo, parents’ QIDs, etc.

Qatar ID Card Photo

The required photo size for the Qatar ID card is 35 x 45 mm. For expatriates, the photo should be with blue background.

Qatar ID Card Validity

The card will be renewed for a minimum of one year. It can be renewed for up to five years for some categories.

Renewing Qatar ID Card

The Qatar ID card will be reprinted each time a resident’s visa is renewed. Only the sponsor can renew the QID on dependents or workers. A worker cannot renew his own QID.

In the case of a work visa, this will be by the employer. Residence renewal applications for govt, public and private company sponsorships can be made electronically.

In the case of family residence visa dependents, this process has to be done by the husband (or wife if she is the sponsor). For family and personal sponsorship, applications can be made online or physically at MOI services centres.

When the residence permit renewal is done online through the Metrash2 app or MOI website, the card will be delivered to the applicant’s address by Q-Post.

Please note that the Qatar ID card must be reprinted each time the holder’s visa or passport is renewed, or there is a change in personal information. This can be done by the worker or dependent through the Metrash app and doesn’t require the sponsor’s permission.

Here is our detailed guide on how to renew Qatar ID

Travelling With Qatar ID Card

Since 2015, Qatar ID has replaced the visa sticker in passports. Qatar residents must present a Qatar ID card during check-in and immigration for international travel.

Please note that the card must be valid during the date of travel. A resident will not be allowed to enter Qatar using an expired Qatar ID.

What to do if Qatar ID is lost?

If your Qatar ID card is lost while inside Qatar, you can request a new card using the “Replace Damaged/Lost ID” option in Metrash. This option is available under “Residency” services. You will need to pay QR 200 for replacement and an additional QR 20 if Q-Post delivery is needed.

If your Qatar ID card is lost outside Qatar, your sponsor can apply for a return permit. Please see our detailed guide on what to do if QID is lost during travel.

How To Check Qatar ID Status Online?

You can check the status of your Qatar ID by using the “Official Documents” feature on the Ministry of Interior website.

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FAQ On Qatar ID Card

How can I get Qatar ID card?

The Qatar ID card will be issued when a new resident completes the medical check-up and fingerprinting process. The parent should apply for the QID card for babies born in Qatar.

How much does Qatar ID renewal cost?

The annual fee for QID renewal is QR 500 for family sponsorship and QR 1000 for employees sponsored by businesses. For employees under personal sponsorship, the renewal fee is QR 300.

Should I carry the Qatar ID at all times?

Qatar residents must carry their Qatar IDs and show them to Police, CID and other security personnel when required. You can also show the QID image on your Metrash app’s E-Wallet feature.

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  1. hello Doha guide.
    I did my medical and biometric same day of 16th October, while waiting for my Qid to issue, I learnt that my sponsor had absconded with my money and he is nowhere to be found, please where should I start from, how can I personally pay for another money for the completion and issuance of my card, please help me clerify this.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Taiwo, Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately the visa system in Qatar is based on sponsorship. Only your sponsor can get your Qatar ID printed. Please try to find the sponsor or file a complaint with police (if nothing works).

  2. hi admin,

    want to know how many times we can change profession on QID. one time last year i change my proffession from technician to supervisor. Again i want to change from supervisor to general supervisor. while applying online it is not taking showing applications already process…what yo do now. any suggestions

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Waseem, The system will not allow back to back profession changes. However this is possible by making a special application. Please check with a typing center.

  3. Hello
    thank you for the information.
    i just want to ask if it is possible for my current employer to renew my QID even though i’m on the process of changing sponsorship. is it possible to renew it while under employer notification period?
    thanks in advance.

  4. Dear Sir
    I am Syed
    I would like to submit a family permanent visa application Online. but I have a supervisor position in my Qatar ID &
    and salary above 10000-QR
    I feel maybe, I am not eligible for a family resistance visa as per the Qatar ID position.
    please clarify before teak dissection.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Syed, Sorry we are not sure about this because we have seen that sometimes supervisor gets rejected (while it gets approved in some cases). Please check with a typing center.

    2. hello
      in my Metrash the I’d has the smart card chip … while the one I was sent does not… could there be an issue with the printing or should I apply for another one please?

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi Mitch, For smart card (with chip) you need to make a special request and the fee is also higher. If you still need smart card please visit any MOI Service Center.

  5. hi everyone I live Qatar in three months . I have one problem that in fingerprint can’t receive in my fingers five times again please help me my visa failed in 14 Nov

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hanad, You need to check what is the reason for fingerprint fail. If it is a medical issue, you should discuss with officials and try to solve.

  6. Hi. I finish my fingerprint Sunday they said wait 2 days msg metrash but i did not reciv any. So i follow up in cid salwa Wednesday then it said my fingerprint not clear. I need to go back next week then need submit copy of passport visa etc. Any idea why need to submit again?

    1. Hi Den, The issue is with fingerprint, not documents. Just take all the documents you took with you last time (passport, visa, medical receipt).

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