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Hi guys so I moved out of my apartment in Portland Oregon in June of this year. Now I'm doing the full-time RV life and enjoying it but need to make a correction to my driver's license. Problem is I do not have a street address for a place of residence now. I do own a parcel of land in Oregon but it does not have a street address technically, it's listed as Block 13, Lot 5 and it's part of a HOA and the land is zoned residential and it's buildable. Is it possible to use my parcel of land as the residential address on my driver's license?

If not, I've heard of another option that full-time RVers can use but forget the term for it... something about establishing a permanent residency in the state of Oregon but still being a full-time RVer?

Really appreciate any info on this, there must be a way to do this without having to rent out another apartment or house... right? I sure hope so because I'm planning on traveling for the rest of the year. Thanks for any help here.

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Many Full Timers use a Mail Forwarding Service. All your mail is sent there and you can have it then forwarded to where ever you happen to be.
We use the GoodSam/PassPort America service out of Crestview, Florida. That is the address on Driver's License, Car, Truck, & RV Registration and even on our Fed Tax Returns. There is a cost for such service, but much cheaper than rent on an apartment you're not using. There are numerous such services in numerous States.


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Posted: 09/11/22 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You don't fit in their check boxes, so don't expect a clean simple answer from the state:

I'm not sure about Oregon's specific rules but in Michigan, it's a catch 22.
- Until you are established in a new state, you remain a Michigan resident.
- They want a physical address, which you won't have.

The conversation at the Michigan Sec of State (DMV) when something like this:
- What's your address? We don't have one.
- Where are you living? On our boat.
- Where is the boat? In XYZ marina.
- Well, use the marina address. But we are leaving that marina next week.
- Well, use the next marina. But we will only be there a few days.
- Can we use our PO Box? You can't live at the post office, so no.
- Do you have family who will let you use their address?...

Net result, we technically lived with my parents for several years and when they passed, we technically live with my sister. Not sure how legit it is but it's worked for about 15yrs.

I did have to get a judge to declare us homeless last spring when I got called for jury duty and we were no where near the jurisdiction. But it took some explaining.

I don't know that it would pass a detailed legal review but a few low tax states (Texas, Florida & S. Dakota) have mail forwarding services that will help you set up domicile in their respective state. The low tax states don't really care and are happy to sell you a new drivers license but be careful if Oregon has higher tax rates, they may challenge your change in residency if not supported by the preponderance of the evidence as to where your domicile is.


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valhalla360 wrote:


The conversation at the Michigan Sec of State (DMV) when something like this:
- What's your address? We don't have one.
- Where are you living? On our boat.
- Where is the boat? In XYZ marina.
- Well, use the marina address. But we are leaving that marina next week.
- Well, use the next marina. But we will only be there a few days.
- Can we use our PO Box? You can't live at the post office, so no.
- Do you have family who will let you use their address?...

Net result, we technically lived with my parents for several years and when they passed, we technically live with my sister. Not sure how legit it is but it's worked for about 15yrs.


Also from Michigan.. only difference is I did not reside at my Sister's... Nope.. Brother's [emoticon]

I'd have gone with my Daughter's but she does not reside in MI.


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The Escapees RV Club offers domicile and mail services. Their main hub is in Texas, but you can get addresses in Florida and South Dakota, as well (the three most common states used by full-time RVers). Search for "Escapees RV Club domicile" and read their educational materials on the subject. There's more to it than a physical address if you want to avoid legal trouble down the road.

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Escapees.com
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`1. Get a mail service in either Florida, South Dakota or Texas. Those are the states with no income tax.
2. Get Drivers License, Voter Registration and Tags in that state. The mailing service will guide you thru the process.
3. All done
You will have to travel to that state to complete the initial process.


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Has the Oregon DMV been helpful?


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Check with your local UPS store. They have mail forwarding and a physical address.


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UPS Store address is generally not acceptable for domicile or for banking etc.

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