Acceptable and Unacceptable Proofs of Residency
Proof of Residency Procedures
Use this guide to determine if your nonresident status may be changed to resident status for tuition and fees purposes.
To establish residency, a student needs to meet the three conditions below:
- Legal Status
Legal Status that permits the establishment of domicile in the United States. Essentially, student must be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, eligible Temporary Resident, hold eligible Visa, etc. (Title 5 § 54045).
- Physical Presence:
Physical presence is proved by being physically and continuously present in
California for one year plus one day prior to the start of the term (Title 5 § 54020 and § 54022).
Intent is proven by providing evidence demonstrating intent to make
California a permanent home of residence. Taking any of these actions demonstrates a lack of intent to make California a permanent home of residence: filing taxes in another state as a resident of that state; filing for divorce or a lawsuit in another state; paying resident tuition in another state; voting in another. Moving to California for educational purposes alone does not grant residency.
Financial Independence--Students Under 19 Years of AgeA student under the age of 19 who is classified as a nonresident, but has established financial independence, may be classified as a resident, provided the above three conditions are met. A reclassification packet will be provided to document financial independence.
Requirements to Prove Residency
- At minimum, two (2) "proofs" in your name or your parent’s name if you are under the age of 19.
- At least one proof must be a primary document (see below). Identifications and licenses must be current (not expired).
- Proofs must be dated at least one year and one day before the start of the semester or session for which you are seeking resident status.
- Admissions & Records reserves the right to request additional proofs in instances when those presented do not sufficiently demonstrate legal status, physical presence, intent, or financial independence (as relevant).
Acceptable Proofs of California Residence
All documents must have a valid California physical address. Documents with PO Boxes, business address, or nonexisting addresses will not be accepted.
- California Income Tax (Form 540, page 1-2 as submitted to the Franchise Tax Board)
- California Driver’s License or California ID card or DMV printout (must be current)
- California vehicle registration–California Registration Certificate (must be current)
- California voter’s registration card
- Official license from California Department of Consumer Affairs for Business or Individual practice (must be current)
- Paycheck stub or letter of employment verification on company letterhead (wet signature needed; signed by the Human Resources manager)
- Receipt of benefits from a California state agency
- Current W2 form with home address
- Documentation of purchase and occupancy of residential real estate in California – loan papers, tax receipts, escrow paper
- California Bank account–checking or savings statements showing a California branch address–documenting transactions in California
- Marriage license or divorce decree issued in California
- Selective Service registration showing California permanent address
- California utility bills (e.g., electricity, phone, or water) covering a one year period
- California health insurance or Medi-Cal ID
- Military discharge papers (DD214) or Leave and Earnings statement (indicating California as State of Record)
- California property taxes
- Union membership in a California local
- California public library membership (verified by letter or printout with letterhead or branch stamp)
Unacceptable Proofs of Residence
- School transcripts, school registration, school ID, school housing contract
- Credit cards or credit statements
- Declaration by a California school classifying the student as a resident
- Affidavits indicating student's physical presence in the State
- Rental receipts, personal mail, medical or dental bills
- Lease Agreements or a letter from a landlord (manager) verifying tenancy