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Sun2Retire

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Changing residency at the end of the year and investigating FL & SD.

SD does not have vehicle registration taxes, and there is no inspection - the vehicle never has to enter SD for the first plate or for renewals. One night in a hotel equals residency and a drivers license. Can someone who currently registers their motorhome and car/truck in FL address the FL requirements and costs, along with drivers license requirements?

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It is very cheap in Florida, especially when compared to Colorado.

However, when registering, you must have the vehicle physically present so that they can verify the VIN.

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Sun2Retire

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However, when registering, you must have the vehicle physically present so that they can verify the VIN.


Might be a deal killer depending upon timing.

The other issue that I'm guessing will tilt the stack further away from FL is auto insurance rates. When my oldest daughter went through her internship, she moved her car from AZ to FL - the rate exactly doubled. :o
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If you're under 65, make sure you check on health insurance availability in both states as well. As I recall, FL has better options for full time RV'ers not covered by Medicare.
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Florida insurance rates can vary dramatically with the part of Florida claimed as residence.  South Florida, east or west coast, is very expensive, while central and northern Florida not so much (except maybe city of Jacksonville). Not as cheap as some western states, but not bad at all for a more populous state. I was insuring two cars and a 40 ft DP for a total of around $2000/year in north-central Florida. The motorhome was about $800 of that, as I recall.  Tags for all three vehicles were about $160/year total.

There is no special class of driver license required for operation of a private motorhome in Florida. No air brake or other special endorsement either as long as its non-commercial use.

If you have owned the vehicle(s) for more than 6 months before bringing to Florida, there is no sales or use tax. However, there is an "initial registration fee" of $100 per vehicle brought into the state.

http://flhsmv.gov/dhsmv/newflres.html
http://www.dmvflorida.org/out-of-state-car-registration.shtml
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Sun2Retire

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However, when registering, you must have the vehicle physically present so that they can verify the VIN.



You do not have to have the vehicle physically present in Florida to register or renew registration. You can have a police officer from the area you are currently in validate the vin and sign the registration form.
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Sun2Retire

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You do not have to have the vehicle physically present in Florida to register or renew registration. You can have a police officer from the area you are currently in validate the vin and sign the registration form.


Ah OK good to know. Used that procedure in a different state
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You can have a police officer from the area you are currently in validate the vin and sign the registration form.
Doesn't even have to be a policeman. Any registered vehicle dealer can certify it. The certification options are documented on the site I referenced earlier in this topic: http://flhsmv.gov/dhsmv/newflres.html
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wackymac

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If you have owned the vehicle(s) for more than 6 months before bringing to Florida, there is no sales or use tax. However, there is an "initial registration fee" of $100 per vehicle brought into the state.

It must have gone down. When we moved here 9 years ago it was around $230.00 per vehicle.
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Sun2Retire

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Definitely leaning towards SD. Just off the phone with Geico. Comparing to AZ where I am now, in SD my combined RV/toad insurance goes down $340/yr. In FL, using Clay County which is supposedly an area with some of the lowest insurance rates in FL, the rate would go up $1200/yr.
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2002 Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab toad
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