The police registration scheme ended on 4 August 2022. You no longer need to register with the police. This page is currently out of date.
Some people need to register with the police after arriving in the UK with a visa, or after getting permission to stay for longer in the UK.
If you need to register, you must go to the police within 7 days of:
- arriving in the UK if you applied for a visa from outside the UK
- the date on the letter or email you received giving you permission to stay
If you cannot leave your home or quarantine hotel
Do not go to a police station if you’re quarantining, self-isolating, shielding or have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Do not break any national or local rules or restrictions to register.
Wait until you can leave your home or quarantine hotel.
Check if you need to register
If you applied outside the UK
Check your visa ‘vignette’ (sticker in your passport), or the letter or email you got from the Home Office.
The letter or email will explain what you need to do.
You must register within 7 days if the vignette says any of the following:
- ‘Police registration’
- ‘Register with police in 7 days of entry’
- ‘Pol Reg’
- ‘Pol Registration’
- ‘Police Registration within 7 days of UK entry’
- ‘Police Registration within 7 days of arrival’
- ‘Police Registration within 7 days of arrival in the UK’
If you applied inside the UK
Check the letter or email you got from the Home Office when your application was approved. It will tell you if you must register.
If you do not register, your permission to stay might be shortened and you’ll have to leave the UK. You can also be stopped from getting or extending a UK visa in future.
After you register
The police will give you a registration certificate. Keep it while your visa or permission to stay in the UK lasts so that you can:
- prove that you’re registered with the police
- tell the police if your details change
- return to the UK if you travel
- apply to stay for longer in the UK
If you lose your certificate, you’ll need to get a new one. Check with the police station for your area.