CDL Residence

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Brad K.'s Comment
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Hello Everyone,

I am slowly putting together my plan for my career change and have found a hurdle that I haven't been able to find any exact answers on:

I am currently a home owner in Florida. I am going to get my CDL through Suncoast Trucking Academy here in SW Florida. During my 10 weekend course my house will be on the market to hopefully sell by years end. I am kind of planning on graduation, home sale and out of state company OTR training to fall into reasonably close timelines.

I am single, 51 years old with hopefully 15 years of work life remaining, my daughter is grown and living in Ohio, I love driving, I consider myself a loner and have very strong work ethic. I just want to drive and bank roll my retirment. It's just my dog and I so my plan is to be a full time trucker living in the truck.

Once my home sells and I have my Florida state CDL I do not plan on buying or renting another home.

Now for my question: Once I have my CDL with the address of the home I am selling, after the house sells can I change my address to a mail forwarding service (popular with full time RV'ers) in the state of Florida with just a cell phone bill and CCW permit without any CDL issues? That being said, what if down the road I wanted to transfer my Florida CDL to a South Dakota mail forwarding service?

I've read some threads here on TT but all are a few years old and it's my understanding that laws have change a bit so I'm hoping that someone has some urrent accurate info on the subject.

Thank you all in advance for your replies. Brad

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I would recommend calling both Florida and South Dakota DMV. Laws about transferring licenses can get complicated.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Big Red (Mike)'s Comment
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Now for my question: Once I have my CDL with the address of the home I am selling, after the house sells can I change my address to a mail forwarding service (popular with full time RV'ers) in the state of Florida with just a cell phone bill and CCW permit without any CDL issues? That being said, what if down the road I wanted to transfer my Florida CDL to a South Dakota mail forwarding service?

Hey Brad, good question. I am currently a full-time RV'er looking to start CDL training in Jan 2019. We use a mailing service called "Escapees" right now (I'm guessing it might be the one you are referring to) with TX as our state of residence. Although we don't spend much time in Texas we do several things to justify it as our domicile: Driver's Licenses, Concealed Carry Permits, Voting, Updated Wills, Jury Duty (though amazingly easy to defer when I was away from the state and got the summons), Bank Account, etc. Although TX has no state income tax, paying tax to a state will certainly help solidify your legal residence. Money talks!

I recommend you go the the Escapees website and search for "domicile." The club/site are supported (owned?) by a legal firm that specializes in issues of domicile. Besides that, their mail service is awesome! They toss out all my junk mail and scan the other envelopes so I can decide if I want them forwarded, tossed, or opened and the contents scanned. **BTW, I receive NO compensation or reward for mentioning Escapees. Just a happy customer.**

Hope this helps, Mike

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brad K.'s Comment
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Thank you!

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Now for my question: Once I have my CDL with the address of the home I am selling, after the house sells can I change my address to a mail forwarding service (popular with full time RV'ers) in the state of Florida with just a cell phone bill and CCW permit without any CDL issues? That being said, what if down the road I wanted to transfer my Florida CDL to a South Dakota mail forwarding service?

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Hey Brad, good question. I am currently a full-time RV'er looking to start CDL training in Jan 2019. We use a mailing service called "Escapees" right now (I'm guessing it might be the one you are referring to) with TX as our state of residence. Although we don't spend much time in Texas we do several things to justify it as our domicile: Driver's Licenses, Concealed Carry Permits, Voting, Updated Wills, Jury Duty (though amazingly easy to defer when I was away from the state and got the summons), Bank Account, etc. Although TX has no state income tax, paying tax to a state will certainly help solidify your legal residence. Money talks!

I recommend you go the the Escapees website and search for "domicile." The club/site are supported (owned?) by a legal firm that specializes in issues of domicile. Besides that, their mail service is awesome! They toss out all my junk mail and scan the other envelopes so I can decide if I want them forwarded, tossed, or opened and the contents scanned. **BTW, I receive NO compensation or reward for mentioning Escapees. Just a happy customer.**

Hope this helps, Mike

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brad K.'s Comment
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My next question would be: If I continue to claim FL as my residence, am I correct in assuming that I will file tax returns in both Florida and the state the Trucking co. will be paying me from since I will probably have state income tax deducted from the trucking companys state of business?

Old School's Comment
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No, you will only pay a state income tax for your state of residence. Most of the larger carriers can even handle the state income tax withholding for you.

Brad K.'s Comment
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Thank you! Greatly appreciated

No, you will only pay a state income tax for your state of residence. Most of the larger carriers can even handle the state income tax withholding for you.

ChefsJK's Comment
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You could always use your daughters address in Ohio for that purpose and it would give you a reason to head up that way and there is always freight leaving that state, lol.

Stephanie K.'s Comment
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OMG, Brad K, I am doing the exact same thing you are planning to do. I have a mailbox in Ohio near my daughter at UPS for 15.00 a month. I will keep my address there untill I decide to sell my car because registration is cheaper. I am at Prime out of MO and they have mailboxes I can rent at their terminal and use MO as my permanent address. I will rent a mailbox from both places so when my daughter gets my DMV and insurance mail she can forward it to me at the terminal. She checks my UPS box once a week. UPS gives you a regular address so it is recognized as a residential address. My CDL permit is issued from MO. When I pass my exam I will have 30 days to transfer my license to my state of residence (Ohio). Hope that helps. Oh I am 52 and looking to put in 15 years on the truck for the same reasons as you.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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