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.

When you need to register

You’ll need to register with the police if all the following apply:

  • you’re 16 or older
  • your visa is for longer than 6 months
  • your visa (including when you are switching to a new visa) is not exempt from the police registration requirement
  • 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’re in London

You must register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office if you live in an area of London covered by the Metropolitan Police. If you’re not sure, check which areas are covered.

Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO)
323 Borough High Street

Telephone: 020 7230 1208

If you’re outside London

Contact your local police station to find out where to go if you’re:


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 you’re registering with. Contact the police to find out.

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

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.