Students needing to register for the first time

Certain international students will be required to register with the police in the UK. If you applied for your visa overseas, this requirement will be printed on your 30- or 90-day entry clearance sticker in your passport. The full list of nationalities who are required to register with the police in the UK is given on the UK government website

If you applied for your visa in the UK, this requirement will be printed on the letter you were given when you received your passport and documents. 

Please check carefully whether you need to register with the police, as the consequences of not doing so can be serious.

If you are based in London, registration is completed at the Overseas Visitors Records Office. You need to book an appointment online via the OVRO website. Please read the information on the OVRO website carefully about preparing for your appointment.

Please note: as long as you have registered for an appointment within 7 days of arriving in the UK you will have met the 7-day requirement. You do not need to worry that appointments are some time in the future. 


You need to take the following documents with you to your appointment: 

  • Your passport
  • Completed and signed online Police Registration form (must be completed online and printed off - hand written proformas will not be accepted)
  • 1 x passport sized photograph (must be pasted onto the form)
  • £34.00 Registration Fee
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or UKVI decision letter
  • If you made your current visa application in the UK: a copy of the email or letter received when your visa was granted (this can be shown in electronic format if easier)

Please ensure you put your full UK address on Police Registration Form including your room number if you are in Halls of Residence.

Keeping your Police Registration Certificate up to date


If you have a change in circumstance you may have to update your certificate. This includes 


  • Changing your address
  • Obtaining a new BRP
  • Changing your name, nationality or marital status
  • Lost Police Registration Certificates should be reported to the nearest Police Station and a replacement can be issued by the OVRO

You can make these changes here