Registering with the police

Please be aware that the Police Registration Unit is currently closed due to the coronavirus situation.  Please see the Avon and Somerset Police for information and updates.  All existing appointments will be cancelled and re-arranged when possible.

If you are required to register with the police, you still need to complete the steps below and register online. You will be given an appointment once the Police Registration Unit re-opens. 

Who is required to register

Certain non-EU nationals must register with the police within 7 days of arriving in the UK. You should check your vignette (visa sticker in your passport) or Home Office visa decision letter to check if you are required to register with the police. See UK visas and registering with the police for more information.

Failure to register with the relevant police force when required to do so risks a fine of £5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment. Registering late could affect any future visa applications.

How to register

Go to the online registration and appointment portal, create an account and complete the relevant form. You cannot save your application and come back to it later, so make sure you have the relevant information in front of you before you begin.

You will need:

  • your personal details, UK address (and postcode) and your contact details
  • a family member’s details (if applicable)
  • your passport
  • your visa (Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card)
  • your study details
  • the ability to upload a passport-style photograph

When you have completed the registration you will be required to make an appointment to register with the police in person. The nearest Police Registration Unit (PRU) is:

Clifton Foreign National Registration Unit
2-10 Kings Parade Mews

You will not be seen by registration staff unless you have completed the online form and made an appointment. 

When you attend your appointment, you must take your:

  • passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card
  • UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) letter or email (also called Application Update) confirming that your Tier 4 application was successful and that you must register with the police (the police require this email or letter to be able to register you)
  • £34 registration fee in cash

As long as you register online within 7 days of arriving in the UK, it is acceptable to attend your appointment some time after that. The police will be satisfied that the condition to register with the police has been met, even if the appointment is several months in the future. Book the next available appointment that you are able to attend. At busy times of year appointments may get booked up very quickly.

When you will need to update your Police Registration Certificate (PRC)

You must update your Police Registration Certificate (PRC) if you:

  • receive a new passport
  • obtain a new visa (or BRP card)
  • change address in the UK
  • change University
  • have any change in marital status

You must use the new online service to update your information. You will need to follow the steps in the 'How to register' section above and select the 'New Registration' option when using the online service for the first time. You will then have to book an appointment to attend the Police Registration Unit (PRU) with your certificate.

Fore more information, see Avon and Somerset Constabulary: Foreign National Registration

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