How to register
Where you register is determined by where you live as opposed to where you work or study. If you live in London and have been required to register with the police (an essential part of many Foreign Nationals’ visa conditions), please use our secure online registration portal.
If you are using the online portal for the first time, you will be required to create and validate your account within one hour for which you will receive an email. You can only set up one account per person so you will need to use a different e-mail address for each person registering.
Once you have set up an account and entered your details you will need to upload a UK passport sized photograph (45mm high x 35mm wide) and make an appointment using our online calendar.
The registration process will be regarded as fully completed when you attend your appointment and have been issued with a Police Registration Certificate (PRC).
Registration with the police is a legal requirement. If you fail to register without reasonable cause, you may face:
- a £5,000 fine
- a prison sentence
- recommendation of deportation
- a ten year ban on entering the UK
Booking an appointment
You will be required to select a counter number when booking your appointment. Please note, this does not necessarily mean that you will be registered at the counter you have selected. OVRO staff will assist you upon arrival to the office.
An appointment confirmation e-mail will be sent to you once you have successfully booked an appointment and uploaded your photograph.
Please check what to bring with you
When your details change
You must report the following changes within 7 days of the change by accessing your online account and following the instructions.
You must report any of the following changes within seven days:
- change of address
- change of college/university/course
- change of occupation
- change in marital status
- new landing conditions (re-entry visa)
- new visa details (leave to remain visa)
- new passport details
When you Transfer to London
If you are already registered but have moved to another police force area
If you're moving to London for the first time after having registered with another police force in the UK, you now need to register with us
A new online account will need to be created by accessing OVRO London’s webpage. The ’Transfer’ link (not ‘New Registration’) should be selected. An appointment should then be made to attend OVRO and complete the process.
If you go to live in another area in the UK, you must contact the police there or use their website to obtain details on how to register.
If you lose your certificate
If you've lost your police registration certificate, you will need to access your account and follow the instructions.
A Lost, stolen or damaged replacement certificate will incur a fee of £34.
Please make sure you arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your appointment time. If you're late, you may not be accepted and will be required to book another appointment.