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Police Registrations

When you arrive in the UK, you may need to register with the police – to confirm information about your address in the UK and the course you're studying. Please read the important information on this page before booking an appointment with the Police.

Do I need to register?

If you are a new arrival to the UK and required to register with the Police this will be stated in your passport – there will be a sticker or a stamp. If you have an existing Police Registration Certificate but have recently moved address or changed course, you must also see the Police to update your certificate

Find out more on the Immigration rules page of the UK Visas and Immigration website – click here for the list of countries whose nationals need to register with the Police.

How do I register?

You normally need to register within seven days of your arrival in the UK. It is a criminal offence not to register with the police if you are required to. During the first term, Warwick host on campus Police registrations for Warwick students and dependants. Therefore, the seven day rule is relaxed for Warwick students and dependants as long as you have a booked appointment to see the Police during the first term.

All students required to complete a Police registration need to create an account via the new online system, delivered by the Police.

The Police Registration Process involves 2 stages:

  1. Create an account via the online system delivered by the Police - see information below
  2. Attend a face to face appointment - see address information here
Which Police Force do I need to book an appointment with?

The campus of the University of Warwick is split over two regional police forces. Where you need to register with the Police will depend on where you are living. You will not know this until you arrive on campus, please see below:

West Midlands

If you live on campus including Benefactors (except Hurst, Lakeside, Heronbank, Sherbourne, Redfern and Cryfield) or in Coventry you need to register with West Midlands.

If you have not already registered or pre-booked an appointment, please register your details online:

If you live on campus in Hurst, Redfern, Lakeside, Heronbank, Sherbourne or Cryfield residences or if you live in Leamington Spa or Kenilworth you need to register with Warwickshire

If you have not already registered or pre-booked an appointment, please register your details online: 

To see a map of campus accommodation alongside the correct Police force, click here.

What documents do I need to attend my appointment?
  • your Passport and visa/Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card)
  • two passport-sized photographs of yourself
  • Proof of address required from an ‘official body’ - such as your Student Status Letter
  • the registration fee of £34 - Warwickshire appointments accept cash only/ West Midlands accept both cash and card payments.
Notifying the Police of any changes

Throughout your time in the UK, you must report to the police within seven days of the following changes:

  • change of address
  • change of course, school, college or university
  • change of name, marital status or birth of children
  • extension of stay granted by UK Visas and Immigration
  • change of passport
  • temporary absence of eight weeks or more from your registered address

You can do this by submitting your information to the University; you will redirected to the online system delivered by the Police.

Lost or Stolen Police Registration Certificates

If you have lost you Police registration certificate: please look carefully for your police registration certificate. If you have left it at a previous address, whether overseas or in the UK, try to get it posted to you, even if it takes several weeks to arrive. If you definitely cannot find your police registration certificate you must submit your information to the University; you will redirected to the online system delivered by the Police.

If your police registration certificate is stolen: you must report this to your local police station immediately and get a crime number from them. If you live in campus or in Coventry you should go to Little Park Street police station; if you live in Leamington Spa you should go to the police station there. You will then need to apply for a new police registration in Birmingham or Leamington Spa as appropriate, for which there will be a charge of £34. When you register for your new police registration certificate you will need to provide your crime number.

The police should stamp your Police Registration Certificate when they update it following one of the above changes. If they don't please ask them to.

Please note: you will be charge £34 for a replacement certificate.

Leaving the UK

If you hold a Police Registration Certificate, you need to notify the police when you leave the UK for the last time. The University of Warwick will be holding on campus Police Registrations for Warwick students and dependants during the first term. These dates are yet to be confirmed.

Off Campus Police Stations

Students that have completed the online registration and been issued with a police appointment off campus, please read the following information. Off campus appointments will be held with one of the following Registration offices. Please note students will no longer be seen by Police staff without a pre-booked appointment.

Warwickshire Police

Warwickshire Justice Centre
Newbold Terrace
Leamington Spa
CV32 4EL

The phone number for Warwickshire Police is 01926 451111

Opening Hours: 2:30pm - 4:30pm from Monday to Saturday (except on bank holidays).

West Midlands Police

Overseas Visitors Registration Office
Digbeth Police Station
113 Digbeth
B5 6DT

Opening hours: 9:00am until 3pm, Monday to Thursday. Closed on Fridays and at weekends and on bank holidays

For your information: The nearest train station is Birmingham Moor Street, but Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill and Bordesley Station are also within walking distance of the police. Trains from Coventry usually go to Birmingham New Street.

If you are a wheelchair user or will have any specific needs concerning accessibility of the building you should call the police beforehand to book an appointment on 0121 6265307.