If you move from one place of residence to another in Turkey, whether it's to another apartment in the same building or another province, you must report the change to the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM), within 20 business days.
An immigration officer will update your address in Turkey's national Adres Kayıt Systemi (Address Registration System).
If you don't report your change of address within 20 days, you'll be subject to a fine. The procedure you use to report your address change depends on whether you move within the same province or to another province.
Moving to an Address Within the Same Province
If you move from one place to another in the same province, the process is easy. Take a utility bill, with your name and your new address on it, to the DGMM office which services the place you've moved to. According to a conversation I had with a DGMM immigration officer (Antalya), this is all that's needed, since a utility bill with your name and address on it is the best proof of address.
But just in case you need it, take your new kira sözleşmesi (rental contract) or tapu (property title deed) and a regular copy of it with you since they might want to see it.
There's no need to make an appointment. They'll update your address in the Address Registration System on the spot.
Moving to an Address in a Different Province
If you move to another province, say, from Antalya province to Izmir province, the process is different.
You must apply online, again, for a new residence permit. It will be a first-time application, not an extension, unless you're within 60 days of your current residence permit's expiration (see below).
As you're completing the online application, provide your new address (and province) details. This tentatively reports your new address.
At the end of the online application process, the system will give you an appointment date and time at the DGMM office responsible for the place where you'll be living.
At the appointment, provide proof of your new address to the immigration officer who's handling your application, and they'll update your address in the Address Registration System.
To learn more about proving your address, see:
- Proof of address if you're a property owner
- Proof of address if you're renting
- Proof of address if you're the spouse of an owner or renter
- Proof of address if you're living with a friend
- Proof of address if you're staying at a hotel
- Proof of address if you're a student
After your appointment, they'll print a new residence permit card and send it to you, at your new address, by registered mail. On the back of your new residence permit, the province will have changed from your old one to the one you've moved to.
If You're Within 60 Days of Residence Permit's Expiration
If you're moving from one province to another and are within 60 days of the expiration of your current residence permit, you can extend it as you normally would. In the online application system, it will be a regular extension and not a first-time application. While you're extending your residence permit, you can change your address to your new address in the new province.
When you go to your appointment, provide your proof of address, and the immigration official will update your address in the central address registration system. They'll print your new card and send it to you at your new address by registered mail.
There's No Need to Report Your New Address to the Nüfus
During your appointment, the DGMM official will update your address in the central address registration system. So you won't have to go separately go to the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, or Nüfus).
If You Have A Pending Residence Permit Application
If you've applied online for a residence permit and are waiting for your appointment, DO NOT change your address. If you go to your appointment with an address different from the one you had when you made the online application, they'll cancel your application.
Assistance and Support
Residence Permit Application Assistance: With this service, a representative of Mertsel Insurance completes your online application and gets an appointment for you within 24 hours. They help you get the documents you need for your application package, and also provide insurance policies for residence permits.
Foreigner Communications Center Help Line: The DGMM also has a helpline you can call with any questions you might have. Just call 157 from any telephone in Turkey. If you're outside of Turkey, you can call it at +90 312 157 1122. Be sure to have your passport, application number, and your visa information ready.
Turkey Central Residence Permit Forums: Do you have a question? Search our residence permit forum to see if your question has already been asked and answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic.