Over 71,000 people benefit from Turkey’s e-note system

More than 71,000 people have benefited from the e-notary service since its launch by the Ministry of Justice as part of its digital justice transformation program.

It has brought notarial work into the digital age, helping citizens receive services online without having to visit a notary office.

The online system supports most of the services offered by a physical office, including contract signing, power of attorney services, vehicle sales, ownership issues, and stock transfer agreements.

Some 71,076 people have benefited from the e-notary application to date.

Besides digital transformation, the ministry also established new notary offices in 78 districts of 45 provinces last month.

The decision was taken with the aim of allowing citizens to access notarial services on site, easily and quickly. Currently, there is no district in Turkey that does not have a notary public.

In addition, public notaries can now process transactions for the purchase and sale of real estate after a law published in the Official Gazette on June 28.

They will be able to draw up a preliminary contract for the sale of real estate. If one of the parties requests this contract and pays the fees and costs, the notaries will be able to annotate the cadastre via the cadastral information system and conclude a contract for the sale of real estate.

A secure payment system for notarial transactions and credit card payments was also launched on February 3, 2020. The Union of Notaries of Turkey, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Commerce, under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice, jointly launched the project.

Thanks to the system, citizens are no longer required to pay cash and reduce the risk of carrying large sums in person.

Since the launch of the application, 20,103 transactions have been carried out at notaries with the secure payment system.

Some 11,719,014 transactions were made with credit cards while another 3,750 transactions were made using the fingerprint authentication system.

Thanks to secure payment, credit card payments and fingerprint authentication processes, fraudulent transactions in payment-based contracts at notaries have been largely avoided.

At the same time, the “Notaire de service” application, which offers citizens the possibility of processing their notary requests over the weekend, has also aroused great interest.

The app, which launched on April 6, 2019, has been suspended for some time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But with the process of standardization, the application has attracted great interest from commercial companies and citizens unable to process their notarial transactions during weekdays.

To date, 1,418,494 transactions have been carried out with service notaries.

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