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How to Get Your Turkish Criminal Record

Ken Grubb

This article is about how to get your Turkish criminal record check, in person, from the government of Turkey. To learn how to get your criminal record from the online government services portal, e-Devlet, see: e-Devlet, Turkey's Government Website: How to Join and Use it. To learn how to get your criminal record from your home country, see: How to Get a Foreign Criminal Record from Turkey.

You may be asked to provide a criminal record while applying for your residence permit or getting a driving license, among other reasons. The document you need is usually called an adlı sicil belgesi, (criminal record document), but might also be called a ceza çek or polis suç raporu. The criminal record check, when provided in an application package, must be less than six months old.

Where to Get Your Criminal Record

Criminal records are kept by the adlı sicil birimi, (criminal records unit) which can be found at any kaymakamlık (district governor's office) or Cumhurriyet Başsavcılık (chief prosecutor's office) which is always located inside an adliye (courthouse).

You can find your local kaymakamlık or adliye by searching Google (or Google Maps) using your district name and one of the above keywords or phrases.

No appointment is required. Just walk in, show your residence permit, pay the fee at the cashier, then return and pick it up.

Getting Your Criminal Record from e-Devlet

If you'll be using your criminal record in Turkey, you can also download it from e-Devlet, Turkey's government website. If you'll be giving your criminal record to your home country's embassy or consulate, you must get it from the prosecutor's office.

Learn how to download your criminal history from e-Devlet.

Assistance and Support

Turkey Central Forums: Do you have a question? Search our forums to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic.

Ken Grubb, author.

As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.


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