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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 UK entry visa (vignette in your passport) or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will state 'Police Registration' 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 attempt to register with the Police within 7 days of arriving in the UK (or if your personal or contact details change)
  • 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

Important advice about registration and appointments from 01.10.20

Please read the following advice from Durham Police:

  • Please have all documentation available for the registration officer at the time of booking your appointment, this include your BRP. Please do not complete the online registration form or book an appointment until you have ALL of your required documents to show to the registration officer.
  • Please adhere to the Government’s Coronavirus guidelines regarding self-isolation, i.e. if you have arrived from a country that demands 14 days isolation, this needs to be completed before booking an appointment . YOU WILL NOT FACE ANY HOME OFFICE PENALTY FOR NON ATTENDANCE WITHIN 7 DAYS.
  • If you have all of the documentation and DO NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE or have fully observed your 14 days period then please book the soonest appointment available.
  • If you have travelled from a country that does not require isolation i.e. an EU country such as Germany or Italy you will need to show that you have resided in this country and have not had to observe the quarantine period when attending the Police Station, if this is the case please have documentation to show this and book an appointment as normal.
  • If you attend the Police Station, please attend alone at your allocated time and observe the local social distancing regulations by wearing a mask/face covering inside the building and not gathering any form of group.

Booking an appointment

In order to register with the Police, you must create an account and book an appointment with Durham Police online

Once you have created an account you can then book an appointment which will be at the following location:

  • Durham City Police Station, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AQ

Instructions for booking an appointment with Durham Police

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:

Attending your appointment

At your appointment, you must provide the following:

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or visa (if you will not recieve a BRP)
  • University Offer Letter or CAS
  • The email from 'Home Office Atlas' telling you that your visa application was successful
  • Proof of your address in Durham (Tenancy Agreement or University confirmation letter including room number)
  • £34 registration fee (cash only)

Please note: All electronic documents (CAS, letters and emails) must be printed before attending an appointment

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

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

Students living in Newcastle

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

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.