Table of Contents:
- How to Establish Arizona Residency
- How to Establish Residence in North Carolina
- How to Change Residency to Florida
- How to Change Your Residency to Tennessee
Establish Arizona residency by meeting the time, employment and physical presence requirements. Various agencies have different check lists, so be sure to confirm why you need residency and what those requirement are. These requirements regard employment or business, school attendance, physical presence and non-residency in other states. The University of Arizona has different criteria for evaluating residency than the Game and Fish Department. Therefore, if your goal is residency for reduced resident tuition, follow the school's guidelines.
Determine how long you need to be in the state. For tuition purposes, university students must be in the state for at least a year and have other purpose in the state other than being a student. That means they need to work and subside, perhaps be married in the state.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department require residents to spend at least six consecutive months a year in the state. For tax returns, the guidelines state those who spend more than nine months of the year in Arizona are considered residents. A dated rental contract with proof of payment will most likely work, as will utility bills with your name on them.
Hold a job in Arizona that is not derived from seasonal agricultural work. A paycheck stub from a business with an address in Arizona would demonstrate this employment. Seasonal work in agriculture does not meet residency requirements because these workers move from state to state with great frequency.
Have a child in the state's school system and do not pay non-residency fees. If the school system has accepted you as a resident, this may be sufficient proof for other agencies.
Possess an Arizona driver's license. If the Motor Vehicle Division has accepted you as a resident, this can go a long way toward proving to other agencies that you are a resident. When you get a driver's license, Arizona makes it easy to register to vote simultaneously. Proof of voter registration would also serve to establish residency for any inquiring agency.
Work and pay state income tax in Arizona. This begins the process of establishing residency.. As long as you were in Arizona for at least a nine months, you are considered a resident for tax purposes. If you aren't, you may be considered a part-time resident or resident of another state.
Meet any of the above criteria without being a resident of another state. Residency in another state negates the opportunity to be a resident of Arizona, no matter how many criteria you meet.
Note that getting a license or a lease alone doesn't satisfy residency requirements in most instances. These serves as a time stamp to mark the start of duration requirements.
Getting a Driver's License
If you plan to drive in North Carolina, you must get a license within 60 days of permanently relocating to the state. To get your new license, you must provide proof of your new North Carolina address such as with a lease agreement, utility or cable bill. You must also successfully complete knowledge, vision, traffic sign recognition and driving skills tests.
Registering to Vote
You must be a resident of North Carolina to vote in the state -- and register in the county where you live at least 30 days before the election in which you plan to vote. On the application, you must provide your home address in addition to your name, date of birth and citizenship status. You must send the completed form to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Once received and approved, the BOE will mail you a voter registration card as proof of your registration.
Qualifying for In-State Tuition Rates
If you plan to study at a public North Carolina university and want to be eligible to receive the lower in-state tuition rate as a North Carolina resident, you must live in the state for at least 12 continuous months immediately preceding the first day of classes -- and North Carolina must be your permanent home, not just where you live while attending college. To establish this, the school will look at such factors as whether you filed state income tax returns, own property in the state and pay property taxes, have a North Carolina driver's license, own vehicles registered in North Carolina, registered to vote in the state, work in the state and have a North Carolina bank account.
Filing for Divorce
To divorce in North Carolina, you must also reside in the state for a certain amount of time. Immediately prior to filing a divorce petition, you or your spouse must have lived in North Carolina for at least six consecutive months. A North Carolina court has the authority to make decisions concerning your children, such as custody and child support, if the state is your children's home. Generally, this means that they have lived in the state for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to your request for custody or child support.
File a Declaration of Domicile with the clerk of circuit court in the county where you live. This document is a sworn statement that you want to make Florida your permanent home.
Obtain a Florida driver's license. Take your photo identification, proof of your date of birth, Social Security card and two pieces of mail with your Florida address to the local Florida Highway Safety Department to get your license. The 2010 fee for a Class E driver's license is $48.
Register your car in Florida. Bring your original title and proof of insurance to the local county tax collector or license plate agency. The fee to register your vehicle is determined by the vehicle's weight. The fee can range from $46.15 to $70.65 for 2010.
Register to vote in Florida. Print out the voter registration application from the Florida Board of Elections website. You can mail or bring the completed and signed application to the local county Supervisor of Elections office.
Relocate to Tennessee. It is important to note that students moving to Tennessee for the sole purpose of attending university may find it difficult to become a state resident for purposes of paying in-state tuition. Although they are able to establish legal residence for other purposes, such as obtaining a Tennessee ID or Driver's license, they will continue to pay out-of-state tuition.
Obtain employment, purchase property in Tennessee, register to vote, or obtain a Tennessee driver's license. For students, these actions indicate a desire to maintain a residency status after graduation. For other's these actions ensure that the resident is able to enjoy all of the rights, privileges and duties conferred to other Tennessee residents. When purchasing property or obtaining a Tennessee drivers licence, the state requires proof of residence.
Register a business entity. The legal residence of a business is determined by the state in which it is incorporated. By incorporating in the state of Tennessee, businesses are bound to Tennessee state taxes and are able to apply to use Tennessee state law in legal proceedings outside of the state.