***Please note that the Police registering of foreign nationals will cease with immediate effect until further notice due to COVID-19 and following Governmental advice.
All existing appointments will be cancelled and re-arranged when possible.
If you need to register, this requirement will be shown on your visa, passport, Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or Home Office letter.
Failure to register with the relevant police force when required to do so risks a fine of £5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.
You will need to register with the police if:
Foreign Nationals from the countries listed above will be issued with a new 30-day short term entry vignette visa. This visa will state whether you are required to register with the police and allows entry into the UK.
When issued with your visa, the Home Office will write to you to confirm. It will also show the start and expiry date of your visa.
You will need to take this letter and your passport to collect your biometric resident permit visa from a designated post office close to where you are living.
To register you need to go to the online registration and appointment site and book your appointment. This page is managed on our behalf by Avon & Somerset Police but your appointment will be at one of three locations in Wiltshire and Swindon.
Take your completed form to one of the three nominated Police Stations along with the following documents:
You will not be registered or have your records/ Police Registration Certificate (PRC) updated if you do not provide all of the above documentation.
Your passport, Biometric card or documentation supplied by the UK Border Agency or Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate (HOIND) will be endorsed with the Police Registration Certificate number and date stamped.
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. If you are asked to produce the PRC, you will be given 48 hours in which to do so at any police station.
You can attend any of the following police stations to register
If you are already registered as a foreign national you will need to re-register using our new application process. When using the application for the first time you will need to use the New Registration options.
Any of the following changes must be reported within 7 days:
When reporting any of these changes, you should bring all supporting documentation, such as:
Your Police Registration Certificate is a legal document.
If you have previously registered with us and have either lost, damaged or had your Registration Certificate stolen you must contact us for a new one.
You will be asked to explain how the loss, theft or damage occurred during your appointment.
Only apply for a new certificate when all other methods of finding the certificate have been carried out. You will be charged for a new certificate.
When you come to the appointment you must bring your:
If you have already registered with another police force and have now moved to the Wiltshire and Swindon area, you must update your Police Registration Certificate with this information.
Go to the online registration and appointment portal to make an appointment with us.
When you come to your appointment, you must bring your:
For any further enquiries or for assistance with completing the application form, please contact the Police Registration Unit at:
2-10 Kings Parade Mews, Clifton ,Bristol, BS8 2RE
Call: 01278 645594
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 8.30am - 12:45pm and 2pm - 3.15pm, Friday, 8.30am - midday