Overseas Visitor Registration - Registering with the Police
Police Scotland Overseas Visitor Registration Offices are currently closed.
Appointments for initial registrations and changes of circumstances are not being offered.
Foreign Nationals with existing appointments after December 25th 2020 should not attend the police station.
Information concerning re-opening dates will be provided when available.
The inability to register with police because of COVID-19 restrictions has been deemed a reasonable excuse by the Home Office and will not adversely affect the immigration status of Foreign Nationals in the UK.
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 for initial registrations, to replace lost/stolen certificates or continuation certificates only no change of circumstances will be taken at Fettes. To book an appointment please email SCDOVROEast@Scotland.pnn.police.uk with the following information;
• Place of Study
• Date of arrival into the UK and which country you started your journey
• If you have quarantined for 14 days and the end date of the quarantine (even if date has passed)
You will then receive an appointment via email along with all the relevant information you require for your appointment.
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. Except for Fettes reception, you can only attend Fettes if you have a pre-arranged appointment.
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 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.
Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray
Foreign Nationals resident in the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray should attend at the following Police Station for initial registrations and changes of circumstances:
Aberdeen Police Station, Queen Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1ZA
The Aberdeen OVRO office is open by appointment only for initial registrations and changes of circumstances.
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.
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
From the morning of 23/11/2020 all Appointments for OVRO Glasgow have been cancelled until further notice. We take the health of our customers very seriously and this must come first. Students should keep their appointment notice or email from us which shows that they did have an appointment. Please do not email or go into other Police Stations in Scotland. Those required to register or update their certificates as part of their visa conditions should not worry about the seven day registration period, this decision has been taken in conjunction with the Home Office and deemed as a reasonable excuse for failing to register within the seven days stated in the
legislation. We will be monitoring Covid-19 virus on a regular basis and when it is considered prudent to do so we will re-open and inform all Educational Establishments in Glasgow as well as publish information on our website.
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 Initial Registration appointments only.
Appointments are all arranged by email (SCDOVROglasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk)
The afternoon from 13.30 -15.15 Monday to Thursday will be for updating certificates, change of circumstances or general queries. This is also arranged by appointment only.
Please note we will still be closed on Fridays.
Please ensure that you arrive 5 minutes before your appointment. Those who arrive late or forget documentation required for appointment will not been seen and have to book in for another appointment. Due to the one way system, people will have to wait outside the building before entry or will be asked to come back at their correct time.
Please complete the below registration form and bring the completed form with you when attending for your appointment.
• Overseas Visitors Registration Office (OVRO) Initial Registration Document
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
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
Other points to consider:
- 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 7 days.
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.