FNRO - Foreign Nationals, Police Registration Scheme

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Citizens of the following countries who are admitted to the United Kingdom (UK) may be required to register with the police:

  • IRAN  ;  ISRAEL  ;  IRAQ
  • OMAN

STATELESS persons are also subject of the Police Registration Scheme.

Entry Clearance officers and Immigrations Officers can in certain circumstances impose the requirement to register on nationals of countries not listed above.

If the following is written on the visa in your passport:

  • "Police Registration within 7 days of arrival”  OR
  • "Register with the police" OR
  • “Pol Reg”

You should register either within 7 days of arriving in the United Kingdom or within 7 days of receiving your visa extension from the Home Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Foreign Nationals Registration Office,
Police Station
Madeira Road
Bournemouth BH1 1QQ

Telephone: 01202 220693

Open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 09.30am to 12 noon on each of these days. 



If you are travelling some distance or taking time off work to attend the office it will be best to ring in advance to ensure the office has not had to close due to staff sickness.

If you are registering for the first time, you will be required to return by appointment in order to complete the process and collect your registration certificate. This appointment will be outside the general opening hours of the office and hopefully a time to suit you can be agreed.

Only those foreign nationals aged 16 or over and mainly from the countries listed above are required to register with the police whilst residing in theUK. However, depending on circumstances, some people from these countries do not have to register. You can tell by looking at the wording on your visa in your passport - if it says 'Register with the police', you will need to do so. If you are from one of the countries in the list above and are not sure if you have to register with the police, please contact the Foreign Nationals Registration Office.


You can only attend Weymouth Police Station as an alternative to attending the Foreign Nationals Registration Office in Bournemouth.

                         Weymouth West Police Station,                  Telephone : 101

                         Radipole Lane,                                              Opening Hours:

                         Chickerell,                                                       Monday to Friday 0800-1800 hrs

                         Weymouth.                                                      Saturday 0900-1700 hrs

                         DT4 9WW.                                                       Sunday - CLOSED

You can attend for registration at the Foreign Nationals Registration Office at any time during the opening times (see section 'How can I contact the Foreign Nationals Registration Office?').

If you are attending Weymouth police station it will be better to phone in advance and arrange an appointment.

To register with the police you will need the following items:

  • Your passport
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (if issued) OR the UKV1 letter from the Home Office
  • Two recent passport size photographs
  • Registration fee of £34.00 in cash only
  • If you are a student, you must bring your university/college offer letter with details of your studies (known as CAS statement)
  • If an organisation, company or Government is sponsoring your studies, you must bring a letter from them to confirm this
  • If you are employed in the United Kingdom you must bring the details of your employer and confirmation of your employment.


Foreign Nationals Registration Office at Bournemouth Police Station – debit/credit card and cash accepted

Weymouth Police Station – NO CASH = Please pay by cheque, postal order or debit/credit card


The registration certificates are usually ready for collection later on the same day that you report however when we are busy we will give you an appointment later in the week.

At this time there is no arrangement. Foreign Nationals must attend the police station.


Yes. After registering you must comply with the rules on the reverse of the certificate and any changes, including a change of address must be reported within 7 days at the Foreign Nationals Registration Office in Bournemouth (or Weymouth Police station if that is closer for you to attend).

The Rules of the Police Registration Scheme require you to report changes as follows:-

  • New address 
  • Any new landing conditions 
  • Extensions to your visa granted by the Home Office 
  • New passport 
  • New study information or change to university/college
  • New employment
  • Change of marital status
  • Exemption from Police Registration
  • Change of Nationality


Any changes should be reported within 7 days.



Your registration certificate will expire if you are out of the United Kingdom for a continuous period of more than 1 year.


You must report to the local police station in the new town within 7 days. Take your police registration certificate, passport and evidence of your new school, university, work permit or employers details. If you have not been out of the UK as above there will be no charge and you continue to use the same certificate.


You will be prosecuted if you do not report changes to the details on your registration certificate or do not keep to your visa requirements. This could result in either a fine of up to £5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.


Before leaving the United Kingdom, you are required to return your registration certificate to the Foreign Nationals Registration Office in Dorset, explaining that you are leaving the UK and giving the date of your departure.


No, if you are leaving the UK for a short holiday you should keep your certificate with you.


Yes, if you have lost your registration certificate, you must report the loss on-line to Report my Loss and then attend the Foreign Nationals Registration Office in Bournemouth or Weymouth Police Station if that is nearest for you. Bring your passport and registration fee of £34 to obtain a replacement. If it is damaged you must hand it in and you will also pay £34 for a replacement.


If your registration certificate has been stolen, you must report the theft on-line to Report my Loss and then attend the Foreign Nationals Registration Office in Bournemouth or Weymouth Police Station if that is nearest for you. Bring your passport and registration fee of £34 to obtain a replacement.


No, if you are immigrating or require this type of clearance you must contact the following department:

Disclosure Unit
Dorset Police Headquarters

Telephone number: 01202 or 01305 223536

Should you have any further questions, please call 01202 220693.


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