What is Lawful Presence Verification?

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has created a new policy requiring University System Institutions to verify the lawful presence in the United States of all admitted students entering Kennesaw State University in the fall 2011 semester or later. 

BOR Policy 4.3.4:  “University System institution shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted person applying for resident tuition status (in-state tuition).

Students will have a registration hold placed on their record until the lawful presence verification requirement is satisfied.

You can submit your documents in person at the appropriate Admissions Office or online by using the Lawful Presence Verification Submission Form.

How can a Student Verify Lawful Presence?

  • Students who file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and are eligible for federal student aid will have their lawful presence verified as part of the FAFSA process.
  • Students admitted on an F, J or M Visa will have their lawful presence verified through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  • Students admitted on any other Visa will have their lawful presence verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program.
  • Once admitted, all other students may provide one of the following legal documents to the appropriate University Admissions Office -- Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of Graduate Admission to satisfy the lawful verification requirement.
      • A clear copy of an original or certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. The copy must very clearly show the raised or written seal to be acceptable.
      • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
      • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
      • A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).
      • A current U.S. Passport.
      • A current Driver’s License/ID issued by the State of Georgia.
        A FN, Limited-Term, Nonrenewable and Nontransferable, Not for REAL ID purposes, T, or Temporary license/ID are not acceptable. Click here to see a chart of states DL/ID we can accept. 
      • A current military ID (service member only, not dependent). Documented using the Confirmation of Review of Military ID Worksheet – A photocopy is not acceptable
      • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551). We require both the front & back sides of your Permanent Resident Card to be submitted in color. It must not expire before the first day of class of the term the student will start KSU.

While the review is ongoing, we want to provide an initial list of the states from which licenses and ID cards may now be accepted as evidence of U.S. lawful presence. Since states may issue REAL ID compliant licenses and IDs to non-citizens who do not have U.S. lawful presence under the BOR policies, the requirements for acceptance are provided for each state below.

Only unexpired licenses and state-issued IDs with the REAL ID symbol may be accepted. Information on the REAL ID symbol and examples are provided on the attached TSA REAL ID Factsheet (also available online at www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/resources/realid_factsheet.pdf).

Please contact us at 470-KSU-INFO (470-578-4636) if you have any questions.

  • State
    DL/ID Requirementsfor Acceptance
  • Alabama
    Must NOT be marked “FN”
  • Alaska
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
  • California
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term.” Instruction Permits, Commercial Learner’s Permits, and temporary licenses cannot be accepted.
  • Delaware
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”
  • Florida
    Must NOT be marked “Temporary”
  • Georgia
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
  • Idaho
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
  • Iowa
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
  • Kentucky
    Must NOT be marked “Not for REAL ID purposes”
  • Louisiana
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
  • Maryland
    Must NOT indicate “T” restriction
  • Missouri 
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” 
  • Montana
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”
  • Nevada
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
  • North Carolina
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
  • Ohio
    Must NOT indicate that it is “Nonrenewable and Nontransferable”
  • Oklahoma
    Must NOT be marked “Temporary”
  • South Carolina
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
  • Tennessee
    Must NOT be marked “Temporary”
  • Texas
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”
  • Vermont
    Must NOT be marked “Limited Term”
  • Wisconsin
    Must NOT be marked “LimitedTerm”

Please contact us at 470-KSU-INFO (470-578-4636) if you have any questions.