Turkish identity card

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The Turkish identity card (Turkish: Nüfus Cüzdanı) is issued to every Turkish citizens from birth.

This card includes 11-digit Turkish identification number, and it can be used as a travel document when visiting Georgia and Northern Cyprus.

History[edit]

Identity cards, theoretically obligatory for all citizens, male and female, existed already in the late Ottoman Empire. They were known in Turkish as nüfus tezkeresi.[1] To the Slavic (Macedonian, in modern terms) subjects of the Ottoman state they were known colloquially as nofuz (Macedonian or Bulgarian: нофуз).[2]

New identity cards[edit]

Ministry of Interior of Turkey is still working for release a new kind identity cards for all Turkish citizens. New identity cards will be biometric as well as passport, and can be used as bank card, bus ticket or at international trips.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Gratien, Ottoman Identity Card; includes images of the cards
  2. ^ Kunchov, Vasil (1900), Makedonii͡a, Sofia: Bulgarskoto Knizhevno Druzhestvo, p. 135  (Bulgarian)