Some students are required to register with the police as a condition of their visa. Whether you need to do this depends on your nationality.

How to find out if police registration applies to you

If you are required to register with the police, the requirement should be clearly stated on your UKVI decision letter or your visa. You can check the UKVI information about who usually needs to register with the police if you are unsure.  Police registration is a highly important task; you can face serious penalties if you do not complete it when it applies to you, so contact the International Student Advice Service if you are unsure.

You must complete or update your police registration within 7 days of:

  • Arriving in the UK
  • Receiving a new UK visa

When you register with the police, you will be given a Police Registration Certificate (PRC). Your PRC should always be updated of you change your passport, address, nationality, name, or marital status.

Each local police force has its own process for police registration, so make sure you are clear on which police force you need to contact to arrange your registration.

Police registration if you live in London

If you live in the London area, you must visit the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) to complete police registration.

Appointment / admission slip

Please be aware that the OVRO can be very busy and you will probably have to wait for some time to get your registration certificate. At busy times of the year, you may be asked to return at a later date, which could be several months later. If this happens, you will be provided with an appointment or 'admission slip' to prove that you met the 7-day requirement. 

It's really important to keep your appointment / admission slip safe. We recommend that you take a picture of it in case you lose it. If you intend to travel outside of the UK whilst you are waiting for your police registration appointment, we recommend that you take a copy of your appointment / admission slip. Border officials at the airport may ask to see evidence that you have an police registration appointment.

Documents to take with you to your appointment:

  • A completed proforma (online form)
  • Your passport
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or your BRP collection letter if you haven't got your BRP
  • 1 UK passport-sized photograph (45mm x 35mm), attached to the proforma
  • £34 registration fee, payable by card or cash
  • If you applied for your visa in the UK, a copy of the UKVI letter showing the requirement for police registration
  • Any previous police registration certificates (if you have previously registered with the police)

Filling in the proforma

  • Please visit the following link to download the proforma (a link can be found in section 3 "where to register") https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police
  • Complete the proforma online, making sure you answer the questions accurately and carefully
  • Print the proforma and attach your passport photograph with glue
  • Make sure your signature is fully within the box

Change of circumstances

  • You must inform the OVRO office within 8 days if you change your name, nationality, marital status.
  • If you receive a new passport or visa, you must re-register within 7 days

If your PRC is lost or stolen, you must go to the OVRO office to obtain a replacement.

Police registration if you live in Medway

Online Registration

  • Please visit https://www.kent.police.uk/services/foreign-national-register/  and follow the 'how to register' link
  • Create an account to login and complete online registration
  • When you have completed the online registration process you will be required to book an appointment to register with the police in person. If the police are unable to book your appointment within the seven day deadline they will make arrangements so that you do not face any penalty for this. You must make contact with them within the seven day deadline for this to apply

Documents to take with you to your appointment:

  • A copy of your Confirmation of Study (i.e. CAS)
  • Your passport
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or your BRP collection letter if you haven't got your BRP yet
  • £34 registration fee, payable by card or cash
  • If you applied for your visa in the UK, a copy of the UKVI letter stating the requirement for Police Registration
  • Confirmation of UK address (i.e. copy of university letter or tenancy agreement or utility bill etc.)

Change of circumstances

  • For all changes of circumstances, you must log in to the online registration and appointment portal:  https://secure.ecis.police.uk/foreign/Login/
  • You must inform the police if you change your name, nationality or marital status
  • If you receive a new passport or visa, you must re-register
  • If your police registration certificate is lost or stolen, you must contact the police for a new one by booking an appointment online

Police registration if you live in a different area

If you live in an area outside of the Medway and London areas, you must check the local requirements online or at a local police station.

Contact the International Student Advice Service if you have any doubts about what you need to do.

The information on this page is correct at the time of writing. Whilst we try to make sure the information we provide is accurate, immigration policy changes frequently. You should therefore always refer to the official gov.uk website to ensure that you have up-to-date information: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration