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I'm super confused about domicile's (Specifically for Colorado)
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:38:58 AM »
I need help please. I've read & read and I just need someone to help and offers suggestions/solutions on how I should proceed.

Our situation
We currently live in Colorado.
We are quitting our jobs. (We will get health insurance thru the marketplace)
We are selling everything including the house.
Household items (including 1 car) will go into storage.
We are purchasing a F350 and a Toy Hauler here in CO for our adventure.
No later than May 1st we leave! We will be traveling several states for 6+/- months (CA, OR, WA, AK, MT, WY, ID, UT are on the docket no necessarily in that order)

I think it would be easiest to continue our residency here in CO and set up our domicile here. That way we can just get a change of address on our license's and keep the other car registered here along with the new ones we purchase.

I found these sites which offer Colorado addresses
https://travelingmailbox.com - This seems to be the best.
https://www.anytimemailbox.com - This offers a few different zip codes which would bring down our health insurance a little, maybe $20.

(After I post this I'm going to start up a grid and evaluate both of these mail sites for pricing & health insurance.....)

Good Sam appears to only do Florida, which we are not traveling there.
Escapees appears to only do FL, SD, TX, which are are not traveling there either.

Would setting up my domicile in CO be just as easy as 'joining' one of these mail forwarding places and getting a new address (not PO Box)? And then registering all my vehicles under this address? Then get a new license?  Seems easy enough...maybe I'm just making our situation more complicated than it really is.

Thank you for your suggestions & help.
Amy @ The Wayward Pioneer

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Re: I'm super confused about domicile's (Specifically for Colorado)
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 12:39:24 PM »
You should just keep your Colorado domicile. You need it for a voting address and a place to vote, your mail, your insurance and a lot more things. It is not easy to change your domicile because it means making a lot of changes that really aren't necessary if you are not going to be a full timer. Your domicile is already established in Co so there is no advantage to changing it.
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Re: I'm super confused about domicile's (Specifically for Colorado)
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 12:41:57 PM »
You should just keep your Colorado domicile. You need it for a voting address and a place to vote, your mail, your insurance and a lot more things. It is not easy to change your domicile because it means making a lot of changes that really aren't necessary if you are not going to be a full timer. Your domicile is already established in Co so there is no advantage to changing it.

Thank you very much for confirming what I was thinking  (but needed reassurance).

I'm assuming one of these 'mail box forwarding' companies do the trick for changing my CO address.... It just seems easier than I expected.

Thanks again!!!

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Re: I'm super confused about domicile's (Specifically for Colorado)
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2018, 01:56:51 PM »
Thank you very much for confirming what I was thinking  (but needed reassurance).

I'm assuming one of these 'mail box forwarding' companies do the trick for changing my CO address.... It just seems easier than I expected.

Thanks again!!!
A domicile is nothing more than a physical address where people or companies can contact you. I used MailLink in Las Vegas for the ten years I full timed it. There are an incredible amount of people full timing it in the US so there is a lot of these services available.
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Re: I'm super confused about domicile's (Specifically for Colorado)
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 03:06:04 PM »
A domicile is nothing more than a physical address where people or companies can contact you. I used MailLink in Las Vegas for the ten years I full timed it. There are an incredible amount of people full timing it in the US so there is a lot of these services available.

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Re: I'm super confused about domicile's (Specifically for Colorado)
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 03:39:46 PM »
I need help please. I've read & read and I just need someone to help and offers suggestions/solutions on how I should proceed.

Our situation
We currently live in Colorado.
We are quitting our jobs. (We will get health insurance thru the marketplace)
We are selling everything including the house.
Household items (including 1 car) will go into storage.
We are purchasing a F350 and a Toy Hauler here in CO for our adventure.
No later than May 1st we leave! We will be traveling several states for 6+/- months (CA, OR, WA, AK, MT, WY, ID, UT are on the docket no necessarily in that order)

I think it would be easiest to continue our residency here in CO and set up our domicile here. That way we can just get a change of address on our license's and keep the other car registered here along with the new ones we purchase.

I found these sites which offer Colorado addresses
https://travelingmailbox.com - This seems to be the best.
https://www.anytimemailbox.com - This offers a few different zip codes which would bring down our health insurance a little, maybe $20.

(After I post this I'm going to start up a grid and evaluate both of these mail sites for pricing & health insurance.....)

Good Sam appears to only do Florida, which we are not traveling there.
Escapees appears to only do FL, SD, TX, which are are not traveling there either.

Would setting up my domicile in CO be just as easy as 'joining' one of these mail forwarding places and getting a new address (not PO Box)? And then registering all my vehicles under this address? Then get a new license?  Seems easy enough...maybe I'm just making our situation more complicated than it really is.

Thank you for your suggestions & help.
Amy @ The Wayward Pioneer
You will need to verify that the two mail forwarding addresses will be accepted: by the state of Colorado for vehicle registration; by your insurance company; valid as an address you can register to vote. 

Generally the places in South Dakota and the Escapees mail forwarding meet the requirement in the state they are located in. 

Some financial organizations will not accept any of the above as a valid address.  They require an address with a building on it or an apartment. The work around is to use an address of a relative or friend.  This has to do with homeland security regulations after 911.  I forget the exact details. 

Additionally consider the sales tax and other fees associated with purchasing the truck and trailer.  Sales tax for Texas is 6.25% and fairly low registration fees, around $100-150 for the truck and $150-200 for the trailer per year.  I think SD sales tax is 3% and I don't know about the registration fees.   

Here is some general info about domicile and registration from Escapees:  https://www.escapees.com/support/mail-service/forms-and-booklets
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Re: I'm super confused about domicile's (Specifically for Colorado)
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 02:58:53 AM »
A new complication for fulltimers' domiciles is the federal government's Real ID program.  If you want to continue using a drivers license as an ID to get onto an airplane or into a military base or federal facility, it will have to be a Real ID license.

Real ID Act compliant states may issue compliant or non-compliant drivers licenses, but starting January 22 drivers licenses issued by them will have to be a Real ID license to be accepted as a federal ID.

About half of the states are non-compliant, they have waivers to allow their licenses to be accepted as ID until October 1, 2020.

The problem for fulltimers is that in order to get a Real ID license, you have to present at least two documents showing you actually reside at the address you're using to apply for the license.   These include things like a lease, utility bill, bank statement, employment paycheck, etc. with that address.

I'm in the process of moving to Nevada, a compliant state, and it looks like my having a home base in the Pahrump SKP co-op will qualify for the Real ID residency requirement.

Colorado and South Dakota are also compliant states, which means after January 22 you'll have to have an actual physical residence to get a Real ID license, not just a mail forwarding address or an overnight stop in South Dakota.

https://www.dhs.gov/real-id
« Last Edit: January 10, 2018, 03:47:40 AM by Lou Schneider »

 

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