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Registering with the police

Police registration

Nationals of certain countries are required to register with the police when they arrive in the UK for more than six months, please see immigration rules regarding police registration on the UK Visa and Immigration's website to see if this applies to you.

This requirement will also be stated in your Visa sticker/Biometric Residence Permit, and you will need to register with the police within seven days of arriving in the UK.

Where to go

If you are living in London (Metropolitan Police Area) register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO):

Overseas Visitors Records Office
323 Borough High Street

If you are living outside of London you will need to register at your local police station. If you are unsure where your local station is your can use the "Find Your Neighbourhood" search feature on the Police website.

If it states that you are within the Metropolitan Police Service, you will need to register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office. If it states anything else, you must register at your local police station.

What to bring when you register

  • Your passport
  • Visa or Biometric Residence Permit
  • Two passport photographs
  • Registration fee of £34
  • St Mary's University offer letter
  • If you are registering at OVRO you will also need to complete a Registration Proforma. You must type your answers into the form. Handwritten and previous versions of the proforma will no longer be accepted
  • Please see the guidance for completing your Proforma (PDF)

Once registered, the police will give you a police registration certificate which shows you have complied with the requirement to register.

Updating your registration certificate

You must inform the police of any changes to the information you have provided whilst you are still in the UK. This includes:

  • A change of address (police must be informed within seven days)
  • Extension of leave to remain in the UK
  • New passport
  • Name
  • Marital status