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If the visa in your passport says 'Police registration within seven days of arrival,' or it says on the back of your visa extension card 'Report extension to the police,' you must book an appointment within seven days to register. The requirement to register with the police can also appear on a letter from the Home Office, which will arrive separately and within a few days of receiving a letter to collect your biometric residence permit (BRP). To find out more information on BRP's, visit the government website.

The Immigration Regulation Act 1971 (Registration with the police) is a legal requirement made by the Home Office. Failure to register with the police is a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution.

Necessary Documents

If the words ‘police registration’ are not on your landing visa, please ensure that you bring the email or letter you have received from the Home Office.  If you have received an email, you can find it by for atlas in your e-mails. If you don't think you have received an email, please check all your e-mail accounts.

We will not be able to issue a police registration certificate until we see ‘police registration’ either on your landing visa, on your biometric resident permits (BRP), or on a letter or email from the Home Office.

We will require the following documents to issue a police registration certificate:

  • A valid passport
  • A BRP 
  • A proof of address. It must be dated within the last 3 months and be one of the following documents:
  • Bank/credit card statement
  • Utility bill
  • Letter from university or employer on headed paper. Please note, we do not accept tenancy agreements.
  • Credit or debit card to make payment of £34. Please note, we do not accept cash, China Union Pay or American Express.

How can I book my appointment?

Coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, our office is closed until Monday 13 April. We are notifying anyone with appointments on what they will need to do.

Please do not attend the office as it will be closed. No one will be in the office to answer the phone so please do not call.

If you do need to get in touch with an urgent question email ct_ovro@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

You must report any absences from the U.K. for longer than 3 months to us. You can do so by emailing us. When you email, please remember to quote your full name, date of birth and police registration certificate.

Your police registration certificate is valid throughout the U.K, however if you move out of the West Midlands, please take your police registration certificate to the force that covers your home address within 7 days.

Frequently Asked questions

I am moving from the West Midlands to another force – what do I need to do?

You need to register with the police force that covers your new address within seven days of the move.

I am leaving the United Kingdom – what do I need to do?

If you are leaving the United Kingdom for less than three months you do not need to do anything.
If you are leaving for longer than this you legally have to notify the force that you have last registered with.  Please ensure that you provide your leaving date and travel details.

Do I need to keep my Police Registration Certificate if I return home?

Yes.