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08-24-2012 09:55 PM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

I would find a friend and use their address to establish your residency as far as a DL then change it a few months later and use a PO box
08-20-2012 09:25 PM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

Yeah, I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would want to move to MD and establish residency if they really didn't have to! And I am a multigenerational MD born native. But now live in VA.

The People's Republic of Maryland will tax you to death. (although I guess they are being efficient what with the only guarantees in life being death and taxes)
08-19-2012 09:20 AM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

Originally Posted by wingNwing View Post
We are currently MD residents with a marina as our legal address, used the slip lease as our lease to open bank account, get drivers license and voting cards. The computer for drivers license demanded a slip # in addition to the street address of the marina but no other complications. This was all since 9/11 and the drivers license was just in the last 3 months. They want a specific location, i.e., an apartment or in our case slip number, not what they think of as general delivery to the front office - the computer at the drivers license office flagged our address as "incomplete" without the slip number. We get our mail at the marina street address without "c/o Joe's Marina" as a separate line item. Now my legal address as printed on my driver's license includes Slip F-44! Now that's living aboard!!
We lived aboard for years in Maryland and used the marina's address until 2007 when we received a letter from the DMV stating we had to have a residential address. We tried the PO box with no success, tried a UPS mailbox with no success, got fed up and went into DC to get licenses. We used the UPS mail forwarding service to get the mail at the marina, a pain and additional expense but worth it to stay aboard. One benefit was the DC taxes wound up being cheaper than the Maryland taxes so money wise it was about an even swap.

If you are a Florida resident with no income tax why do you want to establish residency in Maryland? I know a lot of snowbirds that list Florida as their official residence so they don't have to pay income taxes.
08-16-2012 10:29 PM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

I've been doing this for over 40 years. 911 changed a lot of things, but I still can use a PO Box as my legal address (mailing) and I use a near-by marina as my "street address".
You may have to contact someone in the DMV head office, but you can get it done.
I just don't understand why you would want to?
Fla is one of the better states to be a non-resident of, especially as there's no state income tax & I believe you said you have already paid your sales tax on the boat.
Any way, good luck, be persistent and very patient; it does YOU no good to lose your temper with the "little" people behind the desk.
08-15-2012 02:53 PM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

Done (just sent via FB). I read further back in your blog & blew my mind - we also had a Belgian mix, awesome dog. I think its just the breed!
08-15-2012 02:39 PM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

Thanks, wingNwing! Please do send me your info and we'll definitely let them know you sent us. I also just went and liked your FB page. While not new to sailing, we are new to the whole living aboard/cruising aspect, so it's been really wonderful to have these forums to help us newbies out! I always say that sailors are the most helpful kind of people! Thanks for checking out the blog, too!

Happy sailing!


Vacilando | This is the story of two people, a dog and a journey. We'll choose some article almost certain not to exist and diligently try to find it.
08-15-2012 02:28 PM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

Hey, nice blog Melody! We visited St B's while we were in Florida last year Life Afloat Archives: But How Do You Get Your Mail? and it was interesting to see how they do stuff behind the scenes. If you decide to talk to them, tell them we sent you (I'll email you our details)
08-15-2012 04:11 AM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

I've been wondering about this as well, as we just recently moved aboard our boat. I'll have to look into St Brendans!


Vacilando | This is the story of two people, a dog and a journey. We'll choose some article almost certain not to exist and diligently try to find it.
07-06-2012 12:31 PM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

Strider, also note that your *legal* address, for voting, tax, drivers license etc does not have to be the same as your *mailing* address. We converted as much as possible to electronic billing and statements, and continue to have the rest sent to St Brendans.
07-06-2012 11:48 AM
Re: How to establish residency for live aboard

IF the zoning legally allows them to rent out a residency, you may be able to simply use their address, although of course that means the mail will all be delivered to them. Or the local post office may allow you to use an "apartment 1" "slip 1" or "-1/2" on the address. That's sometimes at the discretion of the local postmaster/carrier, so I'd start at the post office.

Then take whatever they will recognize to the local DMV and start from there, since they will be hungry to register the boat and transfer the title and take fees for that. If the local DMV are clueless, try the local Board of Elections since they may be more flexible in order to meet federal voter registration standards, and a Bd.E. voter registration address should be accepted back at the DMV.

But if you can just use the address where you rent the know, put a basket up somewhere, ask the folks to drop your mail in it when and if there is any?
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