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Re: How to establish residency for live aboard
Florida, of course, is SO close to the continental United States that it actually is mistaken for one at times.(G)
It is one of those states where there is no formal State definition of "what a residence" is. Instead, each state agency is allowed to set their own definition of residency for their own purposes--including their DMV.
So in fact, your residency for voting in Florida can be "Under the Julia Tuttle Bridge" where in fact a large number of homeless do/did reside, and won the right to use that as a valid residency in order to vote. By court order.
The Florida DMV, however, would not accept that as a residency, even though it is printed as one on an official Florida voter ID card.
Florida's accommodations for boats and boaters and snowbirds and many other things is often very illogical. But, hey, that's why this is supposed to be a Republic with each Sovereign State writing their own rules of the road. If the Rules someplace don't work? Yeah, there's 61 other places (including DC and the 11 insular possessions) that you can move to, and still live in the US. Each with its own set of rules.