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Meriam Jelliti
Members of the public – Qataris and non-Qataris – who fail to register their National Address data before the six-month deadline that expires on July 26 will face a fine up to QR10,000. People deliberately providing incorrect data will also be penalised.
This was disclosed during an introductory seminar on National Address organised by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) at the General Directorate of Traffic on Monday.
The MoI has urged the public, including nationals and residents as well as institutions and companies, to register their National Address data before the six month period granted by the law ends.
Head of National Address section Lt Col Abdullah Zayed al Sahli said the National Address Law came within the framework of the strategic development of e-governance and the completion of the legislative structure necessary for e-government transactions and the transition from the descriptive address to the digital address.
He said the registration is possible through Metrash2 application or the website of the Ministry of Interior or at any of the MoI service centres. A special office has been designated to receive citizens and residents, elderly and people with special needs to facilitate registering their national address at all centres.
The registration procedures are simple whereby every natural or legal person, whether a citizen or an expatriate or whoever legally takes his/her place, registers data in the given form, he noted.
The required data includes residence address, fixed and mobile phone numbers, e-mail, electricity number, address of the company for government and private sector employees and permanent address abroad, if any.
More than 234,000 people have registered their National Address during the first week, he said, adding that 227,000 of them used Metrash2 for the same.
Registering for the National Address is highly important as it helps identifying addresses of individuals and organisations to access services in the completion of personal transactions with ease, delivery of judicial declarations and government notifications, quick completion of transactions in a precise manner, and a delivery of postal materials and government or commercial correspondence to any address within Qatar.
Captain Muhammad Ali al Kuwari, officer at the General Directorate of Information Systems, said the ministry has provided a hotline number – 2342000 – to respond to public inquiries about everything related to the national address or any problem facing during the registration process.
Major Khamis Saad al Muhannadi of Nationality and Travel Documents Department said the father should register for himself and children under 18 years of age will be automatically updated. Children above 18 years and wife must register themselves in person. In case if spouses are separated and children are in mother’s custody then she has to register the data of the children on her national address via electronic registration or at any of the service centres.
In the event of a change in the national address data for any person, he said the new data must be modified via Metrash2 or any of the Ministry of Interior service centres.
Article 4 of the law stipulates that the competent person must inform the competent authority of any amendment or change in the data of his/her national address and update it. If he/she does not notify the competent authority of the amendment or change that occurred in the data of his/her national address or update it within the prescribed dates, his/her declaration on the national address given at the competent authority is considered correct and productive for all its legal effects.
Captain Mohamed Hassan al Haydus from Unified Services Department said the six-month deadline set by law is for registering for the first time, while the process of updating data is always available through any of the means of registration.
The children who reach the legal age of 18 years must register their national address within two months of reaching the age, he added.
He emphasised the importance of the national address is to facilitate the service of all citizens and residents in their dealings with various governmental and non-governmental agencies, without the need for traditional paper correspondence.
He said the MoI has provided a service to companies that have large number of employees that cannot register online. Such companies can approach the headquarters of the Unified Services Department in Mesaimeer through their PROs and register the data of workers in forms prepared for that. The department will send a team to the company’s headquarters to complete the registration process electronically.
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