Coronavirus (Covid-19): registration services are currently suspended. If you have an appointment you should have received a notification by email. There will be no penalty action taken against anyone who is unable to attend an appointment or book a new appointment.
Those returning to their home countries prior to registering with OVRO should not face any difficulties at UK ports upon re-entry for non-registration due to the suspension of our service.
How to register
The Overseas Visitors Records Office (OVRO) is the place to visit in London if you live in London and have been required to register with the police, an essential part of many foreign nationals’ visa conditions.
Our address is:
323 Borough High Street
Please see our opening times below:
Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 4pm
Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed
UK public holidays and bank holidays: closed
When to attend
You must book online within seven days of arriving in London to visit the OVRO to register and get your police registration certificate (PRC). This is important, because if you don’t you may face:
- a £5,000 fine
- a prison sentence
- recommendation of deportation
- a ten-year ban on entering the UK
Unsure if you need to register? Read our advice for first time visitors.
What to expect
You will generally expect to be registered within 30 minutes of your appointment time at the OVRO. A registration takes about 15 minutes. We’ll scan your registration form and record:
- your full name
- your gender
- your marital status
- your date of birth and country of birth
- your nationality
- your address in the UK
- the address of the last place you lived outside the UK
- the date and place you arrived in the UK
- your passport details
- your visa requirements, including how long you can stay
- if you’re a student or working
Once we’ve checked your documents we’ll register you and issue you with a police registration certificate on the same day.
Please see our full checklist of what to bring with you when you visit the OVRO.
A portable ramp and assistance bell are available for wheelchair users.
The OVRO has no toilets or baby changing facilities.
The OVRO has no printing, copying or photo facilities.
We don’t allow pets inside the OVRO, except guide dogs.
It is a criminal offence in the UK to carry guns, knives, CS gas, offensive weapons and classified drugs such as cannabis, marijuana or hashish.
If you’re found carrying any of the above items at the OVRO you could face criminal charges.