Student Placement
Proof of Residency 
Before any student is assigned to attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the student’s parent, legal guardian or sponsor (legal guardianship or sponsorship requires additional documentation from a court or agency) must provide proof of legal residence in Mecklenburg County.

All Documents must be pre-printed with the name and Mecklenburg County address of the student’s parent, legal guardian or sponsor and must be presented at the time of enrollment. 

 For Proof of Residency

ONE (1) of the following documents must be shown:

  • Copy of residential deed OR record of most recent residential mortgage statement
  • Notarized Residency Affidavit from homeowner/leaseholder affirming tenancy
  • Copy of residential lease
  • HUD closing statement

AND

ONE (1) of the following documents must be shown:

  • Any ONE utility bill or work order dated within the past 30 days, including: gas, water, electric, telephone, OR cable
  • Valid North Carolina Driver's License OR Valid North Carolina Identification Card
  • Dated within the past 30 days: Payroll Stub, Bank Statement OR Credit Card Statement
  • Current Vehicle Registration
  • Dated within the past year: Vehicle Tax Bill, Property Tax Bill, W-2 OR Medicaid Card

OR

ONE (1) of the following documents must be shown:

  • Letter from approved agency (group home)
  • Refugee resettlement letter
  • Copy of Charlotte Housing Authority lease

These documents are for address verification and must reflect the current address for enrollment or change of address.  CMS has an appeal process for families who have difficulty verifying proof of residency, so students can be enrolled without unnecessary delay.  Call Student Placement at 980-343-5335 or the International Center at 980-343-3784 for more information.

Residency Affidavit - This form is available at any CMS school or the Student Placement Office

Proof of Residency Frequently Asked Questions

This residency policy does not apply to homeless students, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act.

For more information about the CMS residency policy email student.placement@cms.k12.nc.us or call 980-343-5335.