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.
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.