Everyone who lives in Turkey, whether they're a Turkish citizen or a foreign resident, is assigned a kimlik numarası (identity number). Foreign residents have a number identifying them as a foreigner. It's called a yabancı kimlik numarası (Foreigner Identification Number, or YKN).
What is a Foreigner Identification Number?
A foreigner identification number is an eleven-digit number beginning with 99. It's issued during the residence permit application process and printed on the front of the residence permit or work permit. Once received, a foreigner can use this number in place of their tax number.
How Can I Get a Foreigner Identification Number?
You must apply for a residence permit to get a foreigner identification number. Before you can do that, you'll have to get a tax number so you can pay the fees for your residence permit. So let's cover the tax number first, then the foreigner identification number.
How to Get Your Tax Number
After going through the online residence permit application process, you'll download and print your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). On the first page of that form will be the fees you have to pay before or when you go to your residence permit application appointment. You'll need a tax number to pay those fees.
To get your tax number, go to any tax office with your passport and a copy of your passport's photo and identity information pages. You can get your tax number on the spot, for free. Once you have your tax number, you can pay your residence permit fees.
During your residence permit application appointment at the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office), you'll provide your residence permit application package and the receipts for paying the fees.
Learn more about how to get your tax number.
Getting Your Foreigner Identification Number
After your residence permit application is approved, your residence permit card will be sent to you by registered mail. Your foreigner identification number will be printed on the front of the card.
What You Can Do with a Tax Number
With your tax number, you can rent an apartment, buy a property, and set up utilities including gas, electricity, or water. But you can't set up a home telephone or internet account.
What You Can Do with a Foreigner Identification Number
Your foreigner identification number will enable you to set up your telephone and internet accounts. You can use it in place of your tax number for all government, business, and financial transactions, and to join e-Devlet, Turkey's government portal.
Learn more about e-Devlet, and how to join and use it.
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