As of August 1, 2006, Colorado House Bill 06S-1023 requires that all state agencies verify the lawful presence of all applicants for public benefits.†
Who is required to show proof of lawful presence?
- All students who are classified as Colorado residents.
- All students who participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) programs.
- All students who receive state or institutionally funded financial assistance which may include scholarships, work-study, and need-based grants.
Are there any students who are exempt from having to verify lawful presence?
No, there are no exemptions from having to verify lawful presence.† However, the following students are considered to have met the requirements and will not be required to submit additional information to the University:
- Any student who has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and had valid results sent to the University of Northern Colorado.
- Any student who has completed the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend application process and has been successfully verified by the Colorado Department of Revenue.
- Any student who is also employed by the University of Northern Colorado and has a valid I-9 on file.
How often do I have to do this?
You will only need to complete the process once during your time at the University.
How do I complete the lawful presence verification process?
To satisfy this requirement you will need to come to the Registrarís Office and complete the following steps:
- Present a valid form of identification and
- Present a valid form of proof of citizenship or lawful presence
- Complete an affidavit stating that you are a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or are otherwise lawfully present in U.S. pursuant to federal law.
Documents accepted as proof of Lawful Presence and Identification are:
- A valid Colorado driver's license (includes only a current driver's license; minor driver's license; probationary driver's license, commercial driver's license, restricted driver's license; instruction permit or identification card) or
- Valid Colorado identification card , or
- U.S. military card or military dependent's identification card, or
- Valid driver's license or ID card bearing applicant's photograph issued by a lawful presence state. All states are lawful presence states including the District of Columbia with the exception of: Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington. If on the face of the license or ID card presented it says that it is an Enhanced driverís license or ID card, then it is to be accepted as a lawful presence document or
- U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card, or
- Native American Tribal Document.
Other forms of Identification accepted are:
- Certificate verifying naturalized status issued by an authorized agency of the United States bearing Applicant's intact photograph impressed with the raised embossed seal of the issuing agency;
- Certificate verifying United States citizenship issued by an authorized agency of the United States bearing Applicant's intact photograph impressed with the raised embossed seal of the issuing agency;
- Valid immigration documents demonstrating Lawful Presence and verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security. Valid immigration documents are as follows:
- Unexpired Foreign Passport bearing an unexpired "Processed for I-551" stamp or with an attached unexpired "Temporary I-551" visa.
- Unexpired Foreign Passport accompanied by an "I-94" indicating a specific future "until" date.
- "I-94" with refugee or asylum status.
- Unexpired "Resident Alien" card, "Permanent Resident" card, "Temporary Resident" card, or "Employment Authorization" card.
Instead of coming in to the Registrarís Office, can I fax in a copy of my documentation?
No.† The Attorney Generalís office for the State of Colorado has determined that all identification must be presented in person.† If this is not possible you must submit a notarized copy of your identification along with the affidavit to the Registrarís Office by mail.
What are the consequences of not complying with this requirement?
All students receiving resident tuition, reduced non-resident tuition, or financial assistance will no longer qualify for those public benefits effective upon non-compliance.
Who should I contact with questions regarding lawful presence?
If you have questions please contact the Registrarís Office at 970-351-2231 or email email@example.com.