It also makes sense to establish as many connections near your new address as possible to prove your intent should it ever come into question.
You need to also be aware of what the local laws are for the places you actually find yourself staying at and have connections to.
It makes the most sense to use the same address for everything – identification, insurance, vehicle registrations, voting, tax filing, bills, bank & credit card statements, etc.
You may intend to be considered domiciled in, say, South Dakota – but if you spend most your time in a more tax-aggressive state you may find yourself unintentionally considered as a resident – and thus owing state taxes, or being ticketed for not having your vehicles properly registered (Here’s a guide from AAA that goes over vehicle registration rules for each state.) If you’re going to be in a state regularly and long enough to meet their residency conditions, it may be a good idea to just setup your domicile there anyway.
If you have circumstances that are anything but straightforward – it’s highly advised you consult a domicile savvy attorney or advisor for guidance.
A lot of the resources you’ll find on the web may be several years out of date.
The rules for establishing residency in a state will vary widely by state, so it’s important to fully research the states you are considering for your situation.
Most everything you do, will require having a permanent address.
For US citizens, you need a legal address to handle things like a driver’s license, vehicle registration, passport, banking accounts, credit cards, insurance, filing taxes and so on.
But first, let’s talk about the difference between being a Resident and being Domiciled.
This was summed up nicely by the New York appeals court: Residence means living in a particular locality, but domicile means living in that locality with intent to make it a fixed and permanent home.
We sum up a few of the top reasons South Dakota, Texas and Florida are frequent choices of full-timers below – but this sort of information can quickly become outdated.
For sure, do your research and be careful where you get your research.
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