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​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. ​
  1. Efficient use of resources. 
  2. Compilation of reliable and up to date statistics related to the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of the population based on address information. 
  3. Address and biographical data monitoring from a single centre. 
  4. Abolishment of the necessity to stay at home during population censuses. 
  5. Prevention of economic losses due to address confusion caused by incorrect maintenance of address records, incorrect address notifications, information overload or frequent change of address components. 
  6. Abolishment of the additional cost incurred when setting up and updating electoral lists. 
  7. Ensuring that tax revenues are enhanced by preventing revenue loses and tax evasions stemming from failure or late delivery of communications to the relevant persons due to incorrect address information. 
  8. The electronically maintained UAVT (National Address Database) will constitute the backbone of the city information systems. 
  9. Prevention of losses and leakages during the planning and implementation of public investment using real data. 
  10. Efficient and effective provision of public services. 
  11. Ensuring more integrated e-Government infrastructure. 
  12. More efficient operation of public audit mechanisms. 

Address is a geographical location of a piece of land or a building defined by components such as province, district, quarter, road, street name and house number. 

Address Component 
Address components are geographical elements used for the description of an address. 
Address components mean information necessary to access an address such as: 
  • Post codes, 
  • Province, district and village names, 
  • Quarter, square, boulevard, road and street names, 
  • Permanent identification numbers 
  • House numbers. 
Domicile Address 
  • In practice, domicile address is also used as a residence address. 
  • ​The place of domicile of a person is the place where that person intends to take permanent abode. 
  • A person may not have more than one place of domicile. 
Other Address 
  • The other addresses of a person are: 
    • Temporary places of residence such as summer houses, winter houses, and second or third houses. 
    • Places of temporary abode such as places of military service, boarding schools, correction houses, reformatories, hospitals, prisons, student dormitories and nursing homes. 
    • Shelters such as caravans, tents, prefabricated houses, sports centres, halls of residence, nursing homes, social and training facilities used as a result of natural disasters. 
    • Children and women shelters and addresses of persons under protection. 
  • The other address of the person may be kept in the system alongside with the domicile address, subject to the request by the person. 
  • The other address may be registered subject to prior domicile address registration. 
  • ​Lack of other address of a person in the Identity Information Sharing System (KPS) shall not hinder the provision of services to that address by the agencies. ​
  1. ​Principles and terms related to address 
  2. A person shall have only one place of domicile. 
  3. Persons shall be under the obligation of notifying changes of domicile address. 
  4. Places of residence other than the place of domicile such as summer houses, winter houses, second or third houses shall be entered as other addresses. 
  5. Persons shall not be under the obligation of notifying their other addresses. 
  6. Failure to notify another address shall not hinder the provision of services to that address. 
  7. Persons shall not be under the obligation of notifying changes occurring in address components. Such changes shall be made by municipalities and special provincial administrations. 
  8. Persons and agencies responsible for notifying change of address shall be under the obligation of making notifications within the periods specified in the Law. 
  9. Agencies shall be under the obligation of complying with the address standard when carrying out acts and procedures involving address information. 
  10. Agencies shall use address information stored in the National Address Database (UAVT) at the General Directorate when carrying out their acts and procedures. 
  11. Agencies shall be under the obligation of sharing with the General Directorate the information they posses related to address and address components. 
  12. The General Directorate shall be responsible for the up to date maintenance of the National Address Database in electronic form, together with its back up systems, and ensure its continuity. 
  13. Persons may also be able to make address change notifications using digital signatures. 
  14. The domicile address of minor persons shall be the domicile address of their parents. In cases where the parents do not have a common domicile address, the domicile address of the child shall be the domicile address of the parent holding the custody of the child. In other cases, the place of residence of the child shall be deemed as its place of domicile. 
  15. The place of domicile of persons under guardianship shall be the place of the authority holding the guardianship. 
  16. In cases of temporary lodgings at places such as student dormitories and hostels the place of domicile shall be that of the parents.
  17. Address change notifications shall be made within 20 working days to the civil registration offices, the representations abroad or to the agencies providing address-based services. 
  18. Address change notifications shall be communicated within 10 working days to the civil registration offices or the General Directorate by the agencies providing address-based services. 
  19. Notified addresses shall be entered based on the TR Identity Number. 
  20. The notified address must match with the address components kept in the National Address Database. 
  21. Muhtar offices may issue domicile and other address certificates provided that they have adequate infrastructure and KPS connection. 
  22. The domicile address information of nationals settled abroad shall be maintained on a country and city basis. 
  23. Municipalities/Special provincial administrations shall issue Building Licence Forms, Building Usage Permission Documents, and Burned and Demolished Buildings Forms only after their entry in the UAVT. 
  24. Members of a family at the age of majority who reside at the same domicile address may make address notification on behalf of each other. 
  25. The new domicile address of persons who reside in places for the purpose of education or in health, care establishments or prisons shall be their previous address of domicile. 
  26. Requests for entry of administrative unit modifications sent by the General Directorate of Local Administrations and General Directorate of Provincial Administrations into the UAVT shall be processed by the General Directorate. 
  27. The Ministry shall be empowered to request from the agencies any address related information. Agencies shall be under the obligation of replying within days to the request in question. 
  28. Foreigners settled in Turkey shall be under the obligation of notifying within 20 working days their address and address changes to the civil registration office. 
  29. Managers of apartments and residential complexes and owners of detached houses shall notify to the muhtar office using Form C the persons who have moved in or out of their areas of responsibility. 
  30. Muhtars shall be under the obligation of examining the notification of change of domicile address lists (Form D) communicated to them, and compare these lists with the changes of domicile address under their area of responsibility, and notify the civil registration office of that district the changes that had not been notified. 
  31. Muhtars shall communicate to the relevant civil registration office with Form D, during the last week of every month, the changes that have been determined by them or notified to them with Form C by the managers. 
  32. Address related notifications of destitute persons unable to make notifications due to reasons such as disability, old age or illness and who do not have any relatives to make notifications on their behalf shall be made by the muhtars. 
  33. Agencies may obtain notification of address forms complying with the standard specified by the Ministry from private companies or print them out themselves. 
  34. Notifications made with forms that do not comply with the standard set out by the Ministry shall not be processed. 
  35. The Ministry shall be empowered to prepare, put into effect or abolish, and modify all kinds of printed materials and forms to be used for the maintenance of address information. 
  36. Notification of address forms can be obtained from the website of the General Directorate, civil registration offices, agencies providing address-based services, muhtar offices, representations abroad and private companies. 
  37. Notifications may be made to the civil registration offices, agencies providing address-based services, representations abroad and the General Directorate. 
  38. Turkish nationals settled in Turkey may notify changes of domicile address in person at the civil registration office at the place of domicile as well as any at any other civil registration offices. 
  39. Address notifications may be made in person, by mail or using digital signatures. 
  40. Persons shall be issued with a document certifying the receipt of the address notification form by the relevant agency providing address-based services. 
  41. Agencies accessing the UAVT shall notify to the provincial special administrations and civil registration offices the deficiencies and errors determined by them. 
  42. The domicile and other address certificate may be issued by the civil registration offices, representations abroad and by the muhtar offices connected to KPS (Identity Information Sharing System). 
  43. The validity of the domicile and other address certificate shall be 30 days. 
  44. The other address shall not be registered unless the domicile address had been notified and registered. 
  45. Notifications by regular mail shall not be processed. 
  46. Notification of address forms shall be signed by the notifying party. 
  47. The form shall not be processed if the information it contains is incomplete, unreadable or if the form has not been signed. 
  48. Address change notifications shall be made with forms specified by the Ministry. 
  49. Agencies accessing the KPS shall not request from the persons further domicile and other address certificate. 
  50. Address information kept in the KPS database shall be shared with other agencies subject to signing access protocols. 
  51. Agencies shall not use the retrieved information for purposes other than the provision of the specified services. 
  52. The Ministry may open address information stored in the KPS database for the use of other agencies in accordance to principles and procedures specified in the legislation. 
  53. Domicile and other address information of Turkish nationals and foreigners shall be maintained in electronic form. 
  54. The right to privacy shall be respected when operating or making use of the Address Registration System. 
  55. Provision of domicile and other address information shall be subject to the consent of the person. 
  56. The Ministry, the agencies and the subject of the record shall be entitled to obtain address information. 
  57. Third parties may be entitled to make address notifications and obtain address information subject to a letter of attorney issued by a notary public. 
  58. Persons who fail to fulfil their address notification obligation shall be subjected to penalty. 
  59. The General Directorate shall delete address components entered in UAVT that are not existent on the ground. 
  60. The day subsequent to the date when the change of domicile and other address has occurred shall be taken into account as the start date in the calculation of periods. 
  61. The access rights of the agencies accessing the UAVT shall be limited to their areas of responsibility. 
  62. In cases of change of the responsibility boundaries, the access rights shall be revised by the Ministry.​
​Persons are requested to make address change notifications in writing. Such notifications shall be made in person within 20 working days to: 
  • District civil registration offices 
  • Representations abroad 
  • Agencies providing address-based services. 
Notifications may be made by mail (cargo or registered mail) or electronically. 
(Agencies providing address-based services shall communicate within 10 working days the notifications made to them to the District Civil Registration Office where they operate.) 

Entry o​f Other Addresses into the System 
Other address notifications shall be made by handing out the completed notification of change of address form to the relevant offices. 
Places of temporary abode, other than the place of domicile, such as summer houses, winter houses, and second and third houses shall be classed as other addresses and their notifications shall be subject to the request of the person. 
In addition, lack of other address of a person in the Identity Information Sharing System (KPS) shall not hinder the provision of services to that address by the agencies. 

​In order to speed up the address notification process, please fill in the Notification of Change of Address Form, by clicking on the link below, and hand out the completed form to the nearest civil registration office. 
  • MUHTAR OFFICES (Village and Administrative Quarter Units) 
  • PUBLIC UTILITIES (such as Electric and Water Supply Agencies) 
  • MANAGERS (Apartments, Residential Complexes and Public Housing) 

​The Law stipulates that muhtars of villages and administrative quarters who issue false domicile and other address certificates and those who whatever reason make a false notification to a civil registration office and those who testify to this effect shall be subjected to imprisonment of 6 months to 4 years. 

Persons who fail to fulfil their duties to notify an address, and those who make a false notification shall be subjected to fines of 250 TL and 500 TL respectively. ​