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.
You will need to register with the police if:
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.
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.
Foreign nationals can register at any of the following locations:
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:
When reporting any of these changes, you should bring your passport, visa/identity card and your Police Registration Certificate.
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:
For any further enquiries or for assistance with completing the application form, you can contact the Police Registration Unit:
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:30 - 12:45 and 14:00 - 15:15; Friday, 08:30 -12:00
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:00 - 12:45 and 14:00 - 15:15