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Foreign National Registration

As a condition to visit or to stay in the United Kingdom, certain foreign nationals are required to register with the police in the area they are living within 7 days of arrival.

If you need to register, this requirement will be shown on your visa, passport, Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or Home office letter.

Failure to register with the relevant police force when required to do so risks a fine of £5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.

Do I need to register?

You will need to register with the police if:

  • you are over 16 years of age
  • your visa is for longer than 6 months
  • your visa is not exempt from the police registration requirement
  • you are from one the following countries:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

Foreign Nationals from the countries listed above will be issued with a new 30 day short term entry vignette visa. This visa will state whether you are required to register with the police and allows entry into the UK.

When issued with this visa, you will receive a letter from the Home Office, confirming the success of your visa application. It will also show the start and expiry date of your visa. You will need to take this letter and your passport to collect your biometric resident permit visa from a designated Post Office close to where you are living.

What do I need to register?

To register, first read our guide, then download and fill in the registration form. Bring the completed registration form to one of the police stations listed below along with:

  • your Passport
  • 2 Passport-sized photographs
  • £34.00 in cash
  • the Home Office letter or
  • your biometric residence permit (if you have one)

Important: You will not be registered or have your records/Police Registration Certificate (PRC) updated if you do not provide ALL of the above documents, including the completed registration form 85

Once you have received your Police Registration Certificate (PRC) you are advised not to carry this with you but to keep it in a safe place. If you are asked to produce the PRC, you will be given 48 hours in which to do so at any police station.

Where can I register?

Foreign nationals can register at any of the following locations:

Do I need to notify you of changes?

If you are already registered with us, any of the following changes must be reported to one of the above police stations within seven days:

  • Change of address (proof such as a rental agreement is required)
  • Change of University / College (confirmation letter from establishment is required)
  • Change in landing conditions or granting of further leave to remain
  • New passport
  • Change of marital status (marriage certificate is required)

When reporting any of these changes, you should bring your passport, visa/identity card and your Police Registration Certificate.

Transfer from another force?

If you have already registered with the police in another force area and have now moved to the Avon and Somerset force area, you must update your Police Registration Certificate with this information.

Bring the following to one of the police stations listed above:

  • The completed registration form 85
  • Police Registration Certificate
  • Passport
  • Visa / biometric resident permit / letter from the Home Office
  • One photograph

Key contacts

For any further enquiries or for assistance with completing the application form, you can contact the Police Registration Unit:

Clifton Foreign National Registration Unit

2-10 Kings Parade Mews

01278 645594

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:30 - 12:45 and 14:00 - 15:15; Friday, 08:30 -12:00

Bath Foreign National Registration Unit

One Stop Shop
3-4 Manvers Street

01278 645566

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:00 - 12:45 and 14:00 - 15:15

Weston Super Mare Town Hall Police Station

Town Hall
Walliscote Grove Road
BS23 1UJ

View opening times on the Weston Super Mare Town Hall Police Station page

Related documents

  • Word icon Form 85 National Registration Form (MSWord)
    Last updated: 28 July 2017
  • PDF icon Form 85 National Registration Form( PDF)
    Last updated: 28 July 2017
  • PDF icon Form 85 Foreign National Registration Guidance
    Last updated: 23 December 2016