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Old 10-06-2013, 16:34   #1
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Drivers License for Live Aboard

We have recently become Liveaboards in Florida , not living abroad yet. Plan on being in a marina the next year and half to two years. House is sold, mail is forwarded to our marina, they have mail slots for each slip.
Is it ok to use their address and slip # as our address for drivers license in Fl? We do have family about 5 hours away, and close friends 5 minutes away, We also have a tree farm but it is now 7 hours from us and we only go there a 2-3 weeks a year, and plan to sell it in 1-2 years.

Any reasons a physical street address is better than a marina address / slip #?
Thanks for any insight but need to change our licenses.
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Re: Drivers License for live aboard

I'll only add that I have a California drivers license with the address in Florida (SBI); hasn't caused any problems. I imagine I have quite a few neighbors at 411 Walnut Street.
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Re: Drivers License for live aboard

It's as good of an address as any. That's your new residence's address. Go ahead and use it. Test a postcard sent to it, prior to using it permanently. I used a UPS mail box address for 5 years as my legal address, as I was all over the creation; never had any issues with that.

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Old 10-06-2013, 17:10   #4
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We have recently become Liveaboards in Florida , not living abroad yet. Plan on being in a marina the next year and half to two years. House is sold, mail is forwarded to our marina, they have mail slots for each slip.
Is it ok to use their address and slip # as our address for drivers license in Fl? We do have family about 5 hours away, and close friends 5 minutes away, We also have a tree farm but it is now 7 hours from us and we only go there a 2-3 weeks a year, and plan to sell it in 1-2 years.

Any reasons a physical street address is better than a marina address / slip #?
Thanks for any insight but need to change our licenses.

Yes. My Florida driver's license shows my address at the marina. My car and boat registrations have this address. My bank uses this address. Etc.
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Re: Drivers License for Live Aboard

I think it was Rebel Heart that I was talking to while riding up the elevator at our St. Brendan's Isle address,... or maybe one of the many other boaters living there. Our consensus is that a great advantage of the SBI address is that, when you move from one marina to another, there's no need to change all your address information. Over the years that I've lived aboard in Florida I've had several different marina addresses on driver's licenses as well as a PO Box, but for the last 12 years I've not had to make any changes.
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Congrats on the "move" where are you going to store all your spare boat parts?
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"Congrats on the "move" where are you going to store all your spare boat parts?"

...in a trailer cargo storage boat, towed behind the boat...where else do you think he will do?...

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I'm not even sure where i live any more!!!
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Hi Greg! You live at 7.8900° N, 98.3983° E. I hope that you find your way home, now!

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Never behave! I think if I just continue to go west, I'll find my way.

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Congrats on the "move" where are you going to store all your spare boat parts?
Lol thanks, storing spares at the parents garage., we do have a spare strter, tranny fuel pump s, injector pump and injectors etc etc on board. And i give the wife a hard time about her pots and pans hehe.

We have 2 storage boxes at the marina for dive tanks etc
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Storing things ashore can lead to a large handicap. Dock boxes, storage units, parent's garage, etc. can add up to a pretty big leash that can keep you from cruising.
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Re: Drivers License for Live Aboard

You can use a PO on your drivers license. It gets kind of tricky with the Police and proving where you live for various things - voter registration and taxes comes to mind.
Its better to use a friends address.
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Storing things ashore can lead to a large handicap. Dock boxes, storage units, parent's garage, etc. can add up to a pretty big leash that can keep you from cruising.

Or taking off without something you really need.

Your wife needs a reasonable collection of pots and pans. Any way you can hang the pots, say in a netting hammock? That said, i don't allow anything in my galley that can't do three jobs. They don't all have to be related to cooking, but there are no "preciously cute" items in my galley.
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I've used a PO address on my drivers licence since 1998. No problem with voter registration, but it was a huge problem getting a county library card. They wanted to see a utility bill or phone bill, and just didn't get it that I lived on a solar-powered boat and only used a cell phone.

For the past nine years I've been using a university PO address, simply because I get it free, and the secret bonus is that I never get called for jury duty.
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