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Old 12-04-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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I am going to retire in June '09. I expect to purchase a motor home and travel. I would like to establish residency in Deleware prior to purchasing the motor home. I would also like to maintain residence there for tax purposes.
Can someone tell me how to go about establishing residence with out renting or buying?
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I don't think you can. Indeed, the premise strikes me as bizarre.
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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PO BOX is an option...

I'm pretty sure you need a Delaware State ID, for which you go to the DMV or other State ID place, and present a recent utility bill with perhaps another state ID, or birth certificate.

You could use a bank statement as a utility bill, but whether they would accept a PO BOX address on that statement is the question.

Google Delaware DMV to see the license/id requirements.
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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Good post Joe. I think you are correct.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:18 AM
 
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Joe's post seems right to me also. A quick look at the DMV site State of Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles - Driver's License and ID Changes shows that you need two pieces of id to get a Delaware license - both proving that you live there.

You might find another state with more lenient residency requirements and I would suggest looking at an RV bulletin board for that info.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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But the thing is, you are proposing to obtain DE residency without actually living here. I doubt that DMV will accept a PO Box only, in absence of something that looks more like a physical address. I suppose you can commit fraud by trying to pass off the address of a private post office box business or a storage unit place as your actual physical residence. I think what you are really proposing amounts to fraudulent misrepresentation to the State. Or, of course, you could perhaps do it legally by giving the address of a space you'd rented at an RV park here, with adequate supporting documentation in terms of bank statement and/or bills sent to a PO at the RV park. You aren't going to be able to do this without spending some money, which seems to be what you're trying to avoid.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Just another aspect to this: owing to federal security requirements post-9/11 impinging on the states, the stuff you have to prove up at DMVs in any state is greater than before. They have to have your social security card or US passport, for example. Hence, I doubt that any state has such a low bar for proving place of residence that you could squeeze under without actually having a physical address to present (whether real or fictitious). Remember, years ago DMVs didn't require third party proof of your address, much less of your social security number, though they always required a birth certificate the first time you were licensed; after that, any state would accept as sufficient proof of id your out of state DL (the requirement for a birth certificate the first time was to prove id, not citizenship, as is the case now, assuming you were born in this country -- if not, you need a US passport or naturalisation certificate).
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I did just that before I bought a house there. I used a friends address and set up a bank account. I took the bank statement, a piece of personal mail addressed to me at his address and my NH license and I got a DE drivers license. I stayed in the RV at his house for 6 months. You will need a physical address in order to pull it off, which means knowing someone in Delaware.

You don't really need a mailing address for anything other that to show the people at DMV. You can manage bank accounts on-line, pay bills on-line, pretty much do everything on-line. Once you have a DE license, you are a DE resident. You might want to look into insurance premiums before jumping in. My premiums more than doubled when I changed residency from NH to DE.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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BTW, if you wanna be outright illegal about it, look for an empty for-sale house in Delaware, change your address with your bank to that address, wait for the statement, and whip up a phony lease/rental agreement to show the DMV.

All they look for is the documents. They don't verify anything.

Good luck getting your Delaware car insurance rates
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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Default what are delaware residency requirements and how do I get them

I have owned a home on rented property in Delaware for the past 20 years. I pay taxes, utility, water and sewer bills. Since this is a vacation home, I do not want to receive mail at the address. I spend only limited time there during the winter months. I would like to establish a Delaware residency without a mailing address in Delaware. Is that possible?
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