How Do You Become a Legal Resident of Hawaii?

In order to become a resident of the state of Hawaii, the individual must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States and have an address in the state of Hawaii which is his primary residence. When qualifying for resident tuition, the individual must have resided in Hawaii for 12 months prior to submitting an application, or if they are or were a minor in the prior 12 months to the application, at least one parent must have been a resident for 12 months in the state.

To show proof that Hawaii is the primary place of residence, individuals can file a Hawaii resident personal income tax form, register to vote, obtain a Hawaii driver’s license, obtain a job in the state or buy or rent a home with a legal binding lease.

Proof of residency can be a driver’s license, mortgage statement, pay stub, tax return or even an electric bill with the individual’s name listed as the resident. In order to establish residency, keep a record of any actions taken to become a resident in the state. If applying for resident tuition, the campus in which the application is submitted will offer a list of all the required documents to show proof of residency.