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Criteria for Residency

A student shall be deemed to have complied with district residency requirements for enrollment in a district school if he/she meets any of the following criteria:

1. The student's parent/guardian resides within district boundaries. (Education Code 48200)

2. The student is placed within district boundaries in a regularly established licensed children's institution, a licensed foster home, or a family home pursuant to a court-ordered commitment or placement. (Education Code 48204)

3. The student has been admitted through an interdistrict attendance option, (Education Code 46600, 48204, 48301, 48356)

(cf. 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance)

(cf. 5118 - Open Enrollment Act Transfers)

4. The student is an emancipated minor residing within district boundaries. (Education Code 48204)

5. The student lives with a caregiving adult within district boundaries and the caregiving adult submits an affidavit to that effect. (Education Code 48204)

A Caregiver's Authorization Affidavit constitutes a sufficient basis for determination of residency of a minor, without the requirement of a guardianship or other custody order, unless the school district determines from actual facts that the minor is not living with the caregiver.

The school district may require additional reasonable evidence of the caregiver's residence address.

6. The student resides in a state hospital located within district boundaries. (Education Code 48204)

7. The student is confined to a hospital or other residential health facility within district boundaries for treatment of a temporary disability. (Education Code 48207, 48204)

(cf. 6183 - Home and Hospital Instruction)

8. The student's parent/guardian resides outside district boundaries but is employed within district boundaries and lives with the student for a minimum of three days during the school week. (Education Code 48204)

9. The student's parent/guardian, while on active military duty pursuant to an official military order, is transferred or is pending transfer to a military installation within the state (Education Code 48204.3)

(cf. 6173.2 - Education of Children of Military Families)

10. A pupil complies with the residency requirements for school attendance in a school district if he or she is a pupil whose parent or parents were residents of this state and have departed California against their will and if the pupil seeks admission to a school of a school district, shall be admitted by the governing board of the school district regardless of his or her current residency, if that pupil meets both of the following requirements:

(1) The pupil has a parent or guardian who departed California against his or her will. The pupil shall provide official documentation evidencing the departure of his or her parent or guardian.

(2) The pupil moved outside of California as a result of his or her parent or guardian departing California against his or her will and the pupil lived in California immediately before moving outside of California. The pupil shall provide information and evidence demonstrating that the pupil was enrolled in a public school in California immediately before moving outside of California. (Education Code 48204.4)

(cf. 5145.13 - Response to Immigration Enforcement)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

Proof of Residency

The Superintendent or designee shall annually verify each student's district residency status and retain a copy of the document or written statement offered as verification in the student's mandatory permanent record. (5 CCR 432)

(cf. 5111 - Admission)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

The district shall not solicit or collect information or documents regarding the citizenship or immigration status of students or their family members for the purpose of determining residency within the district. (Education Code 234.7)

Evidence of residency may be established by documentation showing the name and address of the parent/guardian within the district, including, but not limited to, any of the following: (Education Code 48204.1)

1. Property tax payment receipt

2. Rental property contract, lease, or payment receipt

3. Utility service contract, statement, or payment receipt

4. Pay stub

5. Voter registration

6. Correspondence from a government agency

7. Declaration of residency executed by the student's parent/guardian

8. If the student is an unaccompanied youth as defined in 42 USC 11434a, a declaration of residency executed by the student.

The Superintendent or designee shall make a reasonable effort to secure evidence that a homeless or foster youth resides within the district, including, but not limited to, a utility bill, letter from a homeless shelter, hotel/motel receipt, or affidavit from the student's parent/guardian or other qualified adult relative.

However, a homeless or foster youth shall not be required to provide proof of residency as a condition of enrollment in district schools. (Education Code 48852.7, 48853.5; 42 USC 11432)

Any homeless or foster youth or student cannot be denied enrollment in school solely on the basis that he or she has had contact with the juvenile justice system even if he/she is unable to provide proof of residency. (Education Code 48645.5, 48852.7, 48853.5; 42 USC 11432)

(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

(cf. 6173.3 - Education for Juvenile Court School Students)

9. If the student is residing in the home of a caregiving adult within district boundaries, an affidavit executed by the caregiving adult in accordance with Family Code 6552

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

A parent/guardian who is transferred or pending transfer into a military installation within the state shall provide proof of residence in the district within 10 days after the published arrival date provided on official documentation. For this purpose, he/she may use as his/her address a temporary on-base billeting facility, a purchased or leased home or apartment, or federal government or public-private venture off-base military housing. (Education Code 48204.3)

A student whose parent/guardian's departure from the state occurred against his/her will pursuant to item #10 in the section "Criteria for Residency" above shall be in compliance with district residency requirements if he/she provides official documentation of the parent/guardian's departure and evidence demonstrating that the student was enrolled in a public school in California immediately before moving outside the state. (Education Code 48204.4)

Failure to Verify Residency

When the Superintendent or designee reasonably believes that a student's parent/guardian has provided false or unreliable evidence of residency, he/she may make reasonable efforts to determine that the student meets district residency requirements. (Education Code 48204.1)

If the Superintendent or designee, upon investigation, determines that a student's enrollment or attempted enrollment is based on false or unreliable evidence of residency, he/she shall deny or revoke the student's enrollment. Before any such denial or revocation is final, the parent/guardian shall be sent written notice of the facts leading to the decision. This notice also shall inform the parent/guardian that he/she may provide new material evidence of residency, in writing, to the Superintendent or designee within 10 school days. The Superintendent or designee shall review any new evidence and make a final decision within 10 school days.

Safe at Home/Confidential Address Program

When a student or parent/guardian participating in the Safe at Home program requests that the district use the substitute address designated by the Secretary of State, the Superintendent or designee shall use the substitute address for all future communications and correspondence and shall not include the actual address in the student's file or any other public record. The Superintendent or designee may request the actual residence address for the purpose of establishing residency within district boundaries. (Government Code 6206, 6207)

(cf. 3580 - District Records)

Legal Reference:


35351 Assignment of students to particular schools

46600-46611 Interdistrict attendance permits

48050-48054 Nonresidents

48200-48208 Compulsory education law

48356 Open Enrollment Act transfer, fulfillment of residency requirement

48853.5 Education of foster youth; immediate enrollment

48980 Notifications at beginning of term

52317 Regional occupational program, admission of persons including nonresidents


6550-6552 Caregivers


6205-6210 Confidentiality of residence for victims of domestic violence


432 Varieties of student records


11431-11435 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act


Katz v. Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District, (2004) 117 Cal.App.4th 47

Management Resources:


0303.95 Verification of residency, LO: 1-95


Dear Colleague Letter, May 6, 2011


California Department of Education:

California Secretary of State, Safe at Home Program:

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education:


approved: June 19, 2018 Morgan Hill, California