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Old 02-24-2016, 06:03 PM   #1
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Full timing and driver license question.

Splitting the year between Indiana and Arizona. Can I have my motorhome plated in Indiana and drivers license in Az. Using my daughters address in In.
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Old 02-24-2016, 06:20 PM   #2
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The law says no, I think there is some time limit where you must register in the correct state.

However, this only come into play if you get stopped for some reason, or a local officer sees your RV around a lot and then questions why you have re- registered.

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I actually think you'd be screwed in either state if pulled for any violation.
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Not unless you're in the military. In Texas, you have 30 days to get a Texas license after you move to the state. Buying tags in Texas means you've moved there.
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The law says no, I think there is some time limit where you must register in the correct state.

However, this only come into play if you get stopped for some reason, or a local officer sees your RV around a lot and then questions why you have re- registered.

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Dan, If you live part year in Indiana and Arizona and the 5 states inbetween, all in your motorhome, then which is the correct state?
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Dan, If you live part year in Indiana and Arizona and the 5 states inbetween, all in your motorhome, then which is the correct state?
Which state do you pay taxes in?

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Which state do you pay taxes in?

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Better yet........which state is address in that is on your DL?

You can pay taxes in several states.
DL address.......only one state and that state is your residency

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Splitting the year between Indiana and Arizona. Can I have my motorhome plated in Indiana and drivers license in Az. Using my daughters address in In.
To answer your question, to be in full compliance with the law and to avoid insurance complications, I think your drivers license and vehicle registrations would need to be in the same place.

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).

SD, FL and TX are the states most frequently chosen by full-timers because they all make it relatively easy to establish residency and none of them have state income tax. When choosing a domicile, you also have to consider things like medical insurance cost and availability (especially if you're not eligible for Medicare), vehicle registration cost and vehicle insurance cost.
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The perfectly legal exception to all the above No answers, is if you actually own property in both states. The law generally requires you to register & insure vehicles in the state where they are primarily garaged when not in use. That's not always your home state or drivers license state. My home state is SD and 8 of my 10 vehicles are registered there. But the spare pickup I keep at my NM ranch is registered & insured in NM. The Jeep I keep at my Co summer home is registered & insured there. Both SD, NM & CO all instructed me that this was the correct & required procedure.
When I get stopped by law enforcement I don't get struck by lightning or taken to jail because my DL is from SD and my vehicle is from NM or CO.
PS: as for Tx, there are 1000's of Texans who have vehicles stored at their summer homes in Co, who all have Co registered vehicles kept at those summer homes and a Tx DL. Just as there are 1000's of NY'ers with NY DL who keep a spare vehicle registered & insured in Fla at their winter homes in Fla.
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In reality, there is no specific time that the timer starts because nobidy is tracking it. You don't "Sign -in" to the state when you cross state line.

You could have easily come into the state 1 week ago, nobody actually tracks that.

The whole thing comes down to each state wanting the money for the registration. Getting into a minor accident, the cops won't even bother coming (if nobody injured). So the question is likely to never get raised.

If I am on a 9 month tour of the US, nobody expects me to change my registration.

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The perfectly legal exception to all the above No answers, is if you actually own property in both states. The law generally requires you to register & insure vehicles in the state where they are primarily garaged when not in use. That's not always your home state or drivers license state. My home state is SD and 8 of my 10 vehicles are registered there. But the spare pickup I keep at my NM ranch is registered & insured in NM. The Jeep I keep at my Co summer home is registered & insured there. Both SD, NM & CO all instructed me that this was the correct & required procedure.
When I get stopped by law enforcement I don't get struck by lightning or taken to jail because my DL is from SD and my vehicle is from NM or CO.
PS: as for Tx, there are 1000's of Texans who have vehicles stored at their summer homes in Co, who all have Co registered vehicles kept at those summer homes and a Tx DL. Just as there are 1000's of NY'ers with NY DL who keep a spare vehicle registered & insured in Fla at their winter homes in Fla.
Of course you're right if you own property. He stated he was using his daughter's address in Indiana so I assumed he wasn't actually a legal resident of Indiana otherwise he'd use his own address.
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We recently changed our residence from Kentucky to Florida (we have property in both states)

We could not register our vehicles in FL without FL insurance.

We could not get Fl insurance without a FL drivers license.

As stated above, Florida is one of the popular states for full timers. No state income tax, low registration fees on vehicles.

Of course there is a catch, insurance is more expensive.

You might look into one of the mail forwarding services (St Brendans Island????) to help establish residency if you are interested in doing that.
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I am not a fulltimer, but I also have "dual residency". My DL is in AZ (I own property there, and spend some time during the year). Most of my vehicles are registered in CA (but not all) where I spend most of my time, and own property as well. Since I like speeding, I've been pulled over "few" times, and cops always ask "where do you live". My answer is in AZ and CA, (soon to be ID too). I recently acquired property in ID too.

My DP is tagged in NM with CA address, without any issues with NM DMV. One cop once asked "where do you pay taxes",......my answer was "everywhere"!
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The law says no, I think there is some time limit where you must register in the correct state.
However, this only come into play if you get stopped for some reason, or a local officer sees your RV around a lot and then questions why you have re- registered.
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If that where true you could drive any vehicle in any state without registering it at all.
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