Factors Considered to Determine Residency

No one factor determines residency. The following factors are examples of “intent" documentation. They, along with a person's presence in California, are among the factors considered in determining California residency:

    The following are "intent" documentation:

  • California state and federal tax returns with W-2 forms (required)
  • California automobile registration
  • California driver's license and/or California ID card
  • California voter registration
  • Military personnel: Active Duty orders and Military ID

    Two documents will be required to fulfill the intent to be a California resident. All documents must be dated one year and one day prior to the start of the semester. Documents required will be determined by an Admissions Office Residency Clerk. Please call (619) 388-3475 for more information.


    The following are examples of "physical presence" documentation:

  • Bank statements for California account
  • California license for professional practice/membership in California organization
  • Petitioner for divorce in California
  • Utility bills (i.e. San Diego Gas & Electric)
  • Proof of employment (pay stubs)
  • Rental agreement
  • DD-214 form
  • Verification of public assistance

    One document will be required to fulfill the physical presence evidence needed to be determined as a California resident. All documents must be dated one year and one day prior to the start of the semester. Document required will be determined by an Admissions Office Residency Clerk. Please call (619) 388-3475 for more information.