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Old 03-31-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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There is no such thing as 'dual' residency. You can have only one drivers license of the state in which you claim your domicile. You can be registered to vote in only one location. If you own a home in Florida but have not declared yourself as a resident of the state, you can not claim a homestead exemption on that property. If you claim yourself as a resident of Florida, you must also apply for a FL drivers license, have Florida auto insurance and give up the license from what was your former residence.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL
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Thanks Dave. Very helpful.

We own two vehicles. One is registered in SC. One is registered in NJ. Eventually I intend to register both in SC (for the insurance savings). We both still have NJ DL's.

Here is what I would like to try to do (get away with): Get a FL DL, giving up my NJ DL. Register to vote in Florida. Change most of my mailing addresses to our Florida address. Then claim Florida residency. However, I would like to keep the cars registered in SC. Why would we need to register a car in FL for domicile residency? Some older residents of Naples I have gotten to know don't even have a car.....

I should add that the main reason for obtaining Florida residency besides the property tax discount, which we could also get in SC by claiming residency there, is to avoid doing a State Income Tax return. Although I discovered that NJ allows you to claim partial residency for income tax purposes. In other words if I live in Florida for 5 months I would only be liable for 7 months of NJ income tax.....

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Here is my non-barrister 50Cts, after doing a lot of reading on the issue:
as noted above, one can declare residency in FL, which requires voter reg, car reg, driver license, etc.

One can also claim their house/condo et al, where they live here in FL, as their domicile. One can then become 'homesteaded' here in FL, which caps or limits RE taxes, etc. Many benefits, if one chooses to do so.

After doing that process, Florida the state, doesn't really care how long one 'lives' here or, is actually in the state. You have become a 'resident', but the state, (FL), has no interest in when/how long one is actually here, going forward.

However, the state you were a legal resident of, before becoming a FL legal resident, may/will 'care'...if you keep that other residence, in your previous original domiciled state, that state may ask you to prove you were gone from/out of that state for 6 months and a day.

Any day(s) being 'outside' your former state count: trips to see the kids, vacays, etc. As long as one is not physically in their former state, for that 6+1 time cumulative time frame,one can usually be persuasive to that state's tax revenue dept, that you are no longer a rez there, and are 'gone' from the state for the usual 6 months and day hurdle or test. Some states vary, but most pivot on the 6+1 deal.

Tmozer: it should not matter where you are when and for how long; your current domiciled/legal state, eg driver lic, voter reg, et al, is where you actually 'are', currently: in your case NJ.

Apology for the lecture; just trying to answer several of the wonderments at the same time.
GL, mD
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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I have been in Florida since November 2011. I am registered to vote in Florida as of March 2012. I have asked that NY State taxes not be withheld from my pension for 2012. My intention is to put my NY house for sale in April. How long can I use my NY driver's license before being required to license my car in FL and get FL car insurance?
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:36 PM
 
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I have been in Florida since November 2011. I am registered to vote in Florida as of March 2012. I have asked that NY State taxes not be withheld from my pension for 2012. My intention is to put my NY house for sale in April. How long can I use my NY driver's license before being required to license my car in FL and get FL car insurance?
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL
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To be an official Florida resident, you must get a FL DL and register a vehicle there. We are from NJ and went through the process in October.

I too stopped paying income taxes on my NJ pension and filed my last NJ income tax return in 2011.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: MN
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To be an official Florida resident, you must get a FL DL and register a vehicle there. We are from NJ and went through the process in October.

I too stopped paying income taxes on my NJ pension and filed my last NJ income tax return in 2011.
I don't believe registering a vehicle is a requirement. I became a FL resident without owning a car when I was younger.
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:47 PM
 
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States vary with vehicle registration requirements.

In states like CA and MA, they don't care if you are a non-resident -- if you operate or control a vehicle for more than 30 days (MA) or 20 days (CA) in their state in a given year, you must register that vehicle in their state, too.
If you are also required to register it in your home state, this is called 'dual registration'. (This has nothing to do with driver's license registration, just vehicle registration.)

Note that in Massachusetts the vehicle or trailer does not have to even be in the state for 30 contiguous days -- it is 30 days total in a given year.

Both states have hotlines and web sites to report cheaters.

My parents are snowbirds on the Cape and apparently this law is not enforced there much if at all. It is enforced in CA quite aggressively, however.

This information is readily available on the Massachusetts and CA DMV web sites.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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If I have a vehicle with ny plates and leave it at my Florida home what do I do with the yearly car inspection in ny??
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL
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If I have a vehicle with ny plates and leave it at my Florida home what do I do with the yearly car inspection in ny??
A retired cop friend from NJ does the same thing with a NJ plated car - leaves it at his Florida parttime home. He told me the FL cops ignore the inspection sticker, even if it is outdated. But, if it were me, I would register it in Florida and not worry.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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What about if you are a working snowbird? I work down in Naples from mid November thru the end of May, and rent the same apartment every year. Can I qualify as a Florida resident if I don't own property?
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