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Hi,

My husband and I have been full timers for 15 years. We have been legal residents of South Dakota for all of that time and have been totally satisfied with our mail forwarding company there. However we find it increasingly difficult to go there to renew our driver's licenses in person and feel it would be much more convenient to have a TX address. However the task of changing everything over is rather daunting. How difficult is it to get everything done that needs to be done to change our domicile from SD to TX? We've known about the Escapees ever since we started this journey and wonder how current Escapees feel about the service.

Vicki

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Changing domicile is fairly easy but changing address is not. It is my understanding you cannot file a change of address from from a mailing service so you need to make a list of everyone who sends you mail in SD and send a change of address notice to each and every one of them. It is doable but it is not easy.

Linda

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We were told the same as Linda. Probably the best way to do it is to set up the new address and have your mail sent there. Each time a packet arrives, contact those you really want to hear from and let them know your new address. It won't take too long for the address changes to take effect.

While you are doing that you can get your vehicles inspected, registered, and new drivers licenses.

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2 hours ago, kb0zke said:

We were told the same as Linda. Probably the best way to do it is to set up the new address and have your mail sent there. Each time a packet arrives, contact those you really want to hear from and let them know your new address. It won't take too long for the address changes to take effect.

Be aware that some mail only comes once a year and that magazines take more lead time to process address changes.

Linda

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Figure a half day in Livingston to get you DL and everything inspected and registered.

Get you Escapees mailbox now and start changing addresses. Make sure you keep your old address long enough to make sure nothing random of a critical nature comes through. I would keep the old address through  next Feb/Mar to cover a tax season.

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I never had an issue with my SD drivers license.  Renewal can be done online once every 10 years.

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39 minutes ago, Barbaraok said:

I thought SD was a 5 year renewal?

It is for us . We have to make a personal appearance once every 5 years for drivers license renewal . 

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With respect to changing addresses for full-timers, a number of us had to do it on a moment's notice last summer when MyDakotaAddress suddenly went out of business.  It wasn't really all that difficult.  As soon as I had my new address information I went online with all of the entities we do business with one-at-a-time and changed our address.  It might have taken me a couple of hours and there were those that I didn't remember to do the first time through, but in no case did I have to rely on waiting for pieces of mail to show up.

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Your family & friends can be notified via email or text.  Create a group email and you'll only have to type the address one time & it will go out to everyone.

Surely you have a list of your bills and it probably is not long if RVing. Contact them and do an address change.

Magazines - if you subscribe it's probably for very few. Google them for address change or get an old copy and in the front would be contact information.

It really shouldn't take long at all.

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5 minutes ago, 2gypsies said:

Your family & friends can be notified via email or text.  Create a group email and you'll only have to type the address one time & it will go out to everyone.

Surely you have a list of your bills and it probably is not long if RVing. Contact them and do an address change.

Magazines - if you subscribe it's probably for very few. Google them for address change or get an old copy and in the front would be contact information.

It really shouldn't take long at all.

Nowhere on your list do I see health insurance companies, medical providers, tax entities, banks, car dealers who might need to send you recall notices, etc. It's those odd things that get challenging. Your categories are the easy ones.

Linda

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All you mentioned are in our list of creditors/financial info. Easily found.  I guess recalls might be a problem but we've never received one. :)

 

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1 hour ago, 2gypsies said:

All you mentioned are in our list of creditors/financial info. Easily found.  I guess recalls might be a problem but we've never received one. :)

 

You should be able to get email alerts for those.  Just go to the manufactures website and connect your vin with your email.  

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2 hours ago, 2gypsies said:

  I guess recalls might be a problem but we've never received one. :)

Maybe because they don't know how to reach you? We've received one on a motorhome (fridge liable to start on fire) and two on our car (air bags full of shrapnel). I would not have liked to miss any of those.

Linda

 

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2 hours ago, 2gypsies said:

I guess recalls might be a problem but we've never received one. :)

Your family & friends can be notified via email or text.

I think automotive recalls are sent to registered owner of vehicles directly from their manufacturers, not from the auto dealerships.  The address used is the one you received your license plates at.

I doubt that many of our family or friends even have our "mail service" address.  There's no particular reason to need it; if they send us anything it probably won't go there.

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5 hours ago, docj said:

I doubt that many of our family or friends even have our "mail service" address.  There's no particular reason to need it; if they send us anything it probably won't go there.

I'm confused. Why wouldn't friends and family mail go to your mail service?

Linda

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Thanks so much to all who offered advice and information. We haven’t decided what to do yet but now we can make an informed decision. 

Happy travels to all of you. 😊

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1 hour ago, sandsys said:

I'm confused. Why wouldn't friends and family mail go to your mail service?

Linda

Linda, 

Our friends and family always know where we are and have that local address. They don’t use our mail service address. 

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7 hours ago, sandsys said:

Maybe because they don't know how to reach you? We've received one on a motorhome (fridge liable to start on fire) and two on our car (air bags full of shrapnel). I would not have liked to miss any of those.

Linda

 

I meant we never bought anything that was recalled.:rolleyes:

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On 4/6/2019 at 6:09 PM, sandsys said:

Changing domicile is fairly easy but changing address is not. It is my understanding you cannot file a change of address from from a mailing service so you need to make a list of everyone who sends you mail in SD and send a change of address notice to each and every one of them. It is doable but it is not easy.

Linda

What happens if you stop your mail forwarding service?  Does all the mail get Return To Sender?  How does the USPS ever know that you are no longer at the mail forwarding service?

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8 hours ago, sandsys said:

I'm confused. Why wouldn't friends and family mail go to your mail service?

 

Who actually sends physical pieces of mail between friends and family these days?  We sure don't.  My wife's 85-year old sister is the only person who ever sends us a holiday greeting card on occasion.  We've long ago stopped exchanging actual Christmas cards with anyone.  

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1 hour ago, Jim1521 said:

What happens if you stop your mail forwarding service?  Does all the mail get Return To Sender?  How does the USPS ever know that you are no longer at the mail forwarding service?

Yes, that is exactly what usually happens.  In the case of MyDakotaAddress going out of business an exception was made and the USPS did provide forwarding service.  However, from a conversation I had recently with someone wanting to mail me a tax form, I was told that the address no longer shows on whatever mailing system they were using as a valid address.

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2 hours ago, Jim1521 said:

What happens if you stop your mail forwarding service?  Does all the mail get Return To Sender?  How does the USPS ever know that you are no longer at the mail forwarding service?

You go through the same process as you would when moving of notifying everyone that you get mail from of your new address. But you can't use the USPS forwarding order because the other people who use that service won't want their mail sent to you. The better mail service companies will help you by forwarding things to your new address for some period of time.

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