Did you know that in the U.S.A. you are required to have a physical address in order to obtain/renew your state ID/Drivers license, submit a state/federal document, open a personal bank account, etc.? In most states/municipalities, you can even be arrested and detained for up to 48 hours while law enforcement tries to confirm your identity due to not having or in possession of an expired ID/License.
The U.S. Government and banking institutions do not accept or recognize P.O. boxes as physical addresses.
Note: Every city/municipality/state has different laws governing residential addresses being used. For instance, In Harris County (Houston, Texas) you are required to reside in the county more than 6 months out of a calendar year for it to be considered your primary address and able to be used to register a vehicle or transfer a title into your name. Be sure to research your local laws to ensure you are in compliance.
- Family or trusted friends – If you don’t have a house/apartment and/or trying to save the money you would normally spend on rent, you can always talk with a family member or trusted friend to see if they will allow you to be a resident at their physical address to receive your mail. It’s completely legal and common for family members to live together at all ages throughout life.
- The United Parcel Service (UPS) offers physical address mailboxes for a monthly/yearly rate. This might work out for you, but be sure not to ever miss a payment. You don’t want to lose your address to someone else. (Be sure to research your local laws to ensure you are in compliance.)
- You can rent a small house/apartment for a physical address and have a home-base, but this can get expensive.
- You can rent a tiny home or spot at an RV park that comes with a physical address. This is more cost-effective than a house or apartment and gives you a place to call a home-base.
- You can buy a small or large parcel of land and register it with the USPS (United States Postal Service). Then buy a mailbox with the address on it and set-up your new home-base. I would suggest a large steel/concrete/or brick mailbox with a large package shoot and capacity to hold a lot of mail, just in case you don’t make it back to your property more than a few times a year to check the mail. Keep your mail safe and secure.
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