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California Residency Requirements - Presence and Intent



The burden is on the student to demonstrate clearly both physical presence in California and intent to establish permanent California residence. Presence and intent may be manifested in many ways — no one factor is controlling — but all those ways fall into two main categories.

  1. An individual who is 19 years of age or over, and who can provide sufficient evidence that he or she has maintained a home in California continuously for the two years prior to the residence determination date, and has not been a student during the two years, is presumed to have met the presence and intent criteria, unless the individual has taken any action inconsistent with the claim of intent as described below.
  2. An individual who is under 19 years of age is presumed to have met the presence and intent criteria if both the individual and his or her parents can show that they have maintained a home in California continuously for the two years prior to the residence determination date, unless the student has taken any action inconsistent with the claim of intent as described below.
    • Evidence of two continuous years maintenance of a home in California can take the same form as evidence of presence and intent as described below. However, the documents presented must show continuity over the two-year period. The more such documents presented, the stronger the case for classification as a resident becomes.
    • Students who do not fall into the “two-year” category described above must present evidence of one year’s presence and intent. Some types of evidence are better than others. A list of acceptable items and their relative weights is available in the Admissions Office.

    Some examples of such items follow:

    • California state income tax form, voter registration, driver’s license, or automobile registration (high weight);
    • active checking or savings account in a California financial institution or active resident membership in a California professional, service, or social organization (medium weight);
    • utility deposit or installation receipts.

    The more of these items presented, and the higher their relative weight, the stronger the case for classification as a California resident becomes. All documents presented must be valid, readable, dated at least one year before the residence determination date, and properly identified with respect to student name and address. Actions inconsistent with a claim of intent to remain a permanent California resident will be counted against that claim. Such actions include, but are not limited to, doing the following in a state other than California:

    • registering to vote,
    • entering into a legal agreement,
    • attending an educational institution as a resident of the other state
    • or maintaining a driver’s license or automobile registration.

In some cases, financial independence may also be considered in the evaluation of intent.