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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 the required documentation shall request an exception with the superintendent, or his/her designee.

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 or Bernalillo County 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, official order of relocation to New Mexico. Families  may enroll their children in public schools prior to their actual physical presence in the district and provide proof of residence in the district within forty-five (45) days of published arrival
  • A valid, district-approved transfer to the school outside the geographical boundary of the residence of the student
  • Mail delivered by the United States Postal Service other than general mail addressed to occupant or resident with the address of the residence (current)
  • A current motor vehicle registration (tag receipt) with the address of the residence

Administrative Position:

  • Chief Information and Strategy Officer

  • Chief Operations Officer

  • Associate Superintendents for Leadership and Learning

Department Director:

  • Executive Director of Student, Parent, Employee Service Center
  • School Principals


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
Reviewed: July 7, 2021
Revised: July 14, 2021