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You should follow the law of the state in which you are physically present. This is true even if your legal residency is in another state and you are only living elsewhere temporarily (such as if you are an active member of the military completing a temporary assignment). This is because when you are physically present in a state, even temporarily, you are subject to that state’s laws—and often to the jurisdiction of its courts.

If you will be living in another state longer than a month while that state’s public schools are in session, HSLDA generally recommends that you comply with that state’s homeschool requirements. This general recommendation applies even if you or your spouse pay taxes, own property, or have employment in a different state.

If you’re an HSLDA member, please contact your state's legal team for specific advice about how state home education laws apply in your specific situation.

You can find homeschool laws for all 50 states and US territories on our interactive legal map. It provides detailed information about how to homeschool legally in your state, how to withdraw your child from public school, and more.

If you’re an HSLDA member, you can also use our state-specific forms and documents to simplify any homeschool paperwork you may have. Scroll down to the bottom of your state legal page to find your state-specific forms.

HSLDA has state-specific legal forms for members. On our interactive legal map, you can click on your state and then scroll down the page until you see a section titled Homeschooling Forms

If your state homeschool law specifies a minimum score or percentile for your child’s required year-end standardized testing and your child doesn’t meet that minimum, please contact your state’s legal team immediately. We will work with you on important next steps to communicate clearly with officials while keeping your child and your homeschool moving forward. 


Court Upholds State-Sponsored “Kidnapping” of Homeschooled Boy

December 22, 2009: Domenic Johansson's kidnapping by the state is upheld in Swedish court

Tutors? Co-ops? Private schools?

A state law primer for the new-to-homeschooling parent.

State Homeschool Organizations

State homeschool organizations can be a tremendous resource for information and opportunities. Browse our index to find yours!

Supporting Families with Special Needs

Resources for State Organizations

Homeschool Laws By State

Choose your state or territory to get detailed information on how to withdraw from public school, homeschooling requirements including testing & mandatory subjects, plus resources and more.

Am I a Mandatory Reporter?

Every state has laws that require certain people to report all suspected child abuse and neglect to the proper authorities or be liable to prosecution. Find out if this applies to you.

Family Execution—Swedish Style

Appeals Court Reversal Stuns Parents of Boy Seized by the State

COVID-19: Has Annual Testing for Homeschoolers Changed?

Continue to comply with the legal requirements set by state law for assessments, but use the flexibility the law allows.

Defend Homeschool Freedom: Join Your State Homeschool Organizations!

State groups offer resources and unite your voice with other homeschoolers. Find your homeschool state group here.

State Senator, Homeschooling Mom | Ep. 11

Be encouraged and inspired to serve your community by tuning in with Patricia Rucker, state senator and homeschool mom of five!