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Proof of Residency for Annual School Registration

General Provisions

Albuquerque Public Schools shall require that families prove residency upon annual registration of their student.  This procedural directive outlines acceptable documents schools may use to verify residency of students upon registration.

All documents used to verify residence under this procedural directive shall reflect the same address within the Albuquerque Public School district. A failure to provide the information above may prevent enrollment in the school.  No school shall deny a student enrollment due to lack of providing proof of residency. However, students unable to provide documentation required shall request an exception with the superintendent, or his/her designee, or the Board of Education.

Students who are homeless and are provided protection under the McKinney-Vento Act shall be required to follow appropriate enrollment procedures as provided by federal law.

Annual Registration Requirements

Assignment of students to school shall be based on the residence of the student. Families shall provide proof of residency of students every year during registration and/or enrollment.  Acceptable documents to establish residency include any of the following:

  • Current New Mexico driver's license, New Mexico identification card, or other government issued photo ID showing an address;
  • A Deed, or Mortgage Payment dated within the past 60 days;
  • Property Tax Bill dated within the last year;
  • A current Lease or Section 8 Agreement;
  • A Utility Bill dated within the past 60 days;
  • Voter registration documentation from Bernalillo County with the address of the residence;
  • Military orders indicating the family lives on a local military base; or
  • A valid, district-approved transfer to the school outside the geographical boundary of the residence of the student.

Additional Residency Proof in Schools Exceeding Site Capacity

Albuquerque Public Schools may require additional documentation to establish and validate residency when any school exceeds site capacity, or in other circumstances identified by Albuquerque Public Schools or school administration.   In such circumstances, Albuquerque Public Schools may request more than one of the following documents to validate residence of the student:

  • Deed, Mortgage statement (current within 30 days), or Bernalillo County Property Tax Bill dated within the last year;
  • Executed lease/rental agreement with the name, address, and telephone number of the owner/lessee (current within 30 days);
  • Utility bill (current within 30 days);
  • New Mexico driver's license, New Mexico identification card, or other government issued photo ID with the address of the residence (current within 30 days);
  • Mail delivered by the United States Postal Service other than general mail addressed to occupant or resident with the address of the residence (current);
  • Correspondence addressed to the parent(s) from an office of a federal, state, or local county governmental agency (current);
  • Voter registration documentation from Bernalillo County with the address of the residence;
  • A current motor vehicle registration (tag receipt) with the address of the residence;
  • Military orders indicating the family lives on a local military base;
  • A valid, district-approved transfer to the school outside the geographical boundary of the residence of the student; or
  • Any other document(s) that, based on the professional judgment of the school administration, provides evidence of intent to remain at the location of legal residence within the geographic boundaries of the school.

Administrative Position:

  • Assistant Superintendent for School and Community

Support

Department Director:

  • Director of Student, School and Community Service Center

References

Legal Cross Ref.:

  • §22-1-4, NMSA 1978
  • §22-15-5 NMSA 1978

Board Policy Cross Ref.:

Procedural Directive Cross Ref.:

NSBA/NEPN Classification: JCA

Reviewed: March 18, 2013
Adopted: April 16, 2013

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