The practicalities of not having a permanent address

David wrote: I’d like to see you post your tips and “tricks of the trade” so to speak on living out of a hotel or extended stay room. The one thing I worry about is the not having my license changed after 60 days as required by my state when you move. How do you deal with stuff like that when you have no permanent address?

I have no real tricks to speak of.

My address for my mail is set to my parents’ home, then forwarded to wherever I live, if I choose to do so (or I just wait and go back & pick it up, gives me a reason to see my parents).

You could also buy a P.O. Box for a whole year (which I have as my business address) and have all of your mail sent there, and then forward your mail from that P.O. Box to another address of wherever you choose to live.

Changing addresses

For things like having your address changed after 60 days — do you not have a permanent address of a friend or family member you can use?

If you don’t, you will just have to keep changing your license every single time, after 60 days.

I would note that if you are planning on only being there for 65 days for example, don’t  bother changing your address. It will take 2 weeks for it to change then another 2 weeks to change it again, so my guideline is usually 90 days or more to decide whether I change my address or not.

Also, I’m cautious of fast address changes, because my project could be cut short (happened before) and/or I decide to leave that hotel for another one that is much cheaper/better.

That means my mail going to that ONE address will now be lost in transit, and I have to try and figure out how to get it sent to my new address, etc.

Be careful of what province/state you live in.

By Canadian law, if you live in a province for more than 6 months of the year, you must file taxes in that province.

Living implies that you spend the majority of your time there.

Other than that, it’s just trying to gauge between how long you will be staying at a hotel and figuring out how long it will take to get everything changed, only to change it back after.

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