Police Registration For Foreign Nationals
Police registration for foreign nationals who reside in
You will be required to register if you are a person aged 16
years or over who is: (i) a national or citizen of a country or
territory listed below (ii) a stateless person or (iii) a person
holding a non-national travel document
You will only be required to register if somewhere on
your visa, Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or the letter
accompanying the BRP, the words Police Registration or Pol.
Please note: Only Foreign Nationals who are 16
years of age and over are required to register. If under 16 years
old and the VISA shows a requirement to register, they should only
register when they reach the age of 16.
United Arab Emirates
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible to arrange an appointment.
You will need to state your full name and Nationality, whether
you are registering for the first time, your address and where you
are studying/ working.
For exemptions please go to the UKBA website and select Police
How can I contact the Sussex Police Nationality
Sussex Police Headquarters
We do not see members of the public at this office. You
will need to make an appointment to attend a planned registration
Where can I register?
The Nationality Unit hold regular registration sessions at
police stations across Sussex, please see the list below to find
your nearest station and click for full details:
Crawley Police Station
Customer Contact Point
Hove Police Contact Point
We also visit some language schools and universities to register
students. Please contact The Nationality Unit to book an
What do I need to bring with me to register with the
police for the first time?
- Download, print and complete the registration form and guidance.
- Your passport.
- Biometric Residence Permit (if you have been issued with one)
and the letter that accompanied the BRP.
- Two recent passport size photographs.
- Registration fee of £34.00 (cash only).
- If you are a student, please bring your CAS letter or letter
from your school or college with details of your studies.
- If you are employed in the United Kingdom you must bring
details of your employment.
- If you are self employed please provide the documents to prove
What happens at the
You will be required to
Date and country of
Address in the UK
Last residence outside
Date and place of
arrival in the UK
Place of study (if
Employment details (if
Duration of leave and
Each appointment lasts
approximately 15 minutes and your documents will be returned to you
at the time of registration along with your Police Registration
If I change any of the details that are on my
registration certificate, do I have to report these changes to the
The Rules of the Police Registration Scheme require you to
report changes as follows:
- New address
- Any new landing conditions
- Extensions to your visa / Residence Permit card issued by
- New passport
- New study information or change to university/college
- New employment
- Change of marital status
- Exemption from Police Registration
- Change of Nationality
Once you have received your Police Registration Certificate
(PRC) you are advised not to carry this with you but to keep it in
a safe place together with your passport/travel documents. If you
are asked to produce the PRC, you will be given 48 hours in which
to do so at any police station.
Any changes should be reported within 7 days.
You can do this by sending the information to us by post. We
would advise sending your documents by recorded or special
delivery. Sussex Police will not be held liable for anything lost
in the post. If you would like your documents returned the same way
please provide a pre-paid recorded or special delivery envelope for
us to return your documents.
In all cases you will need to send in your Police Registration
For a change of address we will also need to see proof , for
example a utility bill, bank statement or tenancy agreement.
For a new visa you will need to send in your passport and
Residence Permit card if you have been issued with one.
There is no fee to pay when you notify any of the above
changes to Sussex Police.
When will my registration certificate
Your registration certificate will expire if you are out of the
United Kingdom for a continuous period of more than 1 year.
If I move to an address outside Sussex what should I
You must report to the local police within 7 days. They will
inform you of the procedure in their area. There will be no charge
and you can continue to use the same certificate.
Will there be any penalties if I do not report any
changes to my registration?
Failure to register with the police is an offence under Section
26(1) (f) of the Immigration Act 1971 and, where a person fails to
register, the police can consider prosecution. You can be liable to
a fine of up to £5,000, six months imprisonment, or both. Requests
for further leave to remain may not be accepted if you do not
report relevant changes to the police.
If I am leaving the United Kingdom temporarily should I
return my registration certificate?
No, if you are leaving the UK for a short stay you should keep
your certificate with you.
What should I do if my Police Registration Certificate
is stolen, lost or damaged?
In all cases you must contact the Nationality Unit to arrange an
appointment to get a new certificate. You will be required to pay
£34 for a replacement.
If it is stolen you must report it to your local police
I sent in my documents some time ago and haven't heard
anything what should I do?
If you have sent in your documents by special or recorded
delivery, you can go on to the Royal
Mail Track and Trace website. This will confirm whether it has
been received at our office. If it has, please email email@example.com
and we will then be able to tell you whether the documents have
been processed by us and, if so, the date they were returned to
Please state clearly the address that you would like
your documents to be returned to.
Why do I have to register?
Please visit the UKBA website where you will find instructions
for the Police Registration Scheme.