Maybe someone can give me some information on this. I apologize for the convoluted nature of this post.
We lived in our own house in Texas for 25 years. We got an RV, sold the house, and got an Escapees address. Then our plans were put on hold; one of our daughters was about to start a family. She wanted Mommy with her for the first three months after giving birth.
So, about three years ago we drove up to Chicago. We put our RV in storage and rented a basement in a house a few blocks from where our daughter and son-law-law lived.
Three months has turned into three years, and one granddaughter in Chicago has turned into two granddaughters. (We also wound up having another granddaughter in Massachusetts.)
When we first came to Chicago we had no idea how long we were going to stay. We were living in a month-to-month rental without a lease.
If we had wanted to change our drivers' licenses from Texas to Illinois we could not have; Illinois has some strict ID requirements, including proofs of address. We didn't have any. All our mail was to our Rainbow Drive address. We had nothing for Illinois, or at least, nothing that was acceptable according to their list. (Side note: It's much easier to get a voter ID card in Illinois (no documents necessary,) than switch your license.)
The landlady in whose house we were living just sold the house. We moved into an apartment. We have a lease and utility bills. So, we can get Illinois licenses now.
Here's the issue:
We no longer have the RV, but we still have the truck (Dodge Ram 3500) and the passenger car (Honda Fit). The car is with us in Chicago. The truck is with our son in Massachusetts. Both vehicles still have Texas titles and plates. My wife wants to keep the truck because she says we may go on the road again in a few years.
Here's my question:
What are the implications of keeping our Texas driver's licenses with our Escapees address, and keeping our vehicles with Texas plates?
If we are going to travel again then it will be much simpler for us to keep things as they are. Also, the truck almost never goes to Illinois. In fact, we hardly drive the car in Chicago itself; once every two weeks to do major shopping. Most of the driving is done back and forth to our other three grown kids in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and back and forth to Texas once or twice a year where my wife still performs as a puppeteer.
I should note: I'm not trying to avoid Illinois state income taxes. I fill out Illinois tax returns. Also, we give our Chicago address for my wife's Obamacare plan. (I'm on Medicare.)
Thanks in advance for any useful information.