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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


General Qs

Do not worry the new card will contain your updated details and information. Your details are currently available in the database and when you apply for the new card you are required to give your correct information.
If you already have an ID card, then will be able to get the new one as your current ID Card is about to expire. Your ID information may already be available in the Civil Status database, but nevertheless you will still be required to fill in a new application form, in order to update some of the old information, and also to make sure that all the information we have on file is accurate.
The Civil Number is a constant number issued to any person registered in the Civil Register. When dealing with people, all authorities have to enter the Civil Number on their records. The Civil Number is the same number of the present ID card without any change.
  • Make procedures of entering civil status events easier by improving the service quality and enhancing its efficiency; and also by seeking accuracy in data collection and amendments to ensure the highest possible level of security for the citizens as well as the residents.
  • The Civil Register provides an accurate data base about citizens and residents. This fact contributes to designing future developmental plans and assists ministries and government bodies to get accurate data and statistical information.
  • The system can be accessed by the other ministries to enhance the level of decision making and introduce the necessary changes.

A Civil Register is a system concerned with entering the Civil Status events as birth, marriage, divorce and death. It includes issuing ID cards for Omani nationals and Resident cards for foreigners residing in the Sultanate.
The functions and tasks of the General Directorate of Civil Status can be summed up as follows:
  • Enter civil status events of Omani citizens in the Civil Register, and issue certificates pertaining to the events.
  • Enter records of the births and deaths of foreigners who are residing in the Sultanate and also of their marriages and divorces events if one party of the event is an Omani national, and issue certificates pertaining to the events.
  • Issue ID cards for the Omani nationals.
  • Issue Residence cards for the foreigners residing in the Sultanate.
  • Verify the authenticity of the particulars stated in the applications for licenses to get married to foreigners.
  • Verify the authenticity of particulars of applicants for recognition or restoration of the Omani citizenship and also particulars of applicants for naturalization.
  • Enter civil status events of Omani citizens in the Civil Register, and issue certificates pertaining to the events.
  • Enter on records the births and deaths of foreigners who are residing in the Sultanate and also their marriage and divorce events if one party of the event is an Omani national, and issue certificates pertaining to the events.
  • Issue ID cards for the Omani nationals.
  • Issue Residence cards for the foreigners residing in the Sultanate.
  • Verify the authenticity of the particulars stated in the applications for licenses to get married to foreigners.
  • Verify the authenticity of particulars of applicants for recognition or restoration of the Omani citizenship and also particulars of applicants for naturalization.


Births & Deaths

  1. Application form for death registration.
  2. Notification from the Ministry of Health.
  3. A letter from the sheikh or the chief of the district approved by the wali if the death occurs outside the hospital and no notification could be obtained from the Ministry of Health.
  4. Death certificate or any approved certificate issued by a competent authority and endorsed by the embassy or the consulate of Oman in the country where death takes place.
  5. ID of the deceased.
  6. Signed notification of the informant if the identity of the deceased can not be verified.

Informants with legal responsibility to report death are:
  1. The ascendants, descendants or spouses of the deceased.
  2. An adult who is the closest relative of the deceased who was present at the death.
  3. An adult who shared the same accommodation with the deceased if the death occurs in that same accommodation.
  4. The sheikh or chief of the district.
  5. The doctor who checked the deceased.
  6. Directors of institutions like hospitals, prisons, quarantines, or other places where death takes place.
  7. The attorney general when the death sentence is carried out within twenty-four (24) hours from the time of the execution.
  8. Security and Defence units in charge of informing the General Directorate of Civil Status about their soldiers, civilians and volunteers who die or are martyred in or outside the Sultanate.

All deaths that occur in the Sultanate and deaths of Omanis that occur abroad are to be reported. Deaths that occurs in the Sultanate must be reported to the Registrar within two (2) weeks from the date of death, and within one (1) month if it occurs outside the Sultanate. A death certificate is to be issued as an attested official document.
  1. Application form of birth registration.
  2. Birth notification from the Ministry of Health.
  3. A letter from the sheikh or the chief of the district approved by the wali if the birth occurs outside the hospital and no notification could be obtained from the Ministry of Health.
  4. A letter from the competent authority endorsed by the embassy or the consulate of Oman if the birth takes place outside the Sultanate or a birth certificate from the country of birth.
  5. Notification of legal marriage from the Ministry of Justice.
  6. Birth certificate of the eldest child if the bond of marriage has been over a long period of time but can not be certified by the Ministry of Justice.

  1. The father if present.
  2. One of the adult closest relatives of the new born who was present at the delivery.
  3. An adult occupant of the same house as the mother of the new born.
  4. The doctor or any authorized person who delivered the baby.
  5. Directors of institutions like hospitals, maternity centers, prisons, quarantines, or other places where the birth takes place.
  6. The sheikh or the chief of the district.
  7. The mother.

The reporting of births in the Sultanate to the Registrar must be made within two (2) weeks from the date of birth. If the birth takes place whilst abroad, it must be reported within three (3) months from the date of birth to the Omani Mission in the country where the birth takes place or which is the destination of the traveler. If the period of stay in the country where the birth takes place is less than thirty (30) days, the birth may be reported to the Registrar in the Sultanate within not more than fifteen (15) days from the date of return. However, the reporting has to be supported by either a birth certificate or a document issued by the competent authority in that country.

Marriage & Divorce

The personal details recorded in the Civil Status Record are a secret. The public have no access to them
The husband, the wife, the husbandís father, the wifeís father.
Marriage or divorces have to be reported within thirty (30) days from the date of the event.

ID & Resident Card

Since your visa and current labor card are going to be expired on next January you will get the resident card.

A resident or an expatriate in the Sultanate will be required to have a Resident Card. This includes those who are employed and those who are not. After completing the relevant procedures at the Ministry of Manpower once your current Labour Card and Visa is about to expire; then all that needs to be done is to bring the required documents to one of the Civil Status Registration Centers, where your new card will be issued.

The documents that will be required are:

  • If the resident works in the Sultanate:
    1. Passport.
    2. Medical certificate.
    3. Copy of the labor card.
    4. Two (2) personal photographs.
    5. Clearance from the ministery of Manpower.
    6. Complete application form. The sponsorís data has to be filled by the sponsor himself/herself.
    7. For renewal, the expired card has to be handed in.

  • If the resident does not work (an expatriateís wife, for example):
    1. Passport.
    2. Medical checkup.
    3. Two (2) personal photographs.
    4. Complete application form.

  • If the expatriate was born in the Sultanate and is fifteen (15) years of age:
    1. Personal passport or passport added.
    2. Birth certificate.
    3. Medical checkup.
    4. Two (2) personal photographs.
    5. Complete in application form.

The resident card will be issued at second quarter of 2004 for the new arriving residents. In 2005 all the residents will get the card. The application form will be available in the transaction offices in the civil registration centers, and soon on the civil status website.

The Omani ID Card will cost RO 5.000 and it will be issued for the Omanis who are above 15 years of age.

Required Documents to apply for an ID Card:
  1. Application form.
  2. Birth certificate and a copy of the passport along with the original passport (for novice applicants).
  3. Parents' ID cards if there is no passport.
  4. Letter from the sheikh or chief of the district approved by the wali if the passport and the parents ID cards are not available.
  5. Medical checkup showing the blood group.
  6. Two (2) personal photographs.
  7. Delivering the present ID card if it has expired.

Thank you for your interest and question. First of all, the resident card will be issued for all expats whether they are working or non-working. on second quarter 2004 the resident card will be issued for new arriving residents. On early 2005 it will be issued for all residents residing in Oman. The resident card will include the labor card details so there will be no labour card.
the medical check up is the same that is required when you apply for labour card.
the medical check up is the same that is required when you apply for labour card.
You will not be eligible to renew your current ID card with the new electronic ID Card untill it expires.
Resident card costs OR10 for working residents and OR 5 for all his family members, who are above 15 years of age.
Residents who are currently residing in the Sultanate of Oman will not get the resident card until 2005. At the beginning of second quarter 2004 the Resident Card will be issued to new residents arriving in the Sultanate. All the family members of the expatriate, who are above 15 years and residing with him in Oman, will be eligible for and will be required to get the Resident Card.
The old ID card will continue to be used until it expires. Then the bearer will apply for a new ID card.
The dates of issue and expiry of both the ID card and the driving license will be integrated so that their validity starts and expires on the same dates.
  1. Application form.
  2. Birth certificate and a copy of the passport along with the original passport.
  3. Parents ID cards if there is no passport.
  4. Letter from the sheikh or chief of the district approved by the wali if the passport and the parents ID cards are not available.
  5. Medical showing the blood group.
  6. Two (2) personal photographs.
  7. Delivering the present ID card if it has expired.

Article (42) of the Civil Status Law stipulated that any Omani who has attained fifteen (15) years of age should apply for an ID card. This is obligatory for males and optional for females. Every foreigner who is residing in the Sultanate should obtain a Resident card.
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