Police Registration

Do I need to register with the police?

If you are studying for more than 6 months and from one of the countries listed below, you are required to register with the police within 7 days of arrival in the UK as a condition of your visa.  

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

The police registration condition will be noted on your 30-day entry clearance vignette (visa sticker) or your Home Office decision letter.  It is important that you arrange to register as soon as you can as it is an offence not to under section 26(1)(f) of the Immigration Act 1971 and failure to register could have future immigration implications. 

I’m still unsure if this applies to me

If your visa does not mention police registration please check your decision letter to see if it is noted there. Chances are if it is not mentioned on either you do not have to register, but if you are a national of one of the above countries and think that there is a mistake, please speak to an International Student Adviser who can advise you further.  

Where do I register?

There are special arrangements during Freshers' Week where the police will come on to campus (Streatham and Penryn) to register students.  Details of when this will take place are included in the International Welcome Programme. 

At any other time, you should go directly to the Exeter Police Station, or the Truro Police Station if you are a Penryn student, to register and to collect your registration certificate.

Exeter Police Station

The city police station is Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Heavitree Road (opposite St Luke’s Campus) Exeter (map). Their office is open Monday to Friday from 08.30 - 18.00. 

Cornwall Police Station

The nearest police station is in Truro: Devon and Cornwall Police, Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1XU (map). This is open Monday - Friday 9:00 - 13:15 and 14:00 - 17:00. 

What will I need?

Whether you register on campus or at the Police Station you will need to bring the following original documents:

  • completed application form (download form no.67 from here)
  • confirmation letter showing that you are a registered student (you can get this from the SID Desk in the Forum or the PIP desk in Penryn)
  • Your passport, plus photocopy
  • Your visa, plus photocopy
  • 1 passport size photograph
  • £34 pounds in cash (exact money please) to cover the administration fee

 Your Police Registration Certificate will be ready about 2-3 weeks later, please make sure you collect it promptly

Anything else I need to do?

Once you have registered you must make sure you keep your certificate up to date. If you move house, extend your visa or change your name, you should report these changes to the police and they will update your certificate normally within the hour at no extra cost. The Police registration condition is usually noted on your Home Office decision letter and not your BRP card so you will need to keep this letter safe as you may be asked to take it to the police station with you.  

What if my certificate is lost or stolen?

Make sure that you’ve looked in all the usual places before notifying the police.  If the certificate is lost then you can report this on www.reportmyloss.com. For stolen certificates, visit your local police station and let them know what has happened.  You will then need to submit a new registration form and pay the £34 fee again.