Columbus State University Print Logo

Verification of Lawful Presence

Effective Fall 2011, upon acceptance to Columbus State University, all students seeking in-state tuition are required to verify their lawful presence in the United States. The following documents are acceptable:

  • A photocopied image or photo of a current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008. A limited term license-- a license issued for a period of less than two years--is not acceptable .
  • A photocopied image or photo of a current Driver's License issued by the State of Alabama after February 1, 2008. A limited term license--a license issued for a period of less than two years--is not acceptable .
  • A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current U.S. Passport.
  • A Certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy or faxed copy provided by the student is not acceptable .
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N - 550 or N - 570).
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N - 560 or N - 561).
  • 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, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551).

Acceptable photocopies and photos of lawful presence may be emailed to Data_Entry@ColumbusState.Edu.

Common Questions and Answers:

Q: Does verifying my lawful presence allow me to pay in-state tuition?
A: No, you must submit the required documents to prove your residency in Georgia.

Q: I am expecting to receive an out of state tuition waiver. Do I need to provide proof of lawful presence?
A: Yes, the policy states that anyone receiving an out-of-state tuition waiver must provide proof of lawful presence.

Q: I have been in Georgia my entire life; do I have to submit documentation to prove my lawful presence?
A: Yes, all incoming students must provide documentation.

Q: Can I get my certified Birth Certificate back if I mail it in once I have proven lawful presence?
A: The certified Birth Certificate will be held in your admission file and is unable to be returned to you.

Q: Is a social security card an acceptable form of lawful presence?
A: While all U.S. citizen applicants are required to provide a social security number on their application, the card itself does not satisfy the lawful presence requirement.

Q: How do I get this information to the Admissions Office?
A: You may mail or hand deliver a copy of your acceptable documentation to our office (Birth Certificates must be the original). Please do not fax your driver's license or passport. You may also e-mail acceptable photocopied or photographed documents to Data_Entry@ColumbusState.edu.Our Mailing Address:

Columbus State University

Office of Admission

4225 University Ave

Columbus, GA 31907

If you have additional questions, please contact us at (706)507-8800 or at admissions@columbusstate.edu