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Verification of Citizenship or Lawful Immigration Status

Arizona state law requires students to provide verification of citizenship, permanent residency or other lawful immigration status if they are classified as residents for tuition purposes or if they are seeking any type of financial assistance that is subsidized or paid in whole or in part with state monies.  Students that need to complete this requirement are notified on My ASU via a Priority Task or Registration Hold.   

All students are advised to complete this requirement as early as possible, however students with an F1 or J1 visa must wait until after they arrived on campus. 

Verification Process

Option 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Verifying via the FAFSA is preferred.  Students verified this way do not need to provide any additional documentation.   Your priority task will be marked complete when ASU receives and accepts your FAFSA (which is typically five to seven days after your FAFSA is submitted to the US Department of Education).  You may need to provide additional information if your FAFSA is rejected or selected for review by Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.      

Option 2: Submit Documents Electronically

Students can upload appropriate documents electronically using ASU’s secure web form.  A list of acceptable documents is provided on the web form.  All documentation is subject to review and students may be asked to provide additional information. Processing time is 2-3 business days.    

Option 3: Submit Documents in-person, by mail or via email

Students can submit documents in-person at any registrar location, by mail or by email to registrar@asu.edu.  Copies of your documentation is acceptable provided they are legible and unaltered.  All documentation is subject to review and students may be asked to provide additional information. Processing time is 2-3 business days.    

Mail to:    

Arizona State University
University Registrar Services 
P.O. Box 870312
Tempe, AZ 85287-0312

Documentation submitted in-person, by mail or by email must include a signed copy of the Citizenship Verification Form

Completing this requirement is the student’s responsibility.  Students that do not provide verification will be charged non-resident tuition and will not be eligible for state-funded financial aid.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact University Registrar Services at 480.965.3124.

Acceptable Documents for Verifying Citizenship or Other Lawful Immigration Status

Documents most frequently submitted by U.S. citizens:

  • Arizona Driver's License
  • U.S. Birth Certificate (with photo ID)
  • Signed U.S. Passport
  • Non-Arizona Driver’s License (licenses and permits from the following states are NOT permissible: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia). 
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs ID Card, Tribal ID Card, or Certificate of Indian Blood (with photo ID)
  • Signed U.S. Social Security Card (with photo ID)
  • Signed Certificate of U.S. Citizenship or Signed Certificate of Naturalization (with photo ID)
  • U.S. Military ID or DD-214 documentation (with photo ID)
  • U.S. Armed Forces Driver’s License
  • Voter's Registration Card (with photo ID)
  • Military dependent’s ID card
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) Issued by State Department

Documents most frequently submitted by non-U.S. citizens:

  • Signed unexpired Foreign Passport and valid U.S. Visa
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • F1 Visa and I-20 (signed)
  • J1 Visa and DS-2019 (signed)
  • Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571) issued since 2003
  • Form I-94 arrival/departure record with endorsement (expiration date must not have passed); stamp showing admission under section 207 (refugees) or section 208 (asylee) of the Immigration Nationality Act

If you are unable to provide verification or if you have questions, please contact University Registrar Services at 480.965.3124.