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Old 02-25-2016, 12:56 PM   #15
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I think Mel may have been mentioning the practical explanation , not necessarily the
legal explanation
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:44 PM   #16
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Oye, oye, oye, oye, this has been discussed ad nauseum. Do a search and you'll find lots of info. For those of us who are full-timers, this seems to cause the most angst. Bottom line: you have to be legally domiciled in one of the 50 states. You can reside in various locations during a particular year, but your domicile remains the same until you do things to change it. Pick one and do everything you have to, i.e., driver's license, pay taxes, title and register your vehicles there, register to vote, even get a library card there; this is not all-inclusive. Get some professional advice if you have any doubts.
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:19 PM   #17
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There are so many full-time motorhome residents who move from state to state month by month. Don't get postal mail, don't vote, nothing that ties them to a state. We really need a national drivers license, national license plates and national insurance policies.
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:28 PM   #18
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If you are truly full-timers, however, you can choose any state you want for your domicile. You're not limited to states you happen to spend time in. There are states that have lower taxes than either IN or AZ. We spend winters in FL and summers in OH. We are officially residents of SD (no state income tax, no inheritance tax, low vehicle insurance cost, low sales tax on new vehicles).
WA has no income tax, low license cost (our Magna just cost us $116.75 for 2016), but the sales/use tax is almost 10%. Insurance is OK too. One problem is to pick the correct county as some, like ours, follow the same rules as CA on vehicle emissions so we need the DP and cars retested every two years before we can renew the tags. Estate tax only kicks in above $2,000,000 and I'm not going to leave anyone that much!
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There are so many full-time motorhome residents who move from state to state month by month. Don't get postal mail, don't vote, nothing that ties them to a state. We really need a national drivers license, national license plates and national insurance policies.
Jerry, you're right, I suspect there are some folks out there doing just as you stated, and I'm not criticizing them. However, a few of them may, and I repeat "may," get tagged by one or more states depending on how they conduct their personal affairs. If challenged and they cannot dispute a state's assertion on taxes, for example, they may lose. As an example, (and I merely moved sticks and bricks from VA to FL three years ago and did everything above board), VA still maintains I owe nearly $3k in personal property taxes on vehicles I moved to FL.

You're wrong, IMHO, that we need to nationalize licenses. Last thing we need is a Govt.-wide data base to track our movements, and I think it would violate states' rights under the Constitution. States already provide other states' reciprocity on driver's licenses and registration, for the most part, and most insurance companies provide insurance across state lines, although policies have to be issued in the state where, generally, the vehicle(s) is registered (which goes to my first paragraph.)
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Another consideration: domicile as opposed to legal residence. They can be the same and they can be different. You can have more than one residence but only one legal domicile (which in most cases is your legal residence--the place you always intend to return to after temporary absences).
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