A Florida resident is an individual who has established a primary place of residence in Florida and spends a substantial part of each year in the state. This residency status is often legally recognized through actions like obtaining a Florida driver’s license, registering to vote in Florida, and filing a Declaration of Domicile in the county of residence.

To become a Florida resident, follow these ten steps:

  1. Establish a Physical Presence: Spend more than six months per year in Florida to qualify as a resident.
  2. Obtain a Florida Address: Rent or buy a home in Florida and use this address for all your official documents.
  3. File a Declaration of Domicile: Visit your local county courthouse in Florida to file this legal document, stating Florida is your primary and permanent home.
  4. Obtain a Florida Driver’s License: Exchange your out-of-state driver’s license for a Florida license at a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office.
  5. Register Your Vehicle: Register your car in Florida and get Florida license plates.
  6. Register to Vote: Update your voter registration to reflect your Florida address.
  7. Update Your Mailing Address: Change your address with the post office, banks, credit card companies, and other important institutions.
  8. File Florida Homestead Exemption: If you own your home, file for this exemption for property tax benefits.
  9. Update Your Estate Planning Documents: Revise or create new estate planning documents, like your will or trust, in accordance with Florida law.
  10. File Taxes as a Florida Resident: File your next tax return with the IRS using your Florida address, and inform your previous state of your change in residency if applicable.
Gideon Alper

About the Author

Gideon Alper is an attorney who specializes in asset protection planning. He graduated with honors from Emory University Law School and has over 15 years of legal experience.

Gideon has helped thousands of clients protect their assets from creditors. Before private practice, he represented the federal government while working for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.

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