Registering with the police

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Police Registration

IMPORTANT: The requirement to register with the Police may no longer be shown on Biometric Residence Permits or vignettes issued to enter the UK.  You must check your decision letter from UKVI to see if you are required to register with the Police upon arrival.

Do I need to register with the Police?

Some nationalities must register with the police when they arrive in the UK with a visa for more than six months, and/or if they extend their visa for more than six months. 

Police Registration in London is administered by the Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) near Elephant and Castle/Borough tube stations.

After you register, you must keep your registration certificate updated if you get a new visa or if you change address.

You only have to register if your  Biometric Residence Permit or decision letter says you must. You can check the list of nationalities who need to register at:

Home Office

If you are not from one of these countries, but your visa states that you need to register, please seek advice from ISIS.  Otherwise, you can ignore the rest of this information. 

When to register

  • If you have been away from the UK for more than 12 months you need to re-register
  • Within 7 days of your arrival in the UK
  • If you have a new visa you must go to OVRO and get your certificate updated within 7 days of receiving your new visa
  • If you change address you must update your certificate within 7 days
  • If you move into the Metropolitan Police area from another Police force

How to register

You attend the Overseas Records Office in London to obtain a Police Registration Certificate. You will need this any time you apply to the Home Office to extend your stay in the UK. You must keep this certificate up to date with any changes. Your addresses on your Police Registration Certificate must match those you provide on your application form.

For full details on registering go to:

Metropolitan Police - Overseas Visitors Records Office    

It is a criminal offence not to register with the police if you are required to.

What documents do I take to register?

  • Your passport
  • Registration fee of £34 - it is easier to pay in cash using the correct amount
  • Your completed proforma - this must be typed and no corrections must be made to it by hand or correction fluid
  • One UK standard sized passport photo - this must be glued to your proforma within the photo section.  Do not staple your photograph because it will be placed into a scanning machine.
  • Copy of the ID page of your passport
  • Copy of your Tier 4 visa
  • Biometric Residence Permit if you have one

Completing the proforma

From the 27 July 2015, you must complete the new OCR Proforma and it must be typed. The OCR proforma must be typed and you must glue your photograph to the form because it will be placed in a scanning machine.

You must ensure that the details are correct because OVRO will not be able to accept any proformas with the following errors:

  • forms that have been completed by hand
  • corrections made with correction fluid 
  • hand-written corrections
  • photographs which are stapled to the form.

It is your responsibility to make sure you have completed the form correctly. Please read the guidance notes on completing the form carefully.

OVRO Registration Proforma - PDF (Adobe Reader 11 required)

Guidance on completing the proforma - PDF

I have a temporary vignette and decision letter - what happens next?

OVRO have confirmed that if you have a temporary vignette and the decision letter confirming your grant of leave, you will be able to register with these documents.

Where do I go?

You only need to attend the OVRO if you are new to the UK, have moved to the Metropolitan Police Force area or have obtained a new visa. OVRO is easy to get to from the LSE. 

Southwark Police Station, 323 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JL. 

Check the opening times on the Metropolitan Police website.  Opening times can change during the peak period (September - December) so you should check these details.

The nearest tube stations are Borough (on the Northern line) or Elephant and Castle (Northern Line or Bakerloo) .

Map to OVRO

What happens if I change address after I register?

If you change your address, you must inform the Police within seven days.  You can do this at any local Police station.  You can find your nearest Police station on the Metropolitan Police website.

If you live in LSE halls and you change rooms, you don't need to get this updated.

What happens if I do not register with the police?

The requirement to register with the Police will no longer be shown on your visa.  You should check your decision letter to confirm if you are required to register with the Police.

It is a criminal offence not to register with the police if it is a requirement of your student visa.  You could be arrested, prosecuted and fined up to £5,000 or even imprisoned.  It could also lead to you being refused a visa in the future. 

When you register at LSE, you agree to abide by the conditions of your student visa and this includes police registration.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you register in time and to keep your record up to date.  This is very important if you need to extend your Tier 4 visa.