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Author Topic: DMVs cracking down regarding addresses?  (Read 4195 times)

mileena

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Re: DMVs cracking down regarding addresses?
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2017, 12:28:54 AM »
I live in Florida and have a mail service to receive mail and forward it to where I might be at the time.  All of my vehicle registrations and driver licenses show my home's physical address although I don't receive mail at this location.  Not a big problem since I do own the house at this address.  It just gets a little dicey when someone wants to use my physical mailing address and I don't have a mailbox.

So where do they mail your license when you renew??

mileena

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Re: DMVs cracking down regarding addresses?
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2017, 12:36:44 AM »

As a fallback, you could always rent a room in a flophouse somewhere for a month and do your license application.  Nobody's gonna check next month to see if you have moved, and you should be good at least until renewal time.

I am disturbed by this answer, as it advocates breaking the law. You are required to keep the DMV informed of your current address. So if you rent a room in a flophouse for just a month with the intent on having an address to receive your mailed license, you need to inform the DMV when you move and provide a current address. If you can't provide a sufficient address, then your license will be revoked. You have to have the current address since the court may use that address for juror duty notices and the police/courts use that address to mail you info if you get a ticket. The DMV may also need to contact you.

mileena

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Re: DMVs cracking down regarding addresses?
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2017, 12:44:58 AM »

One of the things I learned is that a recreational RV park (as opposed to a residential one) will be in the address system as a business, and it's that part that will kick the address back as being unacceptable.

So make sure whatever flophouse you choose is a rooming house with a legal residential address, and not classified as a motel (for transient rather than permanent guests) and therefore a business.

This information in wrong. A motel address or campground or homeless shelter where you actually live and can receive mail will satisfy all state DMV's. Period. Lots of people stay in motels for a year or two for business or while their home is being repaired. I don't know where you got this info from, but it is simply not true.

mileena

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Re: DMVs cracking down regarding addresses?
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2017, 01:06:10 AM »
What an informative post, Linda, thanks!

What WA state is doing so far is automatically rejecting any address that comes back to them as a business according to the USPS database. No ifs, ands, or buts. (And yet they are still not compliant!)

The USPS database does not show if the address is a business or not; it only shows if it is a commercial mail receiving agency that offers PMB's, like a UPS Store or Postal Annex. Here is the database info for a motel (Courtyard by Marriott):

https://s21.postimg.org/q8glcxw07/usps-2.gif

There is nothing on it which shows it is a business.

I tried to give my mailing address to the Maine BMV (same as a DMV) in 2007, which was a UPS Store when I had to renew in 2008. They rejected it since it came up as a commercial mail receiving agency. But then they said I could use it as a mailing address, and either my mailing or physical address could appear on my license (my choice). I still had to show them proof of residential address to satisfy potential Real ID requirements, which Maine does not adhere to still, btw (people with Maine DL's are currently being denied entry  to VA hospitals and military bases, but not airports). They said if I have no proof, I can't have a Maine license since you have to actually live in Maine to get their license. I showed them an auto insurance card with my residential address, even though the post office does not deliver there as it is a General Delivery address (so you pick up your mail at the post office window as General Delivery or get a free PO box, depending on the distance you live from the post office).

So my point is you can use an RV campground or hotel or homeless shelter where you are staying, and the DMV will not know. And they do not care anyway, as long as you are living there. Heck, some states, if you are homeless, the DMV gives you a map and tells you to place an "X" in the forest or under a bridge or cardboard box or wherever where you live.
« Last Edit: April 02, 2017, 01:24:27 AM by mileena »

mileena

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Re: DMVs cracking down regarding addresses?
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2017, 01:28:53 AM »
The only thing to remember for women is if you are married or have been married you have to prove how you name changed to your current name. You need your birth certificate and marriage license. If you've been diviorced you need show your diviorce papers and marriage certificate for each time you were married. They don't always ask, but they have the right and we know couples that were turned down until they got their paperwork in order. So it's better to be prepared.

None of that will be necessary if your passport book or card has your current name. I never showed my birth certificate, since a passport acts as an identity document and gives proof of date of birth and legal presence/citizenship.

mileena

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Re: DMVs cracking down regarding addresses?
« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2017, 01:34:45 AM »
it appears that Homeland Security is not paying attention to their own requirements.

What does DHS require then for ID? Texas been granted an extension for Real ID compliance. Only four states, all beginning with the letter "M", are not in compliance:

https://www.dhs.gov/current-status-states-territories

 

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