If you are required to register with the police or need to update your details, you must ensure you have booked an appointment within 7 days or before leaving the UK, whichever is the sooner. However, if the first available appointment is not until after the date you will leave the UK, this will not prevent you from traveling. We would advise that you bring a print-out of the appointment booking confirmation provided to you by the police online system in your hand luggage, so that you can show this to the border official when re-entering the UK if requested. Please also remember to bring other documents that we recommend as detailed on our immigration web pages.
- Please scroll down this page and check carefully that you currently live in West Midlands Police force area. If you do not, you will need to register with Warwickshire Police instead.
- Once you are sure that you have the right police force, enter your details on the online system, and when asked to select an appointment, check the locations "Digbeth Police Station Desk 1" and "Digbeth Police Station Desk 2" carefully (this is located in Birmingham). Please navigate through the diary using the left-right navigation buttons - the "Next Available Appointments" button does not function correctly.
- Please note that West Midlands Police appointments may be a substantial time in the future. If the only availlable appointment is after you are due to leave the UK permanently or for an extended period (e.g. summer vacation), book the next available appointment regardless (even if you will be unable to attend), then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your: full name, the email address you used when registering with the police, the preferred date and time for an appointment (refer to opening hours here) and the date on which you will leave the UK. If you do not receive a response from the police within 10 working days, please contact us.
- Please scroll down this page and check carefully that you currently live in Warwickshire Police force area. If you do not, you will need to register with West Midlands Police instead.
- Once you are sure that you have the right police force, enter your details on the online system, and when asked to select an appointment, check the location "Leamington Spa Justice Centre" carefully and book the next available appointment. Please navigate through the diary using the left-right navigation buttons - the "Next Available Appointments" button does not function correctly.
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.
You need to book a Police Registration appointment within 7 days of arriving in the UK if you are from: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan or Yemen
any one of the following conditions also apply:
- Your visa has the requirement to register
- You are in the UK and switching to a visa which requires you to register
- Your visa is for longer than 6 months
- You are 16 years or older
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 between October and December (Warwickshire Police), or you have booked the first appointment available to you on the online system (West Midlands Police). However, you are still required to book an appointment within 7 days of arriving in the UK.
All students required to complete a Police registration need to create an account and book an appointment via the online system, delivered by the Police.
The Police Registration Process involves 2 stages:
- Create an account and book an appointment*** via the online system delivered by the Police -
see information below
***You must do this within 7 days of arriving in the UK***
- Attend a face to face appointment - see address information here
***Provided you are a Warwick student and you have booked the first available appointment on the online system (West Midlands) or booked an appointment between October and December (Warwickshire), this step does not need to be completed within 7 days of arriving in the UK, although you must have booked the appointment within that time***
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:
If you live on campus (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:
How to use the Online Registration System
To help you use the online police registration system managed by the police, please check the step-by-step pdf guides below.
Please note that these include screenshots from the West Midlands Police booking system. If you require an appointment with Warwickshire Police, the process is identical, and all screens are the same.
If you haven't used the system before, you will need to start with "Set Up an Account".
What would you like to do?
- your Passport and visa/Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card), as well as any letters you have received from the Home Office stating that you are required to register with the police
- new registrations only: two passport-sized photographs of yourself
- Proof of address required from an ‘official body’ - such as your Student Status Letter
- new registrations only: the registration fee of £34 - Warwickshire off-campus appointments accept cash only/West Midlands accept card payments only.
- new registrations only: your letter from the home office stating that you are required to register with the police (not required if you have a stamp/vignette in your passport showing "Police Registration")
- change of details/transfers only: your existing Police Registration Certificate
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 re-submitting your details using the online system for the correct police force. You will need to book and attend another appointment with the police, ensuring you take the correct documents with you, but will not be asked to pay the fee a second time.
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 are certain that you have completely lost your certificate, you can apply for a new one from the police. You can do this by re-submitting your details using the online system for the correct police force. You will need to book and attend another appointment with the police, ensuring you take the correct documents with you, including payment of £34 for your new certificate.
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 charged £34 for a replacement certificate.
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 holds on campus Police Registrations for Warwick students and dependants during the first term.
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 Justice Centre
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
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 station. 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.
During term 1 only, for your convenience, Warwick offers you the opportunity to attend a police registration appointment on Campus. Please ensure you have read all of the above information before booking and attending an appointment. These appointments will be available to book from mid-September onwards. During terms 2 and 3, you will need to register off-campus at Digbeth Police Station (for West Midlands Police) or Leamington Spa Justice Centre (for Warwickshire Police).