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Third Party Validation Letters

During the Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) process, applicants may be asked for third party validation.

In order to assist California E-rate applicants, the California Department of Education (CDE) has established guidelines for the submittal of third party validation letters for the specific situations described below.

Entity Validation

In some cases, an E-rate eligible school is not listed in the California School Directory. Applicants from the public K-12, adult education, juvenile justice, or special education programs that meet the statutory definition of an "elementary school" or "secondary school" External link opens in new window or tab. found at 20 United States Code (U.S.C.) section 7801 (19) and (45), and/or the Eligibility for non-traditional K-12 students and facilities External link opens in new window or tab. as found on the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) website, may submit a validation letter to the CDE to validate a site as an E-rate eligible school.

Click here to learn more about the Entity Validation Letter Guidelines.

Entity Relationship Validation

In some cases, the relationship between a school district, county office of education (COE) or consortium and the schools under its authority cannot be established using the California School Directory. In these cases the applicant may submit a letter to the CDE to validate the schools operating under the authority of a school district, COE or consortium.

Click here to learn more about the Entity Relationship Validation Letter Guidelines.

Questions:   Education Data Office | E-rate@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9394
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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