Police Registration & Immigration Compliance

This section hold important information on registering with the police and immigration compliance.

Where and when to register for the first time

Where to register

Police Registration takes place at the Overseas Visitor Registration Office (OVRO):

Police Scotland, OVRO, Clyde Gateway, 2 French Street, Dalmarnock, G40 4EH.

Once you have registered, you will receive a Police Registration Certificate - keep this safe as it is an important document.

When to register

If you are required to register with the Police, you must e-mail the OVRO to request an appointment to register for the first time - send this email within 7 days of collecting your BRP in the UK to avoid penalties or visa curtailment.  Please note: we have been advised that if you have a 30 or 90-day visa sticker in your passport, you will not need to register with the Police until you have collected your BRP.  You do not need to have an appointment within the above-mentioned 7-day period but you do need to have sent the email within this timeframe.  Keep the e-mail you sent safe as evidence of this. 

Please be on time for your appointment. If you are late for your appointment, this could result in your appointment being rescheduled.

Who needs to register

Nationals of certain countries who come to live in the UK for more than 6 months are required to register with the Police. This condition will usually be confirmed on your visa decision letter or email.

Booking an appointment

Appointments must be requested by emailing SCDOVROglasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk Ensure you include:

  • your full name and
  • your mobile phone number in the email.
Students are reminded not to send more than 1 email requesting a Police Registration appointment to OVRO Glasgow - please send 1 appointment request email and await the response from OVRO Glasgow.  It may take time for OVRO Glasgow to reply to your email.  Please do not worry about this but keep the email you send and the reply you receive from OVRO Glasgow as evidence that you have been in contact to register with the Police.
Also UofG students living in Glasgow should please ensure that they only email OVRO Glasgow to request an appointment - please do not send appointment request emails to OVRO Edinburgh.

Appointments must be booked for both registering with the police for the first time and for making updates to an existing Police Registration Certificate. Please do not attend OVRO without a booked appointment.

Please note that, currently, the University of Glasgow International Student Support team do not have the facility to book Police Registration appointments on behalf of students, therefore students should email the Police directly.


Below is a list of the supporting documents required for your appointment:

  • Passport
  • BRP (your current visa)
  • Visa decision letter/email from Home Office (received after you applied for entry clearance or extension of leave to remain) showing that you are required to register with the Police
  • Evidence of address in UK (e.g. tenancy agreement)
  • 2 recent passport photographs

How to prepare for your appointment

Prepare your supporting documents and application form. We have prepared an example of a completed Police Registration Form which you can use to help you to complete your form before you attend your appointment.

Plan your travel in advance.  You can travel to Dalmarnock train station from Glasgow Central or Partick train station.  See the Scotrail website for train times.  Use this map to help you walk from Dalmarnock train station to the OVRO

Police Scotland - police registration information

Making updates to an existing Police Registration Certificate

You must keep your Police Registration Certificate up-to-date. You must update your certificate with any changes to your:

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

Changes and updates must be reported to the Police within 7 days of occurring. Please note, currently an appointment must be requested for updates to existing Police Registration Certificates. Please do not attend OVRO without a booked appointment.

Immigration Compliance

As well as registering with the Police, there are other requirements that you will need to meet if you are a Tier 4 (General) or Student visa holder:

Your responsibilities

Visa Registration

Student Check-ins

Visa extensions


Leaving the UK

If you are leaving the UK permanently or for more than 3 months, you must:

  • Email OVRO with your name, date of birth, Police Registration Certificate number and a copy of your flight information so OVRO can update their records to show that you are leaving the UK.

We have been advised that you should keep your Police Registration Certificate. This will remain valid for 12 months. If you return to the UK within the 12 month period (for example to work or to study), you can contact OVRO to get your new information updated on your existing Police Registration Certificate. If you return to the UK after the 12 month period, you must go through the registration process from the beginning again to be issued with a new certificate.