One thing I found is that Florida has no income tax, but it has a property tax on "intangible assets" -- that means stocks and mutual funds. I don't know if they include bank accounts, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did. While cruising, I expected to have very little income, so I couldn't see an advantage to changing my residence to a state that taxes my savings instead.
I never found a good answer to the residency problem, because the government
just doesn't even have a concept
that you might not have a permanent address.
As far as I know, in the US you can only get a driver's license from a state government
, and I'm not aware of any states that issue them to people who are not residents.
In Florida, you can swear under oath that you intend to reside in Florida, though I wonder if you could defend that claim if you haven't actually been there.
, you have to give a physical address; a post office box or mail service
is not acceptable. I asked the MVA what to do if I would be travelling and not have a home address. The best suggestion I got was "ask a friend if you can use their address".
On occasion, I've thought of telling the MVA "I am homeless", based on the assumption that they've probably at least HEARD of homless people. I haven't tried it, though.
Lately, I've chosen a marina to use as a "home base", so I have an actual address to give the state.