The Address Registration System, abbreviated AKS in Turkish, is a centrally administered system established by the Civil Registration Services Law No 5490 where up to date domicile and other address information of Turkish nationals and foreigners domiciled in Turkey is maintained electronically.
The system is integrated with the Central Civil Registration System (MERNIS) where records such as the “Name, Surname, Mother’s and Father’s Name, Place of Birth and Information on Civil Status Events” related to the identity of the person are stored and accessed using the Turkish Republic Identity Number (TR Identity Number).
In this scope, a national address database was established using a standard address form set out by the municipalities and provincial special administrations, following which the address data held on this database was matched with the corresponding personal data using the TR Identity Numbers.
The system aims to reduce costs and provide faster and more efficient public services, and therefore reduce bureaucratic problems faced by the users of the services.
Pursuant to the provision contained in the Turkish Civil Code stating that “change of a domicile address is subject to the acquirement of another one”, the previous address of the person entered in the AKS is automatically deleted and archived following the declaration of a new domicile address.
As stated above, declaration by the person is sufficient for the entry of the new addresses into the system. However, in cases of “a suspicious declaration”, civil registration officials have the power to instigate enquiry and file criminal complaint with the judicial authorities for the imposition of imprisonment and cash fines set out in the Civil Registration Services Law.