Do I need to register with the police?

Please note that it is not possible at present to book an appointment to register with the police due to Covid-19.  Once the Glasgow OVRO has re-opened we will announce this here.  If you need to register please send the OVRO an e-mail as discussed below and they will get back to you with an appointment when they are open again.

Nationals of countries listed here must register with the Police as a requirement of their visa if:

  • Their stay in the UK is longer than 6 months, and
  • The requirement to register with the police is stated on their Entry Clearance sticker (in passport), Entry Clearance Decision Letter or on the Biometric Residence Permit.

Further information on who is required to register with the police can be found on the UKCISA and UKVI webpages.

When to register or update your details

If you are required to register with the police it is important to do so within 7 days of collecting your BRP in the UK to avoid penalties or visa curtailment.

Registering for the first time: Police registration takes place at the Overseas Visitor Registration Office (OVRO) in Dalmarnock.  Once you have registered, you will receive a Police Registration Certificate - keep this safe as it is an important document.

Please note: we have been advised that if you have a 30 day visa sticker in your passport, you will not need to register with the police until you have collected your BRP.  Please see the letter you were given with your 30 day visa sticker for information from the UKVI on when and where to collect your BRP.

Making Changes:  It is vital that you keep your Police Registration Certificate up-to-date. You must go to the OVRO and update your certificate with any changes to your:

  • Address
  • Course
  • Passport, visa or BRP
  • Place of study
  • Marital status
  • Personal details (name, etc)

Opening Times:

  • Monday - Friday: 09.00-12.30 (appointment only)
  • Monday - Thursday 13:30 -15:30 (no appointment necessary, 'walk-in service') 

Changes and updates must be reported to the Police within 7 days of occurring.

Book an appointment to register

Choose one of the options below:

Option 1: Book in person

Book your appointment in person at the Overseas Visitor Registration Office (OVRO) directly.


2 French Street
G40 4EH


Take a train from either Glasgow Central Station or Partick (check train times here).  It is a short walk from Dalmarnock train station to the OVRO .

Option 2: Book by email

Email to: .  Ensure you include your full name and mobile phone number in all email correspondence.

Attend your appointment to register

Once you have booked the appointment you will need to prepare the following documents to take with you to the OVRO (2 French Street, Dalmarnock. G40 4EH).  Go to "Book an appointment to register" for details of how to get there.

See the Police Scotland webpages for a list of the required documents to take to your appointment and more about police registration.

  • Passport
  • BRP - current visa
  • Visa decision letter/email from Home Office (received after you applied for entry clearance or extension of leave to remain) - please have this ready to show the Police when you attend your appointment
  • Evidence of address in UK (e.g. tenancy agreement)

Leaving the UK

Students leaving the UK on a permanent basis, or for more than 2 months, should return their police registration certificate to the OVRO.  You must do this within the 2 weeks before you leave the UK (and at least 1 day before you leave).

          Ways to return your police registration certificate:

  • In person at Overseas Visitor Registration Office, 2 French Street, Dalmarnock, G40 4EH (no appointment needed - attend the "walk-in service"), or

  • By post to the OVRO (same address as above)


    When returning your Police Registration Certificate, you should also provide:

  • A copy of your flight details and

  • A covering letter explaining that you are leaving the UK (if returning by post)