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Police registration

Police registration is now open. However please ensure you have completed your quarantine before attending your Police registration appointment, otherwise you are breaking COVID-19 rules and may receive a fine of up to £10,000.

Depending on which country you are from, you may need to register with the Police here in the UK.

You will need to register within seven days of your arrival in the UK if it states this:

  • on your entry clearance vignette (visa) or
  • as a remark on your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or
  • on your Home Office decision letter.

The immigration rules state that a condition of your entry and stay in the UK is that you register with the Police, so it is essential that you do so as soon as possible.

If you are from an amber or red list country please ensure you complete quarantine before attending a Police registration appointment.

During busy times of year (September and October) there may not be enough appointments for all students to register within 7 days of arrival. If this affects you please book the earliest available appointment.

You must contact our International Office if these documents do not state that you need to register with the Police, but you are from one of the following countries:

Argentina IsraelRussia
Armenia JordanSaudi Arabia
CubaNorth KoreaUkraine
GeorgiaPalestine Yemen

If your husband, wife or child (over the age of 16) entered the UK as your dependant, they will also have to register with the police within seven days of their arrival in the UK.

How to register with the police

The police are running registration appointments at Rumney Police Station between 8:30 and 14:00 Monday to Friday. The address for Rumney Police Station is:

Rumney Police Station,
713 Newport Road,

If travelling by bus, take bus number 30, 49 or 50 and get off at the Rumney Hill gardens stop. Walk up the hill for about 50 metres and the police station is on the left.

Making an appointment

You must book an appointment prior to arriving at the police station, this can be done through the South Wales Police website.

You should register within seven days of arriving in the UK or if you need to update an existing certificate within seven days of the change occurring.

Remember - you must complete quarantine before attending a Police registration appointment if you have travelled from an amber or red list country.

Please read the information on this page carefully and take the relevant documents with you to one of the drop-in sessions.

Required documents

If you are registering with the police for the first time you will need to bring:

Please go to the Police Station with all the above items. If you don’t have all the documents the Police cannot issue a Registration certificate.

If you have previously registered

If you have previously studied in the UK and already have a Police Registration Certificate you will need to renew your Police Registration Certificate in Cardiff if you have any of the following changes to your circumstances (see table below).

You will need to take your passport and the original Police Registration Certificate with you to your Police appointment.

What’s changed?What documents/evidence required?
Change of addressIf you are in a University residence, you will need your Residences Card.
If you are in private accommodation, you will need your tenancy agreement, accommodation contract, or gas/electric/water bill that shows your new address.
Change of universityCardiff University student ID card or a print out of your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) email from Cardiff University
Change of marital statusMarriage certificate, or Divorce certificate
Extension to visa granted by UKVIBiometric card and Passport
Change of passportNew passport

If you lose your Police Registration Certificate

If you lose your certificate, you will need to re-register with the Police as if you were a new student arriving in the UK for the first time.

Renewal of a certificate is free. There will be a £34 charge if you have lost and need to replace your Police Registration Certificate.