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Police registration

Do I need to register with the Police?

If you come from one of the following countries then you will have a stamp in your passport that says you must register with the police within 7 days of arriving in the UK:

AfghanistanBoliviaIranLebanonPeruTunisia
AlgeriaBrazilIraqLibyaQatarTurkey
ArgentinaChinaIsraelMoldovaRussiaTurkmenistan
ArmeniaColombiaJordanMoroccoSaudi ArabiaU.A.E.
AzerbaijanCubaKazakhstanNorth KoreaSudanUkraine
BahrainEgyptKyrgyzstanOmanSyriaUzbekistan
BelarusGeorgiaKuwaitPalestineTajikistanYemen

Why is it important to register with the police?

Registering with the police is a legal immigration requirement of your permission to enter and remain in the UK. If you fail to register with the police you could be prosecuted and a note of this will be placed on your immigration record. This may have a negative impact on any future visa applications you make. You should also be aware that you must provide your up to date Police Registration Certificate when making a visa extension application and also if you need to apply for a replacement visa due to loss or theft.

What do I need to do if I have not registered with the police before?

If this is the first time you are registering with the police then you must book an appointment to carry out this important procedure. Please see below for information on how to book an appointment.

When you attend your appointment you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Your passport;
  • 2 passport photographs;
  • £34 registration fee - this must be paid in cash and you should have the correct money available;
  • Proof that you are a student - this can be either your Student ID card, your CAS email or offer letter;
  • Completed police registration questionnaire. The questionnaire and guidance notes are available to download below:

Police registration questionnaire

Guidance notes for completing the police registration questionnaire

What if I have already registered but my circumstances have changed?

If you have previously registered but your circumstances have changed then you must report this to the police within 7 days and your certificate will be updated. There is no charge for updating your certificate. 

Please report any of the following changes and provide relevant documents as evidence:

What’s changed? What documents/evidence required?

Your current Police Registration Certificate, your passport and only 1 of the following documents
Change of addressCardiff University accommodation = residences card only.
Private accommodation = tenancy agreement/ contract, or gas/electric/water bill that shows your new address
Change of UniversityCardiff University student ID card or a print out of your CAS email from Cardiff University
Change of marital statusMarriage certificate, or divorce certificate
Extension to visa granted by UKBABiometric Residence Permit (BRP)
Change of passportNew passport

How can I book an appointment with the Police?

You must book an appointment to register with the Police or update your Police Registration Certificate. Appointments are available as follows:

Dates: Every Wednesday 

Time: 09.30 – 13.00

Venue: Deri House, 2 – 4 Park Grove (map ref. 60)

You must book an appointment in advance by using the online booking system

What do I do if I've lost my Police Registration Certificate?

You will need to re-register with the police as if it is the first time you have done so. Please see the section "What do I need to do if I have not registered with the police before" above. You will be charged £34.

What should I do when I leave the UK?

When you finally leave the UK at the end of your studies you must return your Police Registration Certificate to the Nationality Office using the following address:

The Nationality Office, Rumney Police Station, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF3 4FD

Registering with the Police is an important procedure. If you are in any doubt about what you need to do, please contact us.