Do I need to register with the police when I am staying in the United Kingdom (UK)?
Only foreign nationals aged 16 or over that are from a country listed in the table below are required to register with the police whilst residing in the UK.
However, depending on circumstances, some people from these countries do not have to register.
You must collect your Biometric Residence Permit, from your nominated Post Office within 10 days of arriving in the UK.
The requirement to register with the police may no longer be shown on Biometric Residence Permits or vignettes issued to enter the UK. You must check your decision letter.
If you are from one of the countries in the list below and are not sure if you have to register with the police, please contact your local Overseas Visitor Nationality Office (OVRO).
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Overseas Visitor Registration Offices (OVRO) in Scotland
OVRO opening hours, closures and local holiday arrangements vary for each area. Where no specific instruction is noted regards opening times or appointments please contact your local police station for advice.
Contact can be made with police stations by calling 101.
Police station opening times can be found by clicking the following link
Edinburgh, The Lothians and Scottish Borders, Forth Valley and Fife
The East of Scotland OVRO, which includes Edinburgh, The Lothians and Scottish Borders, Forth Valley and Fife, is based at Police Scotland, Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh.
If you are resident in Edinburgh, The Lothians or Scottish Borders you can make an initial registration at the following police stations:
Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh, EH4 1RB
Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3AX
West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, EH54 6FF
Wilton Hill, Hawick, TD9 7JU
3-4 Bridge Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SP
The OVRO office at Fettes Avenue Edinburgh operates an appointment system. You need to attend reception to book an appointment; reception opening hours are Monday to Sunday 0900-1700 hours. You must attend in person; appointments cannot be made over the phone or by email. You will be asked for your name and an email address. You will only be able to book an appointment for yourself and any dependants. One appointment slot per person and each person registering must attend.
Appointments will be available for Monday to Thursday 0830-1200 and 1230-1500.
Please ensure that you attend 10 minutes before your appointment, you will not be seen if you are late for your appointment and you will have to book for another day.
If you cannot attend your appointment you must cancel it as soon as possible in person at Fettes and re-book a suitable time.
If you require further information about registering or advising changes you can do this by e-mailing SCDOVROEast@Scotland.pnn.police.uk
or by calling 0131 311 3171/3977.
Once you are registered, changes of circumstances can be notified at any police station open to the public in that area.
If you are resident in Fife please report to your local police station where your initial registration or any changes in circumstances will be processed. If you require further information about registering or advising changes you can do this by e-mailing SCDOVROEast@Scotland.pnn.police.uk or call 0131 311 3171/3977.
If you are resident in Forth Valley please report to the following police stations for initial registration or changes of circumstances:
West Bridge Street, Falkirk, FK1 5AP
Randolphfield, Stirling, FK8 2HD
If you require further information about registering or advising changes you can do this by e-mailing SCDOVROEast@Scotland.pnn.police.uk or call 0131 311 3171/3977.
Perth & Kinross, Angus or Dundee
Foreign Nationals resident in the Perth & Kinross, Angus or Dundee areas should attend at the following police station for initial registration:
- West Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 9JU
The Dundee OVRO office is open for initial registrations by appointment only. Appointments can only be made via email: SCDOVRODundee@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Following initial registration, changes of circumstances can be notified at any police station open to the public in the 'D' Division area without appointment.
Inverness and the Highlands and Islands
The Dundee OVRO covers Inverness, the Highlands and Islands area. Foreign nationals resident in Inverness and the Highlands and Islands may attend at the addresses below for initial registration:-
- Divisional Headquarters, Old Perth Road, Inverness IV2 3SY
- Burnett Road, Inverness IV1 1RL
- Bridaig, Dingwall IV15 9QH
- High Street, Fort William PH33 6EE
- 18 Church Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2JD
- Burgh Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1AH
- Market Street, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0JN
Once registered any change of circumstance can be notifed at any police office open to the public across N Division.
No appointment systems operate either for initial registration or notifying a change of circumstance.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the office via email SCDOVRODundee@scotland.pnn.police.uk
or telephone 01382 596507.
Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray
If you are resident in the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray area please attend:
Aberdeen Police Station, Queen Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1ZA
The Aberdeen OVRO office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 0900 - 1230 hrs. & 1330 – 1530 hrs. for initial registrations and changes of circumstances.
An appointment system does operate in Aberdeen. All appointments should be made by e-mail. Registration Certificates are issued on the same day.
If you require further information about registering or advising changes you can do this by e-mailing SCDovroaberdeen@scotland.pnn.police.uk or call 01224 306 105
Dumfries & Galloway
If you are resident in the Dumfries & Galloway area please attend:
Police Scotland, Cornwall Mount, Dumfries, DG1 1PZ
If you require further information about registering or advising changes you can do this by e-mail SCDOVROdumfries@scotland.pnn.police.uk or call 01387 242 233
Argyll and West Dunbartonshire, Ayrshire, Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde
If you are resident in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire, Ayrshire, Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde area please attend:
Police Scotland, Clyde Gateway, 2 French Street, Dalmarnock, G40 4EH
Mornings Monday to Thursday from 9-12:30 will be for appointments only.
Appointments are by email only (SCDovroglasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk) or you can contact your International Students Office at your University or College who you should have appointment slots they can book for you.
The afternoon from 13.30 -15.30 Monday to Thursday will be for updating certificates or general queries.
Please note we will still be closed on Fridays.
Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before your appointment. Please note if you are late for your appointment this could result in your appointment being rescheduled for another day.
Please complete the below registration form and bring the completed form with you when attending for your appointment.
Although updating a Police Registration Certificate does not need an appointment you should arrive fifteen minutes before closure in mornings and afternoons in order that we can provide you with this service.
If you would like to arrange an appointment or have a query regarding any Police Registration matter please email us on SCDOVROglasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk or call 01786 895 560 leaving your contact number in case we have to speak with you to further resolve your query.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment to register or notify any changes at the OVROs?
Please check with each registration office.
What do I need to bring with me to register with the police for the first time?
To register with the police you are required to bring with you the following items:
| Your passport||
| Registration fee of £34||
| Two recent passport photographs||
| Your residence permit||
| Decision letter||
- Your 30 day short validity vignette in your passport will have allowed you entry to the UK. You must collect your Biometric Residence Permit from your designated Post Office prior to registering with the police. Remember the requirement to register with the police may no longer be shown on Biometric Residence Permits or vignettes issued to enter the UK. You must check your decision letter, which you should bring along to register with the police.
- If you are a student, you must bring your university/college offer letter with details of your studies and proof of address (lease / tenancy agreement).
- If an organisation or company is sponsoring your studies, you should bring a letter from the organisation to confirm this.
- If you are employed in the United Kingdom you must bring your work permit and details of your employers.
Will the registration certificate be available for collection the same day?
During peak times of registration it may not be possible to issue the registration certificate immediately. You will be advised/contacted when you should return to collect your registration certificate.
Is it possible to register at the university/college I am studying at?
No, but during the months of August, September and October, the OVRO may organise appointment-based registration days at some of the universities and colleges.
Details of how to make an appointment to register this way will be advertised throughout the universities and colleges.
If I change any of the details that are on my registration certificate, do I have to report these changes to the police?
Yes. After registering with the police and collecting your registration certificate, it is a condition that you report any of the following changes to the police:
- New address
- Any new landing conditions
- Extensions to your visa granted by the Home Office
- New passport
- New study information or change to university/college
- New employment
Any changes should be reported within
Will I be prosecuted if I do not report any changes to my registration?
You may be prosecuted if you do not report changes to the details on your registration certificate or do not keep to your visa requirements. This could result in either a fine of up to £5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.
When will my registration certificate expire?
Your registration certificate will not expire unless you go out of the United Kingdom for a continuous period of more than 1 year.
If you extend your visa or make any other changes your certificate will be updated and stamped when you report the change to your local police station as explained above.
What do I do when I am leaving the United Kingdom and plan not to return?
Before leaving the United Kingdom, you are required to return your registration certificate to your local police station, explaining that you are leaving the UK and giving the date of your departure and copies of flight details.
What if I am going on holiday out of the United Kingdom: do I return my registration certificate?
No, if you are leaving the UK for a short holiday you should keep your certificate with you.
If I lose my registration certificate, do I have to pay for another?
Yes, if you have lost your registration certificate, you must report the loss to your local police station and then attend, as explained above, at the OVRO with your passport and registration fee of £34.00 to obtain a replacement.
If my registration certificate is stolen?
If your registration certificate has been stolen, you must report the theft to your local police station and you are then given a Crime Report Reference number.
On receipt of this number you must attend, as explained above, at the OVRO with your passport and Crime Report reference number to enable a new certificate be issued. There may be a charge.