Application for a CDS Code

This application is to be used by local educational agencies (LEAs) to notify the California Department of Education (CDE) of the establishment of a California public school and to apply for a County-District-School (CDS) code for the newly established school. This application is also used to change a school's authorizing district or to reopen a closed school. To apply for a CDS code for a private school, please refer to the CDE Filing the Private School Affidavit External link opens in new window or tab. web page.

Prior to completing this application, please ensure that you have all of the required information and have read the Application for a CDS Code Instructions External link opens in new window or tab..

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NOTE: If you are attempting to update information for an existing school, please use the CDE Online Public Update for Schools (OPUS – CDS) web site.

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