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Timeking

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Posted: 05/06/21 10:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've lived in Florida since 1961, but am getting out of here and will not have a physical dwelling for some unknown length of time.

Looking at Traveling Mailbox since that address is in South Florida and I won't have issues with my health insurance (complex matter too involved to explain). So ... I get this new address. I can still vote? I have to get new driver's license? Are there pitfalls I need to be aware of, and to avoid?

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Yes, you can still vote. Yes, you will need to update the address on your driver's license as the mailing service address will be your legal address. You should not have any issues. Not sure which you have chosen but I would suggest you use the Escapees FL mailing address and look to their site for details. We have been a Texas resident at the Livingston, TX address for many, many years without issue.

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The Escapees Florida mailbox sends all the mail to Texas for processing. It seems to me to be better to use a Florida service in the first place.

St Brendans Isle has a very good reputation and is located in Green Cove Springs FL. They been around a long time too.


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SBI mailbox is up near Jacksonville, too far north, out of my "allowed" boundary.

My question is about changing my DL, and voting if I don't physically live there.

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I would verify if under Florida law that would qualify as a legal domicile address address before you jump into it. After that, you'll change all of your DL, legal documents, financial, etc to that as your permanent address. Depending on FL voting laws, you may have an issue having absentee ballots sent there, but the registrar can tell you. We have voted absentee "in" TX for 5 years with no issue using Escapees as our mail service. Good luck.


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Timeking wrote:

SBI mailbox is up near Jacksonville, too far north, out of my "allowed" boundary.

My question is about changing my DL, and voting if I don't physically live there.


People have been doing it for years with no problems that I have heard of. It can vary my county tho for people moving in from outside the state.

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"I would verify if under Florida law that would qualify as a legal domicile address address before you jump into it."

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I recall a few years back SBI had some issues with the local voting officials, but I don't know what the outcome was. The Escapees mail service Florida address used for domicile purposes is an actual physical address with some actual year round residents, and there are no voting or DMV issues.


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I don't know about the one you're looking at, but we use the GoodSam Service out of Crestview for going on ten years and have voted by Absentee in the past two Presidential elections. All our bills and even IRS forms use that address.


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FL domicile fulltimer here. I use SBI. Yes, we had issues with addresses for voting. County election office wouldn't accept the PMBs. SBI resolved the issue by having us use the physical address for a marina they're affiliated with. We only use that address for voting.

I haven't heard of any commercial mail forwarding services in south FL. Before you commit to them, find out the address they'll issue you and ask if they've had any issues with voter registration. Then check with the county elections office.

As far as your DL goes, FL DMV treats us as homeless. They're supposed to require information on your RV listed as address on your DL. Not all DMV offices are up to speed on this requirement.


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