RESIDENCY RECLASSIFICATION PETITION
Name: _______________________________ ID: ________________ Term: __________ Year: ______
GENERAL RESIDENCY POLICY: Under the California Education Code, the general rule is that 1) the student must have been a
legal California resident for at least one (1) year and one (1) day prior to the start of the semester or session the student is attempting
to reclassify; 2) the student must have demonstrated intent to establish California residency for a minimum of two years; 3) the student
has not engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with a claim for California residence; and 4) the student is not prohibited by law from
establishing California residency.
The burden of proof to demonstrate both physical presence in the state of California and intent to establish permanent California
residency (if the citizenship status does not preclude the student from establishing residence in the United States) is on the student.
This means the student must provide:
□ Documentation of legal status if the student is not a United States citizen; and
□ A minimum of two (2) acceptable proofs to establish California residency* (see list below)
Students who will be under 19 years of age at the start of the semester in question cannot establish residency on their own, they
derive residency from their parent or legal guardian. If the student is not a US citizen, the student must submit documentation of legal
status for the student only. Minimum of two proofs must be submitted for the parent or guardian. All documentation must be for the
same parent or guardian. If the student lives with a legal guardian, court guardianship documents must also be submitted.
LISTED BELOW ARE ITEMS THAT MAY BE ATTACHED TO THIS PETITION AS EVIDENCE OF PHYSICAL PRESENCE
AND INTENT. A STUDENT MUST SUBMIT A MINIMUM OF TWO (2) ITEMS OF PROOF and may be required to
submit additional items based on the student’s individual circumstance.*
*Minimum proof requirement may vary depending on information in the student’s application, information provided in this
petition, and information provided through the reclassification process. Inconsistent information may require submission of
additional specific proof. The need for additional proof will be made while processing and evaluating the reclassification petition.
All documents submitted must be valid, legible, and dated at least one (1) year and one (1) day before the
and include NAME and A PHYSICAL CALIFORNIA ADDRESS, NO P.O. BOXES. With the exception of the driver’s license or
California ID, documents CANNOT be older than 2 years prior to the start of the term for which residency is being requested.
Students who attended an out-of-state public college may be required to show proof of paying nonresident tuition at that college.
1. □ California Driver License/ID, or □ California DMV Printout, or □ California car registration (current for all)
□ California bank account statement (for the appropriate year)
□ Voter’s registration card
□ Utility bill (DWP, gas, telephone, electric, cable, etc.) (for the appropriate time period)
□ Apartment/home lease (minimum one-year and current), or □ rental agreement (minimum one-year and current)
□ California car insurance (for the appropriate year)
□ California State Aid, Social Welfare, Court documents
8. □ California health insurance
□ California public library membership (card must be dated, otherwise include printout showing library activity)
□ Paycheck stub, or □ employment earnings statement, or □employment verification on company letterhead
□ Military discharge papers (DD 214), or □ Leave and Earnings
statement indicating California as home of record
□ Marriage license or □ divorce decree issued in California (for the appropriate time period)
□ California (540) tax return with a California home address for prior year (W2s or evidence of non-filing may be required)
□ Union membership in California
□ Licenses or certificate issued by the state of California with an issue date
Items not acceptable include: travel documents, parking tickets, arrest history, high school and college records, personal mail,
affidavits, letters of support, medical records, and other items not listed above.
IMPORTANT - All residency issues must be resolved by the end of the semester in question. Any residency reclassification
petition submitted for a semester that has ended will automatically be denied. In accordance with FERPA, any third party,
including parents, wishing to obtain information about a student must obtain prior written consent from the student. Petitions
submitted without all required proofs will be denied. Please allow 3-5 business days for evaluation. If at any time you need to
speak to a supervisor regarding this process, please email the Admissions and Records Office at