Social Security and Birth Certificate Requirements
Arizona law requires parents to prove their children’s age and identity each time they enroll them in a new school (A.R.S. § 15-828). Parents may provide a birth certificate, but it is not the only document that can be used to establish a child’s age and identity. Other reliable documents include a passport, a baptismal certificate or an affidavit explaining the inability to provide a copy of the birth certificate submitted with original school registration (A.R.S. § 15-828(A)(2)).
- In order to comply with A.R.S. § 15-828, charter schools should accept any documentation recognized under Arizona law that verifies the student’s identity and age, not only a birth certificate.
- Enrollment forms should not ask for Social Security numbers of students or parents.
- Enrollment forms should not ask for citizenship information about students or parents.
- Schools should only ask for the place of birth of foreign exchange students, and the Department of Education should make clear to schools this is the only time place of birth information is needed from enrollees.
- When asking if a student is the child of migrant workers or is a refugee, the school should make clear responses will only be used to provide services and will not influence enrollment.