Coronavirus (Covid-19): We're temporarily suspending some of our services including reporting a change in circumstance. If you need to register with us, notify us of a change in circumstances or a replacement certificate, please contact us.
How to register
If you live in South Wales and have been required to register with the police – an essential part of many foreign nationals’ visa conditions – please follow the instructions below to register with us.
If you live in South Wales (except the Swansea area, see below) you need to go to:
Rumney Police station
713 Newport Road
Open for appointments between Monday and Friday from 8.30am to 12pm and from 12.30pm to 2pm.
To make an appointment at the Nationality Department (Cardiff only), please go to our online portal and follow the instructions.
Swansea area residents (except students, see below)
If you live in the Swansea area you need to get to:
Open on Friday mornings only between 9am and 12.30pm: you don't need an appointment.
Students in Swansea
Please contact Student Services at your university; they’ll make an appointment for you to register with the police.
What to bring
Please check what to bring with you.
Please make sure you download and fill in the correct questionnaire (see the bottom of this page) and bring it with you.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
When to attend
You must visit us to register and get your police registration certificate (PRC) within seven days of arriving in South Wales. 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
We'll give you your police registration certificate (PRC) when you register.
Unsure if you need to register? Read our advice for first time visitors: who needs to register as a foreign national?
When your details change
If you change any of your personal or contact details whilst studying or working in South Wales, you'll need to register the change with us, as above.
See reporting a change in circumstances or new visa to find out more about your particular change.
You must report any of the following changes within seven days:
- change of address
- change of college/university/course
- change of occupation
- change in marital status
- new landing conditions (re-entry visa)
- new passport details
- children born whilst you are in the UK
- exemption from Police Registration
When you transfer to South Wales
If you're already registered with another force and you move to South Wales, you now need to update your certificate by registering with us, as above.
If you lose your certificate
If you've lost your police registration certificate, please register with us in the same way. We'll ask you about why and how you lost it, before we can consider issuing you a new one.
Please see our full checklist of what to bring with you when you visit us.