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Some nationals are required to register with the police as part of the terms of their visa. Please read the information below carefully to ensure you are abiding by the conditions of your visa.

Some nationals are required to register with the police as part of their conditions of stay in the UK. This page provides answers to the following:

Not registering with the police, if you are required to do so, is a criminal offence and you may be reported to the Home Office for failure to comply with the conditions of your leave to enter/remain in the United Kingdom.


Do I need to register with the police in the UK?

You only need to register with the police in the UK if there is a clear requirement to do so on either:

  • your entry clearance visa (in your passport) 
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Home Office letter (your decision letter OR the letter accompanying your BRP)  
  • Home Office email granting further leave to remain in the UK (for in-country applications)*

If there is no requirement to register with the police on any of these documents and/or you are not joining a programme of study at UCL the information below is not relevant to you. 

If there are clear instructions to register with the police on any of the documents mentioned above, please read the information below very carefully.

*IMPORTANT: If you have completed an in-country application for your visa and have not received the ATLAS email approving Further Leave to Remain, which also states the requirement to register with the police, please email the Home Office on entryclearance.errors@fco.gov.uk. You should receive a response within five working days.  


Travelling before your police registration appointment

If you are travelling before the date of your police registration appointment, as shown on your admission slip/appointment ticket, you are advised to bring your admission slip/ticket with you so that it can be shown to Border Control upon re-entry to the UK. This will serve as evidence of your attempt to register with the police within the 7 day requirement when you are returning. 


This is my first registration with the police in the UK

If this is your first registration with the police in the UK, you will need to visit the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) to submit the required documents and pay the registration fee within seven days of arrival in the UK.

What documents do I need to bring? 

You are required to bring the following documentation when you visit OVRO. 

  • Your passport
  • Completed and signed proforma - you can access the proforma and guidance on how to complete it on the OVRO website
  • One passport sized (45mm x 35mm) photograph pasted to the proforma 
  • Biometric Residence Permit - BRP (if applicable)
  • Home Office letter or email showing the requirement to register - if applicable (this letter or email is required if you have applied for and had your visa granted in the UK)

If you visit the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) without all of the necessary documents, you may not be seen. Please note that OVRO is the only office that handles police registration in London.

 

NB: If you have not collected your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) by the time you visit OVRO, they will accept your Home Office letter issued to you abroad, approving your application for leave, instead.

How much is the registration fee?

When attending OVRO to complete Police Registration you will be required to pay a £34 registration fee. This may be paid by sterling cash or most debit/credit cards. 

How do I get to OVRO?

OVRO is located at 323 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JL.

The nearest Tube station is Borough on the Northern line.

Please note - if it is busy, you may be given an admission slip with an appointment date and time in the coming weeks, which you must attend.

Please visit the OVRO website for opening times and further information.


I have previously registered with the police in the UK, but I was not based in London

If you have previously registered with the police in the UK but weren't based in London, you can visit the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) to have your current Police Registration Certificate (PRC) updated.

If you have been out of the UK for more than 12 months since you last registered please follow the instructions as if this were your first registration in the UK.

What documents do I need to bring? 

You are required to bring the following documentation when you visit OVRO. 

  • Your passport
  • Completed and signed proforma - you can access the proforma and guidance on how to complete it on the OVRO website
  • One passport sized (45mm x 35mm) photograph pasted to the proforma 
  • Biometric Residence Permit - BRP (if applicable)
  • Home Office letter or email showing the requirement to register - if applicable (this letter or email is required if you have applied for and had your visa granted in the UK)
  • Your current Police Registration Certificate (PRC)

If you visit the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) without all of the necessary documents, you may not be seen. Please note that OVRO is the only office that handles police registration in London.

Will I need to pay the £34 registration fee? 

If your current Police Registration Certificate (PRC) is in good condition, you will not need to pay the registration fee again. However, if your PRC is damaged you may be required to pay the £34 registration fee.

I have lost my previous Police Registration Certificate (PRC). 

If you have lost your police registration certificate please follow the instructions as if this were your first registration in the UK. You will be required to pay the £34 registration fee. 

How do I get to OVRO?

OVRO is located at 323 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JL.

The nearest Tube station is Borough on the Northern line.

Please note - if it is busy, you may be given an admission slip with an appointment date and time in the coming weeks, which you must attend.

Please visit the OVRO website for opening times and further information.


I have previously registered with the police in the UK and was based in London

If you have previously registered with the police in the UK, were based in London and registered with the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) please follow the instructions below. 

I have lost my previous Police Registration Certificate (PRC). 

If you have lost your Police Registration Certificate please follow the instructions as if this were your first registration in the UK. You will be required to pay the £34 registration fee. 

I have my current PRC but have been out of the UK for more than 12 months. 

If you have been out of the UK for longer than one year please follow the instructions as if this were your first registration in the UK. 

I have my current PRC but have changed my residential address/university address. 

If either your residential address or university address have changed since your PRC was issued you can report this to your local police station. 

I have my current PRC but have changed my name/nationality/passport/visa. 

If you have changed any of the above information since your PRC was issued, you will need to visit the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) to have your current Police Registration Certificate (PRC) updated.

What documents do I need to bring?

You are required to bring the following documentation when you visit OVRO.

  • Your passport
  • Completed and signed proforma - you can access the proforma and guidance on how to complete it on the OVRO website
  • One passport sized (45mm x 35mm) photograph pasted to the proforma 
  • Biometric Residence Permit - BRP (if applicable)
  • Home Office letter or email showing the requirement to register - if applicable (this letter or email is required if you have applied for and had your visa granted in the UK)
  • Your current Police Registration Certificate (PRC)

If you visit the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) without all of the necessary documents, you may not be seen. Please note that OVRO is the only office that handles police registration in London.

Will I need to pay the £34 registration fee? 

If your current Police Registration Certificate (PRC) is in good condition, you will not need to pay the registration fee again. However, if your PRC is damaged you may be required to pay the £34 registration fee.  

How do I get to OVRO?

OVRO is located at 323 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JL.

The nearest Tube station is Borough on the Northern line.

Please note - if it is busy, you may be given an admission slip with an appointment date and time in the coming weeks, which you must attend.

Please visit the OVRO website for opening times and further information.

UCL only appointments at OVRO

UCL have been working with the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) and have made arrangements to facilitate this process for students starting in September 2019. There are a limited number of appointments available to UCL students which can be booked by completing the online registration form on Eventbrite.

If you book an appointment by this arrangement, you will NOT have to go to OVRO within seven days of arrival in the UK, but must ensure you attend your appointment.

 

Police registration on Thursdays 

The Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) is closed to the general public on Thursdays but remains open for students with an appointment slot. This includes appoinment slips given out by OVRO and tickets through UCL on Eventbrite. If your appointment is on a Thursday then please attend OVRO and register.