In the past decade, Turkey has digitized many of its government-related bureaucratic procedures. Civil procedures, including address registration, have also enjoyed the benefits of this transformation. And in 2006, with the Law on Population Services, Turkey introduced the Address-Based Population Registration System (Adrese Dayalı Nüfus Kayıt Sistemi), and nowadays it is known as the Population Registration System (Adres Kayıt Sistemi) or AKS for short.

This central registering system keeps up-to-date electronic records of the address information of both Turks and foreigners domiciled in Turkey.

The relevant law states that foreigners who arrive in Turkey with residence and work permits shall register in the Turkish address registration system within 20 working days of their date of entry. The exact time limit is also applied to address changes, where you are obliged to report such changes to the civil registry or provincial migration authorities as soon as possible.

If you do not report a change of address in due time, you will face an administrative fine of TL 94.

When applying for a family residence permit, registration in the AKS is also a prerequisite.

Why Register Your Address in Turkey?

Any foreigner who intends to stay in Turkey for longer than 6 months must register their address in Turkey.

And there are several reasons why you will need to register your address in the electronic AKS system eventually.

The following procedures and transactions require you to register your address within AKS:

  • Renewing your residence permit,
  • Renewing the residence permits of your dependents,
  • Writing for a gas/water/electric supplier when you are a tenant (to get invoiced for utilities),
  • Opening a bank account,
  • Getting married,
  • Getting a birth or death certificate,
  • And similar bureaucratic procedures.

How to Register Your Address

There are some steps you need to follow to complete your address registration process in Turkey.

To register your address, you will first need a foreign national identification (ID) number, which starts with 99. To get a foreign ID, you will need to have received your residence permit card first. Then you should book an online appointment.

When applying for a residence permit extension in Aydn, zmir, or Kocaeli, foreigners must complete the address registration process within the active residence permit period and prior to the appointment date in order to be considered for the extension.

Applications of foreigners who do not complete the registration process in due time can be evaluated negatively.

You can have your address registration process carried out:

  • Aydın province; at the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management
  • İzmir province; at the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management
  • Kocaeli province; at the District Population Directorates where the address is located.
  • Istanbul province; at the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management
  • and Sanliurfa province; at the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management

Getting an Appointment

Although the Nüfus online appointment system used to only accept the ID numbers of Turkish citizens, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, foreigners can now also use it with their issued ID numbers. You will be asked to select your purpose of visit/reason for inquiry and fill in your contact information on the online portal to book your appointment and or find the closest location to you.

After you arrive at the office on your appointment date and time, you will be asked to take a number from the kiosk and wait for a little.

Before your appointment, you will have to collect some documents to submit to the government.

The Documents You Will Need for Your Address Registration Appointment

  • Your residence permit card
  • Your passport and a photocopy of the page with your name and photo
  • Your housing document* (could be a rental contract, utility bill, or your title deed)

If you have kids, you will need to go to the civil registry with your spouse, but you do not have to have them accompany you, but make sure to bring their documents.

When applying to register the address of your dependents and kids, in addition to the documents mentioned above, you'll be asked to submit the residence permit cards of your dependents, as well as apostilled, translated, and notarized marriage and birth certificates.

*If you are a student, you can inquire at your university's dorm and housing directorate to receive a document evidencing your stay. This residency document must be in Turkish. If you have housemates or flatmates, the papers should also detail their names.

If you are renting, your rental contract and a utility bill in your name will suffice.

**Make sure that your address is explicitly written on the document you will submit.

After collecting these documents, you can visit the related government office to submit them and register. You will hear Turks referring to this as going to the "Nüfus."

Depending on the city and district you live in, you will either be asked to submit the documents to the provincial Immigration Department or the district's Civil Registry Office (Nüfus Müdürlüğü).

What Is Nüfus, and What Else Can You Do There?

The "Nüfus" or Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs) is the government office responsible for issuing and keeping the records of all Turkish citizens' identification cards, birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates as well as driver's licenses.

Every district in the 81 provinces of Turkey has a Nüfus office. You can see the list of these offices here.

For citizenship, including applying for Turkish citizenship, you will have to go to the Nüfus.

You will also be asked to go to the Nüfus to register your address when you want to renew your DASK or Compulsory Earthquake Insurance.

*If you need help reaching the population directorate or have questions, you can call their helpline 199.

Getting a Copy of Your Address Registration Certificate

You can obtain this certificate (Yerleşim Yeri (İkametgah) ve Diğer Adres Belgesi Sorgulama) via e-Devlet (e-Government), Turkey's digital state service platform, after successfully registering your address. This will save time and effort when asked for copies of your address registration certificate for other bureaucratic procedures.

How Can I Check If I Am Registered in the Address Registration System in Turkey?

By using the search engine on this portal to look up your address, you can determine whether or not you are already registered in the AKS database.

What If My Address Registered in AKS Is Wrong?

You can also utilize this service to double-check that your address has been correctly entered into the system. It is necessary to go to your Nüfus Müdürlüü to get your address altered if you discover that your actual address and the address stated in AKS do not match. This will save you from encountering complications later on.

It is possible that you will be subject to an administrative fine of TL 1,963 if you report a false address.

What if Someone Is Already Registered at the Address?

The owner or the agent will be required to accompany the foreigner to the immigration authorities and make a statement as well as sign a declaration if someone has been registered at the address in question.