Registering with the police

Police Registration

IMPORTANT: The requirement to register with the Police will 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

  • Within 7 days of your arrival in the UK
  • If you have been away from the UK for more than 12 months you will need to re-register
  • If you have a new visa you must go to the OVRO and get your certificate updated within 7 days of receiving your visa. 
  • If you change your address, you must inform the Police within seven days. Read the section below on changing your address.

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, but they will accept most debit or credit cards (no cheques, Euros or American Express)
  • two identical, UK standard, passport size photographs
  • copy of the ID page of your passport
  • copy of your student visa (the sticker in your passport or your BRP)
  • BRP (Biometric residence permit -  if you have one)

If you are registering for the first time in London, you must also take a completed form Police Registration Proforma.

Take a small bag - this will make it faster to go through the security checks. Don't take any sharp objects (for example scissors) as these will be taken from you (and it is illegal to carry knives in the UK). 

Where do I go?

You only need to attend the OVRO if you are new to the UK 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.

Returning to LSE for resit exams

If you return to the UK with a new Tier 4 (General) Student visa to take exams, you must register again with the police if your visa is for more than six months.

If you return to the UK as a Student Visitor, you do not need to register with the police.

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