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Old 07-30-2021, 11:28 PM   #1
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QUESTION: Domicile in one state, Driver License in another?

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I became a domicile resident of South Dakota a year ago, when I went on the road full-time. Now, I'm about to apply for a winter job in Colorado, driving a bus, with free CDL training. Of course, the training culminates with getting a Colorado Class B CDL.



How would this affect my domicile? I mean, part of having legal residence in a state is having their drive license, right? And if I'm not mistaken, it is not legal to have a DL in more than one state.


I would be grateful for any input on this.


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you are required to maintain drivers license of your home state, SD. you are required after a certain amount of days to obtain the license in your new date. I would drive on the SD license until it expires. Two drivers licenses are illegal in all states.

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The state that issues your driver license is a strong indicator of legal domicile, and if you want to claim SD as your legal residence & domicile, SD will require that you obtain an SD driver license. Not Colorado. And it is illegal to possess more than one Real ID license.


I also suspect that job in Colorado will require that you have a Colorado driver license if it lasts more than 30 days, and that the training will only qualify you to take -and pass- the Colorado CDL test. They aren't just going to hand you a license on the last day of class, so you will need to meet Colorado's requirements for issuing a "Real ID" DL.
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Somes states such as Florida permit a dual resident to keep the domicile license and obtain a Florida only drivers license. So you keep your normal license but are able to drive extended in the state. Not sure if Colorado permits that or not.
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When you fill out the application with your South Dakota address and include the copy of your South Dokata driver's license I doubt if they'd consider you. Chances of you not showing from a couple of states away are huge, hiring is hard enough without adding applicants from out of state for that type of job.
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The state that issues your driver license is a strong indicator of legal domicile, and if you want to claim SD as your legal residence & domicile, SD will require that you obtain an SD driver license. Not Colorado. And it is illegal to possess more than one Real ID license.


I also suspect that job in Colorado will require that you have a Colorado driver license if it lasts more than 30 days, and that the training will only qualify you to take -and pass- the Colorado CDL test. They aren't just going to hand you a license on the last day of class, so you will need to meet Colorado's requirements for issuing a "Real ID" DL.
When CO issues you a new DL, normally you will be required to turn in the SD DL. As mentioned, you cannot have two DLs.
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When you fill out the application with your South Dakota address and include the copy of your South Dokata driver's license I doubt if they'd consider you. Chances of you not showing from a couple of states away are huge, hiring is hard enough without adding applicants from out of state for that type of job.
That's a real 'downer' of a reply. You don't know any of what will happen; especially now since people aren't applying for jobs. There are a lot of job openings.
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Is a Colorado license required, or is its equivalent from another state acceptable?
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That's a real 'downer' of a reply. You don't know any of what will happen; especially now since people aren't applying for jobs. There are a lot of job openings.
Think what you want, it's my opinion of what will happen if he applies for the job.

You're a personnel manager.

You have X number of short term openings with what is likely mediocre pay (no insults in any of this, the reality of life).

Your job is to find qualified individuals, not take applications, and meet a budget while filling the slots.

You have to be savvy and learn to think things through. People relocate all the time, but if someone wanted to relocate and "There are a lot of job openings" why would they apply for a short term job?

That SHOULD be a red flag.

If someone does this they're probably impulsive and will likely never have contact after the application.

So as a manager how much time and how many resources do you expend on applicants that seem impulsive, or for ANY reason not seem to be a good fit in a stable work force?

And so I don't raise your ire again, no insults intended to the OP or anyone involved. This is what my experience tells me will happen in this instance, it's not a job where a nation wide search is needed and why I feel out of state applications very likely won't be considered.
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However, there are people who live in one state and hold residence in another. A state hiring manager might step away. A manager looking for candidates in a tight market might not. Some folks do their job with a very tight process. Others look outside the box and find very good solutions.

An english teacher told me that when she was looking for resumes, the pink and blue ones got thrown out without reading, the ones with too small or too large print got binned as well. If spelling errors turned up they got tossed. After all that thinning, she found there were still more than enough resumes to consider.

What is true - if you are not willing to deal with the possibility of changing your residency, maybe driving is not such a good job to consider. Alternatively, you might get a qualifying license from your state of domicile.
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Somes states such as Florida permit a dual resident to keep the domicile license and obtain a Florida only drivers license. So you keep your normal license but are able to drive extended in the state. Not sure if Colorado permits that or not.
"Valid in Florida Only."

That law changed, and these types of licenses will not be renewed. (Real ID ACT)



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SD license
Winter Job with CDL training in CO
IF you get the training AND Pass/obtain the CO CDL then you will have to give up your SD License

Can you get a license in another state if you don't live there?
In almost all cases, the answer to this question is a resounding no.
As an example, in Colorado you have to provide two of following in order to get a driver's license:

All documents presented must be dated within one year of application.

Computer Generated Bill (utility, credit card, doctor, hospital, etc.)
Bank Statement
Pre-Printed Pay Stub
First-Class Mail (government agency or court)
Current Homeowner's, Renter's, or Motor Vehicle Insurance Policy
Mortgage, Lease, or Rental Contract
Transcript or Report Card from an Accredited School
Motor Vehicle Registration

PLUS you will have to File CO State Income Tax and PAY
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I really appreciate everyone's replies. For the record, several cities in CO recruit drivers nationwide. It is a seasonal job during the heavy tourist months and like most tourist regions, there aren't enough locals to fill the positions. They offered me the job two years ago when I was a Missouri resident, but I declined at the time, due to short notice.


If I apply now, chances are I will be offered the job again.
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I guess I should mention that as bus driver in CO, yes, I will be a resident there. I obviously will have to live there for the 5-6 months I am working there. I'm currently living in CA this summer working as a campground host. Next May I might be living/working in WA for 6 months. Or maybe Alaska. I obviously don't want to get a new drivers license every 6 months.



Getting a CO driver license may not cause me any problems, at least not that I can foresee, that is, until April when the job ends and I leave CO to go work in another state. Then I'm no longer a resident, and they don't have a domicile provision. And I don't plan to get CO license plates, since I will only be living there temporarily.


I'm just not certain what the future consequences might be.
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