Register as a foreign national
We have recently had a number of individuals arrive late for their appointment times. Please make sure you allow plenty of time to travel here, the Police Station is located on a busy road junction and traffic is particularly heavy during early mornings and evenings. Arriving late may result in you being turned away and asked to rebook.
Apple Pay is the quickest way to pay for your Police Registration Certificate. If you do not have this facility then we accept payment with the following bank cards: Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Visa Debit, MasterCard Debit, Maestro Debit. Please note: Cash payments are no longer accepted.
In line with national guidelines if the visa in your passport does not state that you must 'register with police' then we will need to see a copy of the letter or email from the Home Office Atlas confirming the successful application of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
Please see the section 'At the Appointment' section for further details.
Bank card is the preferred method of payment for registration. We will only accept cash payment in exceptional circumstances. Unfortunately £50 notes will no longer be accepted.
We will be releasing new appointments each weekday (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) for the following weekday, please log onto your online account to see availability and book an appointment. Keep checking here for the latest information.
Please be aware that you only have 40 minutes to submit your information online. If this time lapses it will not submit your information correctly and you will have to resubmit your information again.
Each person required to register or update information must use their own email address to make an online account. One person per email address only. Also, each person must attend their own appointment and present themselves to the Police.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT, WE CANNOT SEE YOU UNLESS YOU HAVE BOOKED AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE.
If you are a foreign national, aged 16 or over you may need to register with us shortly after you arrive in the UK. If this is the case, it should be written on your entry-visa vignette (an extra page stuck in your passport), biometric residence permit (BRP) or your Home Office letter approving your application for leave.
Find out more below about who needs to register with us, who is exempt and how to get a police registration certificate (PRC).
If you don’t register with the police when you're required to do so, that is an offence under Section 26(1) (f) of the Immigration Act 1971 . You could be fined up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Your current or any further application for stay in the UK could also be affected.
What is a police registration certificate?
A police registration certificate (PRC) is a document that proves you have complied with the requirement of your visa. We will issue one to you at the end of your registration process.
Your PRC may be accepted as proof of identity in the UK. However, we don’t recommend you carry it with you. Please keep it in a safe place with your passport and travel documents.
If a police officer asks you to produce your PRC, you then have 48 hours to show your PRC at any police station.
Who is required to register?
If you need to register with the police on your arrival in the UK, it should be written on your entry visa vignette, biometric residence permit or Home Office letter or email approving your application for leave. We can’t register you if you don’t have a requirement in writing on any of these documents.
You will probably need to register with us if you’re 16 or older, and are from one of these countries:
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Note: A person who holds a passport issued by the Special Administrative Region of either Hong Kong or Macao is classed as a Chinese national.
Some 30-day visas require you to register with the police. If this is the case it will be written on the visa. It may say:
- ‘Pol Reg’ or
- ‘Police Registration’ or
- ‘Register with Police in seven days of UK entry’
Please check to be sure.
Who does not need to register with the police?
If you have dual nationality with one country in the list above and one country that is not, you don’t need to register with the police.
Likewise, you don’t need to register if you have permission to live permanently in the UK, or are the family member of an EEA citizen.
If you are already registered but have moved to another area
If you go to live in another area in the UK you must report this change online and book an appointment within seven days of arriving in the new location.
There is no charge, and you will continue to use the same certificate. Please see section ‘Reporting a change in circumstances’ for more information.
Children under 16, are also not required to register.
If you are unsure if your visa requires you to register then you MUST contact the Home Office to ask about the requirement it gave you.