You may need to register with the police if you come to the UK for longer than 6 months, extend your current leave or switch to a different visa.

You’ll be told if you need to register with the police on one of the following documents:

  • your entry visa vignette (if you’re travelling to the UK)
  • your biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • the Home Office letter that approved your application for leave

Who needs to register with the police

You may be told to register with the police if all the following apply:

  • you’re 16 or older
  • your visa or immigration application is for longer than 6 months
  • your visa or immigration application is not exempt from the police registration requirement
  • you’ve been told to register on your entry visa vignette, your BRP or Home Office letter that approved your application for leave
  • 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 one of these countries and 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

Exemptions

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

You must register within 7 days of arriving in the UK or within 7 days of getting your biometric residence permit.

If you don’t register:

  • any future immigration applications will consider that you didn’t register
  • your current leave can be shortened

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.

Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO)
323 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1JL

Contact your local police station if you live in the City of London.

If you’re outside London

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

Fees

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

Documents you must provide

You’ll need to take:

  • 2 recent passport size colour photographs
  • your passport with your entry visa vignette
  • your BRP, if you have one
  • the Home Office letter that approved your application for leave

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your status and the police force you’re registering with. You may also have to fill in an application form before you register. 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 and place you arrived in the UK, and how
  • 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

If you registered with the police you must tell them if any of the information you’ve given them changes. Contact the police station to check if you need to go in person.

If you registered at the Overseas Visitors Records Office, check what changes they need to know about and how to report them.