The Criminal Evidences and Information Department (CEID), processes finger prints for all of those in Qatar who are on personal, employer or government sponsorship
The CEID comes under the framework of the Ministry of Interior (MOI), whose aim is to deliver all of its services to the people who live in Qatar by providing easy access to its services and simplified procedures that take less time to complete.
Finger printing is a vital technique used in most of the countries in the world to identify and verify the identity of an individual. Finger prints have been considered to be practically and scientifically proven to be authentic and the evidence that is derivated from it has been deemed decisive proof, especially since it is impossible for two individuals to have the same finger prints.
Finger printing in Qatar is a pre-requisite for the Qatar residence permit. Finger printing are also a requirement for family members who wish to extend their family visits.
To ensure the finger printing procedure is smooth and swift, th e finger printing department at the CEID and the service centres around Qatar have dedicated spaces which are equipped with stat e-of-the-art facilities. These facilities are connected to the department database, which includes over 5 million finger prints, along with a direct link to the General Directorate of Border Passports and Expatriates Affairs, so all the services are easy and more organised for the public.
There are a large number electronic ink-free decimal finger printing devices to provide ease of access to the public. Qualified staff are also available, and many of them can speak more than one language making it easier to facilitate those who don’t speak Arabic or English.
The following is a list of all the documents required for getting your finger prints done in Qatar:
Today, about 2,000 - 2,000 finger prints are taken on an almost daily basis, which are then transferred to the Passports Department before they are stored on the database as a proof of identity.
The finger printing procedure is simple and fast. It usually takes just between 5 – 10 minutes.
All big organisations’ public relations officers (PROs) must call the CEID and make a prior appointment for finger printing of their employees. This is done so the employees don’t have to spend too much time at the department or service centre and will help avoid crowding at these facilities. For this purpose, three specific days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) have been appointed.
Companies that don’t have a lot of employees can send these employees with the PRO without making a prior appointment. For this purpose, two specific days (Sunday and Monday) have been appointed.
In most cases the public relations officer (PRO) of the employer will go with you to the fingerprinting service centre with the filled out finger printing form and attach all the required documents along with a passport size photograph.
If you need finger prints for other purposes like police clearance certificates, etc. then the procedure is the same as above. The only difference is that you won’t need the PRO to go with you.
The CEID Headquarter located just after the industrial area flyover on Salwa Road caters to the finger printing needs of VIPs, Qatari ID card and for expatriates on personal sponsorship or sponsored by government authorities.
Timings: 6 am - 6 pm
E-mail: [email protected]
The services centers provide other Ministry of Interior services under one roof. These include finger printing, passports and traffic-related procedures. This has saved the hassle of the locals and the expats from going to the related departments headquarters and now they can use these service centres to complete all necessary procedures and transactions.
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