Turkish authorities have started issuing new biometric identity cards (Kimlik). Province Kirikkale has been selected as a test area for the program of updating of the documents.
One of the first, who received new Kimlik, became governor of Kirikkale, he filed an application on March 14 and took his new identity card 8 days later. New ID cards, containing electronic chips, will replace the old version of the paper Kimlik, which are larger and contain only the printed information on them.
New biometric identity cards put an end to the existing system of multi-colored Kilmlik (pink for women, blue for men), which the Turks have been using for almost 40 years.
The electronic chips in the new ID card can hold up to 1 GB of data, which will contain the fingerprints and palm prints of the owner, as well as other personal information. New plastic Kimlik is valid for a 10-year period.