You may need to register with the police when you visit the UK or if you’re in the UK and switching to a new visa.

When you arrive in the UK the visa in your passport will say ‘police registration within 7 days of arrival’ if you need to register.

You could be fined £5,000 and jailed for 6 months if you don’t register when you’ve been told to.

When you need to register

You’ll need to register with the police if:

  • your visa is for longer than 6 months
  • you’re 16 or older
  • you’re in the UK and switching to a visa which requires you to register
  • you’re from one of the countries in the following list

You must register with the police if you’re from:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

You don’t need to register if you have dual nationality with a country that’s not on the list.

You may also need to register if:

  • you’re stateless
  • you hold a non-national travel document


You don’t need to register with the police if you have permission to live permanently in the UK, or are a family member of an EEA citizen.

You’re also exempt if you’re visiting the UK on a temporary visa:

How to register

If you live in the area of London covered by the Metropolitan Police, you must register at Overseas Visitors Records Office.

Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO)
323 Borough High Street

Telephone: 020 7230 1208

Contact your local police station if you’re elsewhere in the UK to find out where to go.


Registering with the police costs £34. You can pay at the police station.

Documents you must provide

You’ll need to take:

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your status and the police force with which you are registering.

The police station will record:

  • your full name
  • your gender
  • your marital status
  • your date and country of birth
  • your nationality
  • your address in the UK
  • the address of the last place you lived outside the UK
  • the date, place and how you arrived in the UK
  • your passport details
  • what you can and can’t do with your visa, including how long you can stay
  • if you’re a student or working

Fines and penalties

You could be fined £5,000 and jailed for 6 months if you don’t register with the police. Registering late can count against you next time you apply for a visa.

Change of circumstances

You must tell the police if any of the information you’ve given them changes.

You can do this by visiting the police station where you registered.

You may be able to write to them with details of the changes - contact the police station to check first.

You may need to register again if you move somewhere else in the UK.