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Foreign national police registrations

As a condition of entry into, or to remain in, the United Kingdom, certain foreign nationals must register with the police.   You must do this in the force area in which you are to live within seven days of arrival.

Your visa of entry will state if you need to register.  You can find this on your passport, on your biometric card issued by the UK Border Agency or the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate (HOIND).

Only foreign nationals who are 16 years of age and over need to register. Children should only register when they reach the age of 16, if the visa shows a need to register.  

Once registered, you are issued with a Police Registration Certificate (PRC). Your passport will be endorsed with the PRC number and date stamped.

Failure to register could result in either a £5,000 fine or six months imprisonment, or both.  It could affect any further application to stay in the UK.

Who needs to register?

If you are from one of the countries you must register with the police:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kirgizstan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen

How to register

Registration is by appointment only.  You must register with us within 7 days of arrival in the UK.  Contact your nearest police station from the list below to make an appointment


Lincoln Police station
West Parade
01522 885212

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Grantham Police Station
Swingbridge Road
NG31 7XT
01476 403214

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Skegness Police Station
Park Ave
PE25 1BJ
01754 614211

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Boston Police Station
Lincoln Lane
PE21 8QS
01205 312216

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If you are a student arriving to study, contact the English Language Centre & Student Services staff in the first instance.  They will book an appointment for registration on your behalf. 

If you have already registered with another UK police force, you should report to us at one of the police stations above.  Bring with you your passport and registration certificate and we will update your certificate.  There is no extra charge for this.

More help and support

For more information, contact one of the stations as listed above.

11 Dec 18 10:47 AM

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