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 also check the information published by UKVI if you are unsure.  Police registration is very important and you may face serious penalties if you do not complete it in time.

Please 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) website to complete police registration.

Book an Online Appointment

You must book an online appointment within 7 days of arriving in the UK, or a change in your circumstances. This will ensure the requirement to register with the Police has been met, even if the first available appointment is beyond 7 days.    

Once you have booked an appointment you will receive a booking confirmation email from OVRO. Please check your junk and spam folders if you do not receive an email.   

Please attend your appointment on time. If you are late, you may be required to rebook.

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, cash, or mobile payment applications (such as Apple Pay)
  • If you applied for your visa in the UK, a copy of the UKVI letter/email showing the requirement for police registration
  • Any previous police registration certificates (if you have previously registered with the police)

If you do not have all of the required documentation with you, you may be required to rebook another appointment.

Filling in the proforma

  • Please download the proforma from the Met Police website
  • 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 you are reporting a change of address within London you must visit your local police station to update your Police Registration Certificate. Please do not use the online appointment booking system 

If your PRC is lost or stolen, you must obtain a new Police Registration Certificate by booking online and completing a new proforma.

Police registration if you live in Medway

Online Registration

  • You can register on the Kent Police website
  • Create an account to login and complete online registration
  • When you have completed the online registration process you will need book an appointment to visit the police station in person. If you are unable to secure an appointment within the 7-day deadline, you will need to make contact with the police to ensure that you are not penalised.

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/email 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.
  • 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 request 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.