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 details

Our address is:

323 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1JL

View OVRO on map

Please see our opening times below:

Opening times

Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 4pm
Thursday: closed
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.

Facilities

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.

Please note

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.