The California residency requirement has two parts, Act and Intent. To claim residency a student must have lived and shown intent to reside in California by:

  • paying California income taxes;
  • possessing a valid California driver's license;
  • registering and voting in the state;
  • owning and registering a car in California and/or the absence of these ties with another state.

The payment of California state income taxes is the most important act of intent. Concurrent with these acts of intent, physical presence in the state for one year and one day prior to the first day of classes is needed to establish California residency in the District. Students with a provisional determination of non-resident will be asked to complete a Supplemental Residency Reclassification form.  Because the residency requirement is complicated, students with questions should contact the Office of Admissions and Records for more information.