Intent

Primary and Permanent Domicile

Register to Vote

Voter registration is a legal tie to the State and is considered indicia of one's intent to reside in California under the UC Residence Policy. On-line Voter Registration

Glossary of Terms

Students and Parents

Intent to make California one’s permanent home is a required element of residence for purposes of tuition and fees. In addition to 366 days of eligibility and physical presence in California, the UC Residence Policy requires that students and/or their supporting parents must prove 366 days of intent to make California their home by severing all residential ties with the former state of residence and establishing those ties immediately after entering California. Your intent will be questioned if you return to your prior state of residence when the University is not in session.

Although physical presence and intent must be established simultaneously, intent is evaluated separately from physical presence. You normally cannot establish California residence for purposes of tuition and fees while maintaining legal ties to another state or country.

Legal ties established with the State of California will be given greater weight than other indicia. Individuals who fail to establish legal ties with the State of California or fail to relinquish ties to their former place of residence will be presumed to be in California solely for educational purposes.

Students who continue to hold out-of-state legal indicia, or whose supporting parent(s) maintain their legal ties out-of-state, may be denied a resident classification for that term.

Intent of Spouses/Registered Domestic Partners

A wife does not derive residence from her husband, a husband does not derive residence from his wife and one registered domestic partner does not derive residence from the other. Married couples or registered domestic partners who are living together might have separate residences and each might have a different, unshared intent, indicating their separate residences.

Establishing Intent

You must have come here with the intent to make California your home as opposed to coming to this state to go to school. You must demonstrate your intention to make California your home by severing your legal ties with your former state of residence and establishing those ties with California immediately after entering California. If these steps are delayed, the one year duration period will be extended until you have demonstrated both presence and intent for one full year.

Legal Indicia of Intent (Ties): To prove California is their primary and permanent home, the student and/or parent(s) must obtain legal indicia of intent, as well as other indicia of intent, immediately after entering California and demonstrate that all legal ties to their past place of residence have been relinquished.

To prove California is their primary and permanent home, the student and their parent(s) must obtain legal indicia of intent, as well as other indicia, immediately after entering California and demonstrate that all legal ties to their past place of residence have been relinquished.

Students who continue to hold out-of-state legal indicia may be denied a resident classification for that term. The absence of these indicia in other states during any period for which you claim residence can also serve as an indication of your intent.

Documentary evidence may be required and all relevant indications will be considered in determining your classification.

Indicia of Intent: Under the UC Residence Policy, relevant indicia of intent to establish or maintain California as one’s residence for purposes of tuition and fees include legal ties and other ties to California.

Legal Ties: Legal ties established with the State of California will be given greater weight than other indicia. Individuals who fail to establish legal ties with the State of California or fail to relinquish ties to their former place of residence will be presumed to be in California solely for educational purposes.

  • Obtaining a California Driver License or, if you do not drive, a California Identification Card.
  • Obtaining California vehicle registration.
  • Registering to vote and voting in California elections.
  • Paying California state income taxes as a resident, including taxes on income earned outside California from the date you establish residence.
  • Registering for Selective Service in California.
  • Establishing eligibility for social benefits with agencies within California.
  • Licensing for business or professional practice in California.

NOTE: Students can set up on-line appointments with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for California driver’s licenses, California IDs and vehicle registrations. Students can register to vote at the DMV or at the Office of the Secretary of State.

Other Indicia include:

  • Establishing a home in California where permanent possessions are kept.
  • Designating California as your permanent address on all school and employment records, including military records if you are in the military service.

Refer to the UC Residence Policy regarding Intent to read more detailed list of Other Indicia and conduct that may be inconsistent with a claim of California residence.

Glossary

Indicia
Indications of intention. Legal and other ties of residence.

Social Benefits
Establishing eligibility for social benefits with agencies within California include, but are not limited to: