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The following passport holders are required to register with the police after they collect their BRP in the UK and also update their details as required:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong SAR, 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, Yemen, Stateless or travelling on a non-national document (i.e. Travel Document).

When you register with the police, you will be issued a police registration certificate. It is important you keep this document in a safe place. You do not need to carry it around with you in Cambridge. 

Police registration is undertaken in Cambridge at Parkside Police Station (postcode CB1 1JG). 

New students to the UK​

The Police Station advises not to request an appointment for registration until after arrival in the UK. 

For students starting in Michaelmas Term 2022, arrangements on how to book an appointment will updated on this webpage closer to the start of the academic year.  

Please read the following information:

  • Your visa decision letter may advise you to register with the police within 7 days. The Police Station in Cambridge advises that this is not necessary as long as you request an appointment to attend after arrival in the UK.
  • You may need to wear a face covering in the Police Station.   
  • You may wish to bring your own pen to use but make sure it is black ink.   
  • You will need to bring the following to the appointment: 
    • your passport; 
    • your BRP OR your visa decision letter if you have not yet collected your BRP; 
    • two passport size photographs - taken recently and at the same time;
    • £34 in cash;  
    • Registration Form – if possible you should try and complete this before arriving for your appointment. 

To request an appointment, email Parkside Police Station at ovrd@cambs.pnn.police.uk. It may take some time for the Police Station to respond to your email. You do not need to worry about this, as long as you attend the appointment on the day. 

Different arrangements for booking an appointment if arriving in the UK to start study in Michaelmas Term will be in place and will be updated on this webpage closer to the start of the academic year. 

Previously studied in the UK but new to Cambridge

If you have previously studied in the UK but are new to Cambridge, you will need to update the police with your new details at the Police Station within 7 days of arriving. The reception is normally open Monday to Friday, 09.15 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.00 (not including bank holidays). You do not need to make an appointment. You need to take your passport, Certificate of Registration, your decision letter and BRP. If you have a new visa with a digital status only and will not receive a BRP, you should bring the email from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) notifying you of the decision. You may need to wear a mask in the station. Only those reporting updates should enter the Police Station; family and friends not updating certificate should wait outside.

During your studies

Once you have registered you will need to inform the police of the following changes in your circumstances within 7 days: change of address, change place of study, if you renew your passport, you are issued a new BRP or vignette in your passport, marital status or if any other details on your Police Registration Certificate change. Take your passport, Certificate of Registration and BRP to the Police Station. If you have a new visa with a digital status only and will not receive a BRP, you should bring the email from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) notifying you of the decision. An appointment is not necessary for this but police registration certificates can only be updated when the reception is open, normally Monday to Friday, 9:15-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 (not including bank holidays). 

If you lose your Certificate of Registration or it has been damaged, you should email the Police Station at ovro@cambs.pnn.police.uk for an appointment for a replacement registration document. Please include in your email your residential address, name of the Department/Faculty you are studying with, a photo or scan of your UK entry vignette and the front of your BRP card.