The religion section on all identity cards will be left blank for those who wish according to the new Registration Services Act.
This new development for Turkish ID cards will change the lives of Turkish national in a revolutionary way. The act has been passed and published in the Official Newspaper and whether any religious affiliation appears or not on identity cards is now completely optional. Another development in the ID revolution is that any child born outside of marriage will carry the name of their father. Anyone aged 18 or over will be able to change the ‘religion’ section on their cards.
It is now imperative that identity numbers appear on passports and driving licences. In order to avoid false marriages, mukhtar’s will no longer have the authority to wed people of foreign nationality.
Third parties cannot be given registration information
It is now forbidden to pass on any information about the idenetity card holder to a third party, in order to protect privacy of individuals.