Birth Registration

Service Description

The Civil Status System includes entering on records the civil event of birth of Omanis in the Sultanate and abroad, and also of foreigners residing in the Sultanate. Reporting has to be within two weeks from the date of birth in the Sultanate and within three (3) months to the Omani Mission if the birth takes place abroad and if the period of stay exceeds than three (3) months.

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.

Required Documents for Omanis

Documents required to register birth for Non-Omanis

Informants

Fees

Death Registration

Service Description

All deaths that occur in the Sultanate and deaths of Omanis that occur abroad are to be reported. Death 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 to be an approbated official document.

Required Documents for Omanis

Required Documents fro Non-Omanis

Informants with legal responsibility to report death are

Authorized People to receive the Death Certificate

Fees

Marriage Registration

Service Description

The Ministry of Justice issues the marriage certificate. The Civil Register includes entering on records the civil event of marriage for Omani nationals and foreigners residing in the Sultanate if one of the parties is an Omani citizen. The event is to be reported within thirty days from the date of marriage.

A marriage certificate is issued by the Ministry of Justice. The civil register includes marriages for Omani citizens and of the expatriates residing in the Sultanate if one party is an Omani. Thus, the registrar must be notified within three days from the date of marriage.

The Ministry of Justice through it notary offices is responsible for notifying marriages to the civil status in order to be registered. As for those who have been married prior to the start of the civil register, or who have been married for along time and their data has been recorded in the civil register, they should notify the registrar by furnishing the requisite documents.

Required Documents sent by the notary offices

Documents required

Informants

Husband, wife, husband’s father or wife’s father.

Divorce Registration

Service Description

A divorce certificate is issued by the Ministry of Justice. The civil register includes divorces involving Omani citizens and of expatriates residing in the Sultanate if one party is an Omani. Divorces should be notified to the registrar within thirty days from the date of divorce.

The Ministry of Justice through it notary offices is responsible for notifying divorces to the civil status in order to be registered. As for those who got divorced before the civil register was being set up or who have been divorced for along time and their data has been recorded in the civil register, they should notify the registrar by furnishing the requisite documents.

Required Documents sent by the notary offices

Documents required to register a divorce personally

Informants

Husband, wife, husband’s father or wife’s father.

OMANI ID CARD

Service Description

An ID card is to be issued for any Omani who is above fifteen (15) years of age. This will be obligatory for males and optional for females as per Article (42) of the Civil Status Law.

The ID card that the General Directorate of Civil Status issues depends on essential standards: technology of electronic transfer of the holder’s fingerprint and storing it on the electronic chip fitted on the card. This electronic chip consists of a micro-computer capable of processing data and storing it. It contains the holder’s photo and his/her fingerprint. It has been introduced by the General Directorate of Civil Status - ROP, to keep abreast of the widely used Information Technology in the developed countries, for its simple use and numerous advantages.

Required Documents to apply for an ID Card

Renewing ID card

Fees

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RESIDENT CARD

Service Description

Every expatriate resident in Oman, working or not working, must be holding a Residence Card. Residence cards are crucial to specify the exact number and the statistics of the expatriates in the Sultanate.

The residence card is issued at the civil status directorates.

Procedures for Getting a Residence Card

Transfer of Sponsorship

Residence Card Fees

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Mobile Unit

Service Description

When it was launched

In 11 April, 2009, the Mobile Registration Units (MRUs) were established. Using modern technology, MRU were added to compliment the network of NRS directorates to provide quick and expeditious service to users living in remote areas. These mobile registration units are compact, highly portable equipments that can be packed into vehicles or even hand carried. It was specially designed to operate in difficult terrain and weather conditions. Most importantly, it is capable of carrying out similar function to those performed in any local registration office.

Goals

Role of MRU in the (Majlis al-Shura) 7th election terms

Another important point is that the MRU also play a role in the Consultative Assembly (Majlis al-Shura) election, where the mobile units are used to install the eVoting application in the Omani ID cards to allow the voters to use their ID cards in the process of election. This service was launched on January 3rd, 2011. These units consist of a laptop, a camera, a signature scanner, fingerprint scanner and an ID card reader. It supports the registration of new voters and the instant installation of an electoral applet and registering the voting location. This promotes transparency in the electoral process. Before, 1 voter could cast multiple votes in different electoral boundaries. With the eVoting application, it enforces the 1-man-1-vote policy. Also, it allows the flexibility of voters’ casting votes in his selected electoral area without having to be physically present. This is extremely important as many people work in the capital but are originally from remote areas.

MRU's importance for NRS

The MRU service is an important component of the National Registration System (NRS). The NRS is primarily for the purpose of establishing the legal documents required by the law. These records are the main source of vital statistics concerning Civil Status. Accuracy and timeliness of civil registration are essential for quality vital statistics and planning. The MRU is vital in ensuring that the objective of the NRS is achieved, especially for remote areas.

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E-Purse

Service Description

The ROP is the authority responsible for the issuing of the National Identity Card. Since every citizen and resident carry the ID card, it will be handy for them to use the same card to do electronic payment. This is possible as the card contained embedded chip which can be used for multiple applications. In 2009, the Royal Oman Police introduced the ePurse scheme through the identity card and residence card issued by the Directorate General of Civil Status. The scheme is a step forward in the payment of government services. More than 3 millions of these cards have been issued which made this project very challenging and ambitious since it should allow the cards, both already issued and those yet to be issued, to implement the ePurse and support the associated services.





What is the ePurse?

The E-Purse allows both citizens and residences to store and top-up money in their National Identity and Residence Cards issued and use them as a mode of payment besides credit and debit cards. This not only helps government departments to collect payment for their services but also allows citizens and residences, who do not carry a debit or credit card, to transact electronically. The launch of this state-of-the-art technology, designed to help those bulky wallets bow out for good, could well mark the beginning of a cashless society in the Sultanate of Oman. Users may top-up value from 5 Omani Rials up to 1000 Omani Rials. Users also do not require a bank account to use this service. Once the ePurse is topped-up with money, it can then be used to make payments at all government offices. Once the money is exhausted, the ePurse can be topped-up again.

What are ePurse objectives?

The main objectives and strategies of the ePurse is to allow both Citizens and the Residences to store /load money in their National ID and Residence Card and use these cards to make electronic payments. Both the National Identity Card and the Residence Card are a mandatory requirement for all citizens and residences of Oman respectively. Thus, even non-banking citizens and residences of Oman, who do not carry debit or credit cards, can pay electronically. This scheme will bring about greater benefits for all government entities that will collect payment for their services using the credit/debit cards and the ePurse application residing in the National Identity and the Residence Cards.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of ePurse are numerous.

  1. It greatly reduces fraud, theft and cash handling costs. It is a highly secured system and provides more choice for customers. The users can pay using their ID cards with anytime, anywhere.
  2. The users do not need to open a bank account or obtain any other bankcard as the existing national identity or residence card will suffice for payments.
  3. There is more privacy and security in financial transactions.
  4. There is no requirement to pay commissions to any other parties as the entire system is managed within the Sultanate of Oman and transactions are not routed through any international payment switches outside the country.
  5. The procedures of revenue monitoring, government taxes and statistical accuracy is easier to compile and track as well as the process of tracing transactions.

How does the e-Purse work?

  1. By activating the chip which is embedded in the national identity card and resident card the e-Purse sets aside a sector where a user may store a certain value of money.
  2. The money is loaded on to the card electronically at the bank when the user hands over the required amount of cash he or she wishes to have loaded.
  3. Once the card is loaded with the money, it can then be used to make payments at all government offices by simply inserting the card into a point of sale terminal and entering a secret pin number whenever required.
  4. Once the value of money is exhausted the e-Purse can be loaded up again. Initially accepted at all government offices, the e-Purse will gradually also be accepted at commercial merchant outlets to offer greater convenience to the public.

Amendment Committee

Functions

Article 40 of the Civil Status Law stipulated :- Without a decision by a committee to be established by the Inspector General’s decision no rectification or alteration whatsoever shall be made to the entries of the Civil Status events which are already registered in the Civil Register. On 24 July 2007, The Inspector General issued Decision no 49/2007 to form this committee as stated in Civil Status Law. The Committee shall act as follows:

Review the rectification of civil status facts

  1. Permanent address
    • Review requests for rectification of the permanent address according to father’s or the husband.
    • Review requests for rectification of the permanent address as requested by the applicant.
  2. Date of Birth
    • Review requests for rectification of Date of Birth according to Birth Certificate.
    • Review requests for rectification of Date of Birth according to the age estimation certificate.
    • Review requests for estimation of age
    • Review requests whenever there is a difference in the date of birth between the passport and the ID card or database
  3. Change of Tripe
    • Review requests from Ministry of Interior for changing/rectifying the tribal names.
    • Review requests for changing/rectifying the tribal names according to the father
  4. Adding Tribe Name
    • Review requests from Ministry of Interior for adding tribal names and titles.
    • Review requests of adding tribal names and titles according to the father.
  5. Change of Names
    • Review requests for changing the first name.
    • Review requests for changing the name of father and grandfather.
    • Review requests for naming newborns.
  6. Issuance of Birth & Death Certificates
    • Review requests of birth and death certificates after more than one year of the event.
    • Review requests of amending Birth Certificates Data.
    • Review requests for certificate of birth or death, which occurred outside health institutions

PROCEDURES

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR