Information on Certificate of Residence

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will temporarily be accepting applications for certificates of residence by email, with the original application also being submitted by regular mail. Documents virtually notarized are acceptable at this time also as per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 202.7 which allows “virtual notarization” in New York State. Students should contact the notary they will be using to obtain more information on this. Please note that the student is still required to sign the application. All other requirements remain the same, and the application and guidelines may be found at the link below.

The email address to submit applications for certificates of residence is

What is a Certificate of Residence? Why do I need one?

If you are a Suffolk County resident and are attending a community college that is not located in Suffolk County, you may apply for a certificate of residence. Once you receive the certificate of residence from Suffolk County, you must submit it to the college you are attending. The certificate of residence will enable the college to charge you resident tuition. Without the certificate of residence, you will be charged the non-resident tuition which could be double the amount of residency tuition.

Download the affidavit/application form by clicking on the link below. Attached to the form is an instruction sheet titled “Guidelines for Suffolk County Certificate of Residence”. Please read this carefully as it will provide you with the information you need to obtain a certificate of residence. Most questions pertaining to the certificate of residence can be answered by clicking on the “Frequently Asked Questions” link below. Also provided is a checklist for you to verify that your affidavit/application is completed correctly.

If you have additional questions, you may call 631-853-5052 between 9 am & 4 pm, Monday thru Friday.