Police Foreign Nationals Registration Scheme
Foreign Nationals Registration - Immigration Act 1971
Under Section 26(1) (f) of the Immigration Act 1971 foreign nationals from certain countries are required to register with the police.
Failure to register with the police is an offence and where a person fails to register it can leave them liable to a fine of up to £5,000 and / or six months imprisonment. Your stay in the UK may also be affected.
Registering with the Police
In order to register with the police you must first be included on the list of countries required to register.
If your home country is not on this list you do not need to register with the Police unless your visa instructs otherwise or you have been instructed to register by an Immigration Officer at your port of entry.
If you are required to register with the police please see below form relating to registration.
This form should be completed if you have not registered before. Please attend at West Yorkshire Police’s Overseas Registration Office (address below) with the required documents.
This form should also be used if you have registered with another police force and have moved to West Yorkshire.
Please note that all changes to your circumstances MUST be reported to the police within seven days of the change occurring.
Important – please do not send your documents to the office by post as we cannot ensure their safety.
If you have any questions about registering with the police please contact:
Overseas Registration Office
Pudsey Police Station
Telephone numbers are: 0113 2414917 / 0113 2414817 / 0113 2414860 / 0113
Hours of business: Monday to Thursday 9am - 1pm & 2:15pm - 4pm (last registration 3:30pm)
Easter & Spring Bank Holiday: the office will be CLOSED Monday 17 April, Monday 1 May and Monday 29 May.
Frequently Asked Question
When must I register?
As soon as possible after your arrival in the United Kingdom. If your passport contains only a 30-day visa because you are due to collect a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for the rest of your stay, please do not register until you have collected the BRP.
Where can I register?
Overseas Registration Office, Pudsey Police Station, Dawsons Corner, Bradford Road, LEEDS, LS28 5TA. Telephone numbers are: 0113 2414917/2414817/2414860/
How much do I have to pay for registration?
Registration costs £34 per person and is payable on initial registration.
What happens at registration?
Your passport will be photocopied and given back to you, and you will be given a receipt and instructions regarding the collection of your Police Registration Document (or Certificate). You will need to present your receipt when collecting your Certificate.
What do I need to bring when I register?
Your passport or travel document, your biometric residence permit (BRP) (if applicable), the £34 registration fee, one passport-size photograph and confirmation of your status in the UK (i.e. study letter or work permit / employment letter).
What will happen if I do not register with the Police within seven days?
Failure to register with the Police is an offence under Section 26(1) (f) of the Immigration Act 1971 and where a person fails to register, the Police can consider prosecution. You can be liable to a fine of up to £5,000, six months’ imprisonment, or both. Your stay in the UK may also be affected.
Does everybody have to register with the Police, including children?
All foreign nationals (as shown in the list of countries) aged sixteen years or over will normally have to register with the Police. Registration may also depend on the type and length of the visa granted. You may be a national from a country that is not included on the list and may have to register. If this is the case, you should seek advice from the Overseas Registration Department and checks will be made with the local immigration authorities.
Once I have initially registered, do I need to do anything else in the future?
Once registration is completed, you MUST inform the Police of any of the following changes, within seven days.
· Change of Address
· Change of College, University, Occupation or Course
· Change of Marital status
· New Entry Visa granting an extension of stay
· New Home Office extension to your Visa
· New Passport or travel document issued
Failure to report any of the above changes will render the offender liable to a fine of up £5000, six months imprisonment or both
What should I do with my Police Registration Certificate when my stay in the UK is completed and I am returning to my home country?
You may keep your Police Registration Certificate and if you decide to return to the UK at a later date you may be able to use it again.
If you intend to leave the UK permanently, please contact this office prior to your departure, to inform us of the date and airport you are leaving from.
Who can I contact if I have any queries regarding Police Registration?
You can contact the Overseas Registration Office, Pudsey Police Station, Dawsons Corner, Bradford Road, LEEDS, LS28 5TA. Telephone numbers are: 0113 2414917/2414817/2414860/
Email address: PoliceRegistration@
This office is open: Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm and 2-15pm to 4pm. Last Visit 3.30 pm for Registration.
List of Countries Required to Register