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Police Registration

 Last updated: 12 May 2021

Update on Police Registration 

The Overseas Visitors' Records Office (OVRO) has launched a new online registration portal. If you are required to register with the police, please use the online registration portal.


For detailed information on the Police Registration process or contacting us, please see the links below.


Who needs to register

Your entry vignette, biometric permit or email from the Home Office will indicate if you need to register with the police.

If it says “Register/Report to Police”, “Pol. Registration” or similar, you must register with the police.

The OVRO further explains which nationals need to register, how to register and what you need to bring.


You need to register within 7 days of arriving in the UK. For new international students, if you live in the Greater London area, you should register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO).

To satisfy the 7-day legal requirement to register with the police:

  • You must create an account with OVRO and submit your registration details online within 7 days of arriving in the UK or 7 days of a change of a circumstance.
  • You must book an appointment  online within 7 days of arriving in the UK

This will ensure the requirement to register with the police has been satisfied, even if the first available appointment offered is beyond 7 days. 


Further information:

How do I register with the Police 

Keeping your certificate up to date 


Please also note the following information from the OVRO on visiting the OVRO:

It is a criminal offence in the UK to carry guns, knives, CS gas, offensive weapons and classified drugs such as cannabis, marijuana or hashish.

If you’re found carrying any of the above items at the OVRO you could face criminal charges.







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