Yellow registration certificate
You may want to apply for a yellow registration certificate if you’re a student or want to be self-employed in the UK.
You must apply for a yellow registration certificate if you want to work while you’re a student in the UK.
You can only work for up to 20 hours a week in term-time, unless you’re training to do a specific job (a ‘vocational course’) and the course includes a work placement which is vital to your study.
- to have private comprehensive health insurance or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for yourself and any dependants with you in the UK
- a letter from your UK college, university or other place of study with the name of your course and the start and end dates
- proof that you’ve got enough money to support yourself - either bank statements or a letter from your sponsor or funder
You don’t need a certificate to work for yourself in the UK if you’re self-employed, but you can apply for a yellow registration certificate to prove your right to be self-employed.
You must register for Self Assessment if you’re self-employed.
You don’t need a certificate to live in the UK as a self-sufficient person, but you can apply for a yellow registration certificate to confirm your right to be self-sufficient, eg to your local authority or immigration officers if necessary.
- to be able to support yourself without working or claiming benefits
- to have private comprehensive health insurance or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Download and fill in the application form. You must pay the £65 fee when you apply.
You can also use the premium service at a premium service centre.