Steps for Obtaining North Carolina Residency
U.S. Citizens - within 10 days from the start of your first semester of classes, complete the following residentiary acts if possible:
- Obtain a North Carolina driver's license
- Register your car in NC and obtain NC license plates
- List your personal property for taxation
- Register to vote in North Carolina (U.S. Citizens only) and exercise your right to vote when possible.
- Open a savings and a checking account at a local bank or credit union.
- If possible, convert membership(s) in professional associations, service or civic groups, churches, etc. to local chapters of these groups.
- Fill out the online residency: Click here for application. IMPORTANT: Applications may not be submitted any sooner than two months before the end of your second semester.
NOTE: It is wise to save all rental agreements, canceled checks, etc. because you may be asked to provide specific proof of the dates of your residency. Do not delay in following the steps above -- the sooner you become a resident, the better chance you will have of becoming a resident for tuition purposes. As support for the claim for in-state residency for tuition purposes, the application and the supporting documentation are reviewed for a cluster of significant events occurring about the same time to determine when intent to domicile began.
International students refer to eligible visa classifications under "International Students" heading: http://go.ncsu.edu/NCRes