Homeschool State Laws

Before you start homeschooling, make sure you understand the homeschool state laws in the area where you live. It’s important to start off your journey on the right foot and do your due diligence for your family before you even buy your first curriculum set, or decide to take your kids out of school.

Here’s a great info map for those of you interested in the legalities of homeschooling in the U.S. Listed below in the table you will find how lenient or stringent your homeschool state laws are. If you live outside of the U.S., scroll to the bottom for more information on homeschooling around the world.

Homeschool state laws for the U.S.

Color Key

Green: Legal under no conditions. No notice required.

Yellow:  Legal under very low regulating conditions.

such as mandatory tests and checks

Orange:  Legal under a few restricting conditions, but only moderate regulation. Check for specifics on your state’s regulations.

Red: High moderation, but legal. Check to see if you will need a teaching certificate, permit, or mandatory state testing and portfolios.

This map is found on

Homeschooling around the world

If you live in a country other than the U.S., you might like to check out this map, provided by Wikipedia.

If you are just beginning your homeschool journey, be sure to check out more information on homeschooling laws, as well as info on how to start homeschooling. Also, be sure to check out this podcast about homeschooling legally. Enjoy, and please reach out if you have any questions.

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