COVID-19 and Fall Residency

The COVID-19 pandemic made the 12-month durational requirement difficult for students whose intent was to fulfill this requirement for Fall 2020, but had left New Mexico in response to the pandemic and subsequent move of classes to remote delivery.

For the Fall 2020 semester, the 12-month physical presence requirement is waived for students who remained enrolled for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. However, students that need an exception to the 12-month physical presence requirement must provide an unofficial transcript. All other residency requirements remain in place. This transcript will also count as one of two overt requirements. Information about residency, and the petition, can be found here:

For most students, proof of a New Mexico driver’s license (NMDL) is required. The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) is open by appointment. The Registrar’s Office will accept a temporary license, a receipt of payment, or an acknowledgement of an appointment by the MVD as proof of intent to obtain the NMDL. The appointment does not need to be prior to the petitioning deadline, but the application for an appointment must be.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on student residency requirements. Changes to the requirements will be considered, if necessary, to accommodate students whose circumstances are impacted by further COVID-19 emergencies. Any changes will be posted to the Registrar’s website.