Proof of Residency

Proof of Residency Documentation

Proof of residency documentation is required of all students beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The documentation can be scanned and submitted online as part of the PowerSchool online enrollment process, provided at a registration event , or taken to your child’s school from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday. To ensure all information has been processed and that schedules can be completed by the first day of school, online enrollment and proof of residency documentation should be submitted no later than Tuesday, August 22, 2017.


Acceptable Proof of Residency Documentation
These are acceptable proof of residency documents:

  • A copy of a current (current or previous month) utility bill (electric, gas, water) which shows the current usage on it;
  • A current lease (for 30 days until a utility bill is available);
  • If you have recently purchased your home, a copy of the closing papers will suffice until a utility bill is available to reproduce (within 30 days); or
  • If you are living with a friend or a relative within Northwest ISD, an affidavit must be completed, notarized, and provided to the school's front office along with a current utility bill. A notary at our NISD schools can notarize this affidavit. 

If you are living in Northwest ISD attendance boundaries, but cannot provide one of the above forms of documentation, please contact 817-698-1099 or DistrictRegistrar@nisdtx.org for individualized assistance.

If you have an approved transfer for the 2017-2018 school year, provide the proof of residency documentation as noted above. The campus will track your transfer and will be aware of your status.

In accordance with state law, exceptions will be made for homeless students and students in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.


Students who do not provide proof of residency will be withdrawn from NISD schools.
We realize that this requirement could impact some families if they have moved outside of the Northwest ISD boundaries without updating their home address and informing the district. If a family is no longer living in Northwest ISD, they are encouraged to enroll their child in the appropriate school district before the start of school. Students who do not currently live inside NISD attendance boundaries (unless exempt because of an exception in state law) will be withdrawn from Northwest ISD schools.


Students whose proof of residency does not match their attendance zone will be enrolled in the proper school.
The location of a students’ residence within the NISD attendance boundaries determines which school a child will attend (unless exempt because of an exception in state law). If a family has moved and their proof of residency documents do no match their attendance zone, the student will be enrolled in the proper school based on current NISD attendance boundaries. If a family is no longer living in the same NISD attendance zone, they are encouraged to enroll their child in the appropriate school before the start of school. Click here to find out which campus your child will attend. 

If you have an approved transfer for the 2017-2018 school year, the campus will track your transfer and will be aware of your status.


Why is Northwest ISD requiring proof of residency documentation?
Northwest ISD has always required documentation of district residency for new students upon enrollment, and the district has always expected families to be truthful when completing annual registration information.

Requiring that an actual copy of the proof of residency document be provided is simply an additional step for the 2017-2018 school year. For our Northwest ISD families who are unfamiliar with this common state-wide practice, we recognize that this change may require a little bit more time to locate and provide the information, but we do not believe it creates a burden for legitimate NISD families.

Northwest ISD is rapidly growing with student enrollment increasing between 1,000 and 1,200 students each year. This rapid growth places a strain on our facilities, attendance boundaries, and district budget. This added step is additional assurance that district taxpayers are funding the education of NISD students as the district continues to grow.


Are there any exceptions to who can attend NISD schools?
All Northwest ISD students must reside in the NISD attendance boundary, with the exception of a few special circumstances:

  • Homeless students, in accordance with state law.
  • Students in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services, in accordance with state law.
  • Children of NISD employees or contract employees with an approved transfer.
  • Students living outside of the district who were granted an interdistrict transfer prior to March 31, 2017. (NISD Board Policy changed, closing the district to out-of-district transfers.)

Falsifying information can result in punishment, fines, and tuition expenses.
Any person who knowingly falsifies information on a form required for enrollment of a student in a school district commits a crime under Texas Penal Code § 37.10. It is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500. It is a third degree felony if it is done with intent to defraud or harm another, punishable by a prison sentence of 2-10 years, plus a fine up to $10,000.00. A person who falsifies enrollment information is also liable to the district for the maximum tuition fee the district may charge under Texas Education Code § 25.038, or the amount the district has budgeted for each student as maintenance and operations expenses, whichever is higher (around $8,600 per student, per year).