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Univeristy of Colorado Denver :: Office of the Registrar

Proof of Lawful Presence in the U.S.

Colorado House Bill 06S-1023

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In July 2006 the Colorado State Legislature enacted HB 06S-1023, which became effective on August 1, 2006. The legislation requires all citizens who apply for state-funded benefits that entail any payment or financial assistance provide proof that they are lawfully present in the United States.

Some of these benefits that are provided at the University of Colorado include in-state tuition, the College Opportunity Fund, some types of institutional and state-sponsored financial aid and any other benefits for which there is an application, excluding any employment benefits.

What you need to do

Please present in person one of these identification documents and complete the required affidavit form in our office. If you are unable to present one of these types of documentation, please read and follow the waiver process below.

For additional questions please view our Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) document or contact us.

Waiver process

A first-time applicant or applicant seeking to reapply for public benefits on or after August 1, 2006, and before March 1, 2007, may demonstrate lawful presence by both executing the affidavit required in §24-76.5-103(4)(b) C.R.S. and being verfied with an electronic identification indicator (EII).

3.1.1. Applicants who quallify for this EII process are those who:

  • due to chronic health or medical condition, lacks sufficient mobility to appear in person to apply for a Colorado driver’s license or identification card,
  • due to lack of a permanent physical address in Colorado, does not qualify for a Colorado driver’s license or identification card, or
  • may lack sufficient documentation to receive a Colorado driver’s license or identification card.

This would include students from the following states where the driver’s license is not one of the accepted state credentials:  Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

Note that UC Denver will follow-up with the Department of Revenue (DOR) to make certain their form has been accepted as a waiver.  If not, the student will be out of compliance.  At this time, we are unsure of the lag time for the DOR to complete the waiver process.

NOTE:  Students from one of the states noted above may apply for a Colorado driver's license or Colorado ID, but they must then relinquish their ID from the other state.  This is important information for students in their decision about whether to go to the Driver's License Bureau to get a Colorado driver's license.

If you are unable to physically present these documents

Downtown Campus students

Please contact us at 303.315.2600, and we will guide you through this process.

Anschutz Medical Campus students

Please contact us at 303.724.8059, and we will guide you through this process.​​

Office of the Registrar

Denver Campus: Phone: 303.315.2600 • Fax: 303.315.2550 • Email:

The Anschutz Medical Campus: Phone: 303.724.8059 • Fax: 303.724.8060 • Email:

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