Resident status requires domicile in Colorado for 12 continuous months or more immediately preceding the first day of class of the semester for which resident status is sought. "Domicile" is a person's true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation. It is the place where the individual intends to remain and to which the individual intends to return when he or she leaves.
Establishment of a new domicile in Colorado occurs when an individual is physically present in Colorado and does not intend to return to the state from which he or she was formerly domiciled (or to acquire a domicile at some other place outside of Colorado). The domicile of a non-emancipated minor is the same as that of a parent or legal guardian. Students over the age of 22 years, second-year graduate students, married students and emancipated minors are qualified to determine their own domicile.
Evidence of intent to make Colorado your permanent home and legal residence is demonstrated by giving up all your legal ties with any prior state and establishing them with Colorado for at least 12 continuous months. Intent is demonstrated by completing all applicable actions to legally tie yourself to the State as would be expected of any other Colorado resident.
Pursuant to Colorado law, the following legal ties may be considered evidence of Colorado domicile:
- Payment of Colorado state individual income tax.
- State of Colorado driver’s license or state of Colorado ID, established for a minimum of 12 months.
- State of Colorado voter registration, established for a minimum of 12 months.
- Vehicle registration in Colorado, established for a minimum of 12 months.
- Graduation from a Colorado high school.
- Continued residence in the state of Colorado during periods when not enrolled as a student or during periods between academic sessions.
- Employment in Colorado (other than that provided to students on a temporary basis by CU or other temporary employment).
- Acceptance of future permanent employment in the state of Colorado.
- Ownership of residential real property in Colorado.
- Any other factor particular to the individual that tends to establish the necessary intent to make Colorado a permanent home.
NOTE: No single factor or combination of these factors may be considered conclusive evidence of domicile.
Any connections maintained with any other state during the 12-month period for establishing domicile may be viewed as negative intent to make Colorado one’s permanent home. A variety of evidence can indicate domicile outside Colorado.
- Failure to pay Colorado state income tax, if your income is sufficient to be taxed
- Filing a Colorado state income tax return as a non-resident or filing with an out-of-state address
- Failure to obtain a Colorado driver’s license or Colorado ID
- Residing in another state between academic terms or when not enrolled as a student
- Maintenance of a home in another state
- Prolonged absence from Colorado, except for military or civilian government service or for temporary absences required by an employer
- Being registered to vote in another state
- Any other factor particular to your situation that indicates non-Colorado domicile