A. To verify the family’s residence, the applicant must provide documentation that verifies the physical address listed on the application. Documents from at least two of the following categories must be provided. Example: An item from 1. and 2. would be acceptable but not two items from 2.
1. A valid North Carolina Driver’s License or identification card issued by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.
2. A current rental or mortgage receipt, lease agreement or current utility bill showing the North Carolina address.
3. A current North Carolina motor vehicle registration in the applicant’s name and showing the current North Carolina address.
4. A document verifying that the applicant is employed in North Carolina.
5. One or more documents showing the residence in the prior state has ended such as closed bank account statement, termination of employment, or sale of a home
6. Tax records of the applicant or applicant’s legal spouse showing a current address in North Carolina.
7. Document showing registration with an employment agency in North Carolina.
8. Document showing the children have been enrolled in school or a child care facility located in North Carolina.
9. A document showing the applicant is receiving public assistance (such as Food Stamps or Medicaid) or other services which require proof of residence in North Carolina.
10. Records from a health care provider located in North Carolina that shows the family’s current North Carolina address.
11. A written declaration, subject to prosecution ,from an individual who has a social , family, or economic relationship with the family, and who has personal knowledge of the family’s intent to remain in North Carolina. (DSS-5275)
12. Current North Carolina Voter Registration card.
13. A document form Veteran’s Affairs, U.S. Military or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security verifying applicant’s intent to remain in North Carolina.
14. Official North Carolina school records or diplomas issued by North Carolina schools verifying the applicant’s intent to remain in North Carolina.
15. A document issued by a foreign consulate verifying the applicant’s intent to remain in North Carolina.
The county retains the right to deny eligibility and/or declare the documents provided are unacceptable if it is believed the documentation is false or is found to be unsatisfactory. The county can require that supporting documentation be provided. The county has the authority to determine what is considered satisfactory proof.
B. If the applicant is unable to provide two of the documents listed above in II-A, a declaration , subject to prosecution, must be signed by the applicant indicating they do not have two of the documents listed. (see DSS-5276). This should only be used as a last resort when all other avenues have been exhausted to obtain the documents noted above. However, this declaration from the applicant may be insufficient. Other evidence that verifies residence may be considered at the county’s discretion.
C. Residency may only be verified at intial application unless it is questionable or if the family terminates assistance.
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.