Cypriot identity card

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The front and reverse of a Cypriot identity card

National ID Card of Cyprus[edit]

The Cypriot identity card is issued to Cypriot citizens. It can be used as a travel document when visiting countries in the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland.

An ordinary Cypriot Identity Card is light blue, with the Cypriot coat of arms situated in the center of the front and the back cover. The name of the Repblic of Cyprus printed in 3 languages (Greek: Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία) [cipɾiaˈci ðimokɾaˈti.a] Kypriakī́ Dīmokratía; (Turkish: Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti) [ˈkɯbɾɯs d͡ʒumhuɾijeˈti]) and (English: Republic of Cyprus) appear on the front cover. The Identity Card is valid for 10 years from the time of issue. The context is printed in Greek, Turkish and English languages.

Identity information page

Cypriot National Identity Card includes the following data:


  • Photo of ID card Holder(1)
  • ID Card Number(2)
  • Given Names (3)
  • Surname(3)


  • Sex (4)
  • Date of Birth(5)
  • Place of Birth(6)
  • Nationality(7)
  • Father's name(8)
  • Mother's name(9)
  • Mother's Maiden name(10)
  • Date of Issue (11)
  • Date of Expiry(12)

The acquisition and possession of Civil Identity Card is compulsory for any eligible person who has completed twelve years of age.

National Alien's ID Card of Cyprus[edit]

The Cypriot Alien's identity card used to be issued to citizens of other EU member states of nationals of third countries, who at the time of application were legal residents of the Republic. It is still practically used in Cyprus for personal identification; however it cannot be used as a travel document. The latest is the main reason the Government of Cyprus stopped issuing such Identity Cards to foreigners in April, 2011 as holders of such IDs were under an impression that as legal residents of a European member country, they could use their IDs to travel within the EU.

Civil Registry and Migration Department announced in 2011 that the Ministry of Interior was at that time looking at introducing a new type of card to replace the troublesome non-national Cyprus ID card. It will be called a residence card and will look similar to an ID card

ID Cards of citizens of North Cyprus[edit]

National ID Card of North Cyprus

ID Cards of North Cyprus are issued to citizens of self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, which is recognized only by Republic of Turkey. Citizens of Northern Cyprus are persons granted citizenship by the Government of Northern Cyprus, which was established as a result of occupation of Cyprus by Turkey in 1974, the cause of which had divided the Greek and Turkish communities of the island dating to the year of 1963.

As a result of its unrecognized status by most National Governments, holders of North Cypriot ID Cards or passports do not have the right of free movement. These IDs can be used as travel documents when entering Turkey or the South Cyprus through official check points.

It is important to note that every Turkish Cypriot is entitled to citizenship of Republic of Turkey, however many Turkish Cypriots who are born in Cyprus and can trace their Cypriot and legal residence before the partition can apply and receive a Cypriot passport from the recognized Republic of Cyprus.

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