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Old 02-03-2015, 12:18 PM   #1
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License question for a non resident?

I know that this may be a difficult question for most of you to answer as i would expect 95% of the people on here o be Us citizens.

We will be purchasing a rig in march when we come over from the UK. (buying in Florida and leaving from Houston)

I have a heavy goods license (Truck license) and an international drivers permit, I know that Rig insurance for us outsiders can be quite high, I have seen the figures between $800 up to $2000. However, i have also seen that if i were able to obtain a Floridian drivers license that premium could come down to $500 ish!

However I have been told that to get a license I would need to be able to provide some kind of Florida address and paper proof.

If I were able to find a way to do this ( I do have a couple of friends in Orlando and Miami) What paperwork would suffice?

And.....when i leave the US in 6 months time and then come back in 2016 (Houston) to continue our adventures, would i have to renew in Florida or could i get another license from say Texas?

Hope someone out there can point me in the right direction.Many thanks
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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Here ya go:

Florida Drivers License - Non US Citizens

and here:

Florida Drivers License Identification Requirements
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I am not sure where you are getting insurance prices or what your quotes are covering. However at $500 I can only assume that you are only covering PL and PD and uninsured.
Also purchasing something much older. Attempting to skirt around the laws for a Florida License could be very costly if something like a ticket or fender bender should happen.
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Wadders, be careful on getting your Florida driver's license. I know you had expressed an interest in buying your motorhome with a Montana LLC and the Florida license may make that motorhome subject to Florida sales tax.
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On the other hand if you go with a Montana LLC to title/register the rig, perhaps a Montana Driver's license.. that would make things work much better I think.. That said I'm not an expert on either Montana or FL law.

I wish you luck.
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I am not sure where you are getting insurance prices or what your quotes are covering. However at $500 I can only assume that you are only covering PL and PD and uninsured.
Also purchasing something much older. Attempting to skirt around the laws for a Florida License could be very costly if something like a ticket or fender bender should happen.
one thing i am not trying to do is to "skirt around laws" I am just trying to find out if it is feesable to get a license

PD insurance?
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On the other hand if you go with a Montana LLC to title/register the rig, perhaps a Montana Driver's license.. that would make things work much better I think.. That said I'm not an expert on either Montana or FL law.

I wish you luck.

Perhaps if you check with your Montana attorney they could help to guide you to getting a Montana driver's license instead of Florida. That may be your best route to go.
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a couple of topics being covered here ... first ... Montana LLC is not relevant to your drivers license ..... ((tho uncertain of international))
to the OP question .... I would check with America's Mail Box or Escapees services relating to establishing residency ..... not certain how they would handle a non US citizen .... that could lead to the answer to your question ..... I found nothing addressing that on a quick review of their web sites .....
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Send a PM to "Great-Dane". They come over form Denmark every year for six months. It took some time to figure it out, but I think he can answer your questions. His name is Heinrick
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The majority of full-timers get their drivers license in South Dakota or Texas. If you join the escapees club, you use their Livingston TX address to obtain your TX license. I'm not sure how the S.Dakota license works.
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a couple of topics being covered here ... first ... Montana LLC is not relevant to your drivers license ..... ((tho uncertain of international))
to the OP question .... I would check with America's Mail Box or Escapees services relating to establishing residency ..... not certain how they would handle a non US citizen .... that could lead to the answer to your question ..... I found nothing addressing that on a quick review of their web sites .....
The OP had raised the question of using a Montana LLC in another thread so that is the reason for my comment. His question in the other thread was advice on an attorney to help set up a Montana LLC. The response was meant as a heads up for him to do some more checking so he doesn't inadvertently end up in a bind.
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Correction on my post....PM "Danes on Tour"
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