Cyprus, Nicosia

Why do you need a certificate from the muhtar, who is it and where to find him?

Updated: 3 months ago

When applying for residence in Northern Cyprus or for opening a local bank account, it is necessary to obtain a residence certificate. Essentially, it is the equivalent of our registration. This certificate can be obtained from the corresponding municipality in which you live, the local elder, or as they call him here - the muhtar. Each district has its own muhtar. As practice shows, many Russians have difficulty finding the muhtar of their district.
A list of muhtars for all territories is provided on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic

Note that the information on the website is not updated as often as we would like and may not always be up-to-date.

To obtain a certificate from the muhtar, you will need:

  • passport
  • rental agreement or document confirming the right of property ownership: purchase and sale agreement or property right document. The lease or purchase and sale agreement must be registered with the TRNC tax inspection.

It should be noted that recently some muhtars charged a symbolic fee for issuing a certificate. Usually, it is about 100 liras, but its cost may vary depending on the territory of residence.

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