Registering with the police
If you are a new international student, check your vignette visa sticker (for visa applications made overseas) or the Home Office letter confirming your visa application (for visa applications made in the UK) to find out whether you need to register with the police.
If you are unsure whether you need to register with the police, check the Home Office website.
If you need to register with the police, you have seven days to complete the online registration after you arrive in the UK.
When you register online, you need to book an appointment with the Police Registration Unit. You can book the first available time slot, which could be a few weeks after you’ve registered.
If you currently hold a Police Registration Certificate, you will also need to register online and book an appointment if you have:
- changed address
- changed institution
- changed course
- changed marital status
- extended your visa
- need a replacement Registration Certificate following damage, loss or theft
How to register
You will need to log on to the Avon and Somerset Police Registration application portal with a valid email address to register.
You will be asked to complete an online application form and upload the necessary documents. You will then be able to select an appointment date and time.
Important: if no appointments are available, you will be issued with an acknowledgement. It is important that you should keep a record of this acknowledgement.
Your Police Registration appointment
Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place at some of these offices. When attending an appointment, please remember that you will be required to wear a face mask during the appointment.
Appointments last 10 minutes and take place at the Police Registration Unit in the centre of Bath, located on Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JQ. We recommend you use the Bath Police Unit office, however you may book an appointment for the Bristol (Clifton) office if you prefer. Please do not select other venues outside of Bath or Bristol.
You will receive an appointment reminder 24 hours before your appointment.
On the day of your appointment, please ensure that you arrive no sooner than 10 minutes prior to your appointment at your chosen venue.
You will need to bring the following documents to your appointment:
Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if you have one
Your passport with your entry visa vignette
UK Visas and Immigration decision letter*
£34 registration fee – this must be in cash – you cannot make a payment by card (new registration)
If you are a new student, you will be able to collect your Police Registration Certificate at the appointment. If you are already registered with the police and wish to make changes, please bring your Certificate to be corrected to the appointment.
For more information, please visit Avon and Somerset Police.
If you require a visa extension, you will need to scan and upload your original Police Registration Certificate as part of your visa application. Should you wish to attend a Student visa Extension Service application, you will need to bring your police registration certificate with you to the appointment.
*Important: please ensure that you bring your Home Office decision letter (which confirms your requirement to register with the police) to the appointment, or, alternatively, your Home Office Atlas email which confirms that your leave to remain has been successful. You will not be able to register without either of those. If you have lost the letter / deleted the email, you will need to contact the Home Office to request a further copy before attending your appointment.