How Do You Become a Resident of Colorado?

Establishing residency in Colorado requires obtaining a dwelling space and acquiring proof that the move is not temporary through civic participation and financial obligations to the state. Those seeking residency also need state identification and a state tax payment. The process takes at least one year.

  1. Establish physical residency

    Obtain a physical address in the state along with proof of residency in the form of a rental agreement or mortgage contract. Receipts for housing payments, a deed to a home or written proof of tenancy from a landlord can also be used.

  2. Prove intent to stay

    Along with the new legal address, a prospective long-term resident establishes residency by obtaining a state-issued driver’s license or identification card and other items that demonstrate a commitment to the state, such as a voter registration card. All vital records must maintain the Colorado address obtained when establishing residency.

  3. Show financial support

    The provision of full-time employment and the payment of state income taxes show financial obligation and support. Prospective residents must be at least 23 years old or not legal dependents. To show proof, tax forms or legal emancipation documents are necessary. Failure to pay taxes in Colorado or establishing financial ties in another state can disqualify a prospective resident.