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Durham University


Police Registration

Once you have arrived in the UK, you may be required to regsitered with the Police.

List of countries whose nationals are required to register with the Police

If you are required to register with the Police, you will be instructed to do this in one of the following ways:

  • Your visa (vignette in your passport) or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will state 'Police Regsitration' or 'Register with the Police', or;
  • You may be contacted via a letter which you will need to take with you when you register with the Police

Please note the following important information:

  • You must register with the Police within 7 days of arriving in the UK
  • Failure to comply with the regulations is an Offence under section 26(1) (f) of the Immigration Act 1971 and could render you liable to a fine of £5000 and or six months imprisonment

Students living in Durham

If you are a new student at Durham and you are living in Durham or the surrounding area, you must book an appointment to register with Durham Police.

Please note the following important information:

  • Appointments are not always available within 7 days of arrival in the UK and you must book the first appointment available to you
    • You should book within 7 days of arriving in the UK, even if the appointment date is after the 7 day period
  • You MUST ATTEND your appointment, even if it clashes with with any academic commitment
    • You should inform staff on your programme that you will not be present at that time

Create an account and book an appointment with Durham Police online

Once you have created an account and booked an appointment with Durham Police you will be given details of when and where to attend.

If you have difficulties with any part of the form or the website, you can contact the Foreign National Registration office on: (0191) 3752054 or via email:

What should I take with me?

At your appointment, you must provide:

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or visa (and accompanying letter if available)
  • University Offer Letter / CAS
  • Proof of your address in Durham (Tenancy Agreement / University confirmation letter including room number)
  • £34 registration fee (cash only)

Updating your Police Registration Certificate

If you have changed address, your programme or your visa then you must update your certificate by booking an appointment with Durham Police

Please note: If you are applying for an extension to your current visa and your certificate is not up-to-date, then you must update it before you send it with your visa application.

Follow the instructions on the Durham Police website

Students living in the Stockton area

If you live in Stockton or the surrounding area you must create and account and book an appointment with Cleveland Police online

Further information

Full instructions and further details from Cleveland Police


If you require any additional help or information, please contact the Cleveland Police Foreign Nationals Office Telephone Number 01642 301319 or

Office Hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 - 15:00

Students living in Newcastle

If you live in Newcastle while you study you will need to register with Northumbria Police.

Further information

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

The University of Durham makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this page is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website as early as possible.