The Ministry of Interior (MOI) announced that the National Address Law (Law No 24 of 2017) will soon introduce procedural and operational steps to complete its full implementation. This is part of the strategic development of E-government, the completion of the legislative structure for government electronic transactions, and the transition from descriptive address to a digital address system.
Lieutenant Colonel Dr Abdullah Zayed Al Sahli, Head of the National Address Section at Public Security, said that MOI has been working to complete the infrastructure to implement the National Address Law and begin the process of registering data for citizens and residents through the Metrash2 app or through any of the MOI’s service centres. An office will be allocated to receive citizens and residents to facilitate the process of registration. The National Address Section will be based at the Onaizah Service Center.
Al Sahli said that the registration procedures are easy and simple, and may be done either through Metrash2 or through any MOI service centres.
Every natural or legal person in Qatar, whether citizen or expatriate or their legal representative, has to register their data in a simple form – including the address of residence, fixed telephone number, mobile number, email, employer address for government and private sector employees, and permanent address abroad, if any. He said that guardians of minor children have to also register their data also. The guardians will be legally responsible for the validity of this data.
He stressed that if any person, whether a citizen or resident, fails to register his/her data within six months from the date of the commencement of the official registration process, he/she will be punishable under article 6 of the National Address Act. This constitutes a fine not exceeding QAR10,000 for anyone who violates any of the provisions of articles (3) and (4) of this Act, or knowingly provides the competent authority of incorrect data about their national address.
In the event of a change in the national address data of any person, data should be modified through Metrash2 or at any MOI services centres. Article 4 of the Act stipulates that the competent authority shall be notified of any amendment or change to the data of one’s national address and shall be updated in the manner and on the dates issued by the Minister. If the assigned person does not notify the competent authority of the change in data or update it during the scheduled dates, his/her declaration or notification shall be deemed to be valid and productive for all its legal effects. The judicial declarations and official notifications made will be valid and productive for all their legal effects, as provided for in article 5 of the Act.
Lieutenant Colonel Al Sahli stressed that the aim of the national address is to ensure access to the persons concerned in issues related to personal interests and the public interest, and to serve all citizens and residents in their dealings with various governmental and non-governmental bodies without the need for traditional paper correspondence.
This law is a qualitative leap in the conduct of judicial procedures, where each person in the State of Qatar – citizen or naturalised or legal resident -will have a national address.
He urged all Qatari and non-Qatari individuals, institutions and companies to register their national address data as soon as the MOI announced the opening of registration. Failure to register would result in specific consequences and penalties under the law.
Visit the MOI website at portal.moi.gov.qa for updates and more information.