Police Registration

Students from some non-EEA countries who are studying for more than 6 months are required to register with the police within 7 days of arrival in the UK.

If your visa reads ‘Must register with the police within 7 days’ or something similar, you will need to make sure that you do this as soon as possible after you arrive in the UK. If your visa does not mention police registration, you do not have to register. the only exception to this is if you have had to send your passport to the Home Office Special arrangements are made for students arriving during Welcome Week in October at the Streatham Campus. Please check with ISSO if you arrive later. You may be able to attend one of these sessions or you may have to attend the Police Station in Heavitree Road.

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 Student Services at Cornwall Campus)
  • Your passport
  • Your visa
  • 1 passport size photograph
  • £34 pounds in cash (exact money please) to cover the administration fee

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. You will be able to collect your passport and new Police Certificate about 2 weeks later.

Please note: If you arrive during Freshers' Week the police will conduct police registration on the Streatham Campus on Friday at the Forum 09.30-17.00.They will return to the Forum on 10 October to hand back passports in the Forum.

Once you have registered, you should carry your certificate with you at all times and you must ensure that it is up to date. If you move house or extend your visa, you should report these changes to the police and they will update your certificate normally within the hour. You will not be required to pay another fee, and the police will not keep your passport.