How to Get Residency in Another State

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How to Get Residency in Another State. Sometimes there are financial benefits to obtaining residency in another state. You may wish to get residency somewhere else for the benefit of a business, taxes or receiving in-state tuition at a college or university. Starting residency in a new state can typically be approached the same way in all 50 states, though you should check a specific area for details, including the length of time one must live somewhere in order to be legally considered a resident. Read on to learn how to get residency in another state.

Find a place to live in the state you seek to become a resident. Make sure the exact location you choose fits your needs in seeking residency.

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Set up a living address with the U.S. Post Office by going to the nearest location and filing a change of address form.

Get a job, pay and file taxes in the state you seek residency.

Get both a driver's license and car license in the new state.

Register to vote following the necessary process in the new state.

Get paperwork and important documents transferred to the new address.


  • Check each state's specifications to determine when residency is considered complete. Some states only require you live in the location for six months, while others may require a full year. If seeking residency to reduce college tuition expenses, check with your college or university to learn requirements for what they consider being a state resident. Some schools will require proof that a student lived in the location two years prior to applying to the college.