If you live in Essex and have been required to register with the police (an essential part of many foreign nationals’ visa conditions), you need to make an appointment at one of the police stations below. It would be best to choose the police station closest to where you live.

Our details

Please make an appointment to come to one of the following police stations:

Basildon Police Station
Great Oaks
SS14 1EJ

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Braintree Police Station
Blyths Meadow

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Essex Police Training College
Kingston Avenue

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Clacton Police Station
8 Beatrice Road
CO15 1ET

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Colchester Police Station
10 Southway

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Grays Police Station
Brooke Road
RM17 5BX

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Harlow Police Station
The High
CM20 1HG

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Southend Police Station
Victoria Avenue

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You can make your appointment online. Please don't call us or visit without an appointment. Click 'Start' at the bottom of this page to complete our quick and simple online form.

Average completion time: 5 mins

Please check what to bring with you.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Opening times for appointments

Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3.30pm.

When to attend

You must visit one of these police stations to register and get your police registration certificate (PRC) within seven days of arriving in the UK. 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 PRC at the end of the appointment, after you complete registration.

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 Essex, you'll need to update your certificate with us as detailed above. Click 'Start' at the bottom of this page to complete our quick and simple online form.

Note: if you want to register changes of details at Colchester Police Station, you don't need an appointment. Just bring all the correct documents to the station during our opening hours.

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 once they are aged 16 or over
  • exemption from Police Registration

When you transfer to Essex

If you're already registered with another force and you move to Essex, you now need to register with us by coming to one of the police stations above. If you come to Colchester Police Station, you must make an appointment choosing the start button below.

If you lose your certificate

If you've lost your police registration certificate, please make an appointment in the same way, to get a replacement.

Please see our full checklist of what to bring with you when you visit us.