Certificate of Residence in Onondaga County
Where does one apply for the Certificate?
By Mail: Onondaga County Finance Department In Person: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00
p.m., Monday through Friday
John H. Mulroy Civic Center 15th Floor Phone (315) 435-2426 Fax (315) 435-2421
421 Montgomery St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Who may apply for the Certificate of Residence in Onondaga County?
• Residents of Onondaga County who plan to attend a Community College outside Onondaga County within NY State.
• A student must be a continuous resident of New York State for one year and a resident in Onondaga County for 6 months
at the time of application.
Who cannot apply for the Certificate in Onondaga County?
• Residents of Onondaga County planning on attending Onondaga Community
• Students living in Onondaga County for the purpose of attending
college. Their legal address is that of their parent/guardian
who claims them on their New York income tax return or
the student's residence prior to attending college.
• Members of the Armed Services serving here part-time on active
duty. Their legal address is their former/permanent address.
When can the Certificate be applied for?
No earlier than 60 days prior to registration of the class(es) or no later than 30 days after classes begin. This must be applied for
upon the start of every school year and is valid for one year from the date of
issuance. Students not sending proper documentation or not applying on a timely basis, will be responsible for the non-resident tuition rate.
What documents are needed?
1. An Application Form. Print here, or it may be obtained from the college or at the Onondaga
County Finance Department.
THE APPLICATION MUST BE NOTARIZED if it is sent by mail or if it is brought in by someone other than the student.
If the student is applying in person, we can notarize the form. Bring a valid NY State License or ID. Relatives may NOT notarize
2. Documentary proof of residence for the past 1 year and current mail dated within 30 days.
This proof must be:
a. In the student's name. Proof of parent's or guardian's address is not proof of
where the student lives.
b. Physical address. P.O. Boxes will not be accepted.
c. Dated at least one year ago in
New York State and a minimum of 6 months in Onondaga County. If you've lived in New York State for the full year, but in Onondaga
County for less than 6 months, please provide proof for all residences within
the past year.
d. Preprinted. Handwritten or personal/professional affidavits will not be accepted as proof.
See the list below for acceptable proof.
If address has not changed 2 proofs are required:
One more than 1 year old & 1 less than 1 month old.
A 6 month old document would be required if student has moved with the above time period.
a. New York State Driver's License, Learner's Permit or State ID Card
b. Sheriff's ID (the expiration date is shown and is 5 years from the issue date) and
c. Voter's Registration Card or printout from the Board of Elections (located at 1000 Erie Blvd. W. Syracuse, NY)
d. Parents' Income Tax Return filed the previous year claiming the student as
a dependant (must be preprinted and prepared by a Tax accountant).
e. Student's Income Tax Return filed the previous year (must be preprinted and prepared by a Tax accountant).
f. Payroll Stub, W-2
g. Bank Statement, Loan Agreement
h. Utility Bill, Doctor's bill
i. School Transcript(High School or College), Report Card, Registration, etc
j. Mortgage or Property Tax Bill
k. Car Registration, Insurance Card
l. Postmarked Mail
a. Birth Certificate
b. High School/College ID
d. Personal/Professional Affidavits
e. Proof of Residency in Parents'/Guardians' names.
f. Social Security Card
Why should a Certificate of Residence be completed?
Failure to submit a Certificate of Residence to the college may result in delayed
registration and/or may cause the student to be charged the higher, Out-of-State
(Non-Resident) tuition rate. The student is responsible for the timely completion
of the application and submission to the County.
This document of residency provides proof to the college (in person or on-line)
that the student resides within New York State, thereby charging the student
the lower, In-State (Resident) tuition rate. When residency has been proven in
Onondaga County for the past 6 months, the County will then be charged the difference
between the In-State (Resident) tuition and the Out-of-State (Non-Resident) tuition
The Education Law pertaining to the Certificate of Residence:
You can view Education Law Article 126. Pertaining to Resident status is Section 6301
Non-Resident [Out-of-County] and Out-of-State
Students (Certificates of Residence) is Section 6305