South Dakota: The Mecca For Full-Time Travelers

south dakotaEveryone needs an address.

Even those who travel full time need some type of physical address.

Credit cards, insurance companies,, banks, the government, and so on, need an address even if you do everything on line.

Most people’s first thought would be to use an address belonging to a family member or friend. But what if they live in states that are unfriendly due to  high income taxes and strict regulations?

Thanks to a growing number of full time RV’ers, there is a place to go that was designed for those who travel–South Dakota.

South Dakota officials, looking for a way to make money yet keep costs low, saw a big market in full time RV’ers. The state would allow these mechanical nomads to  register their vehicles by mail. They would never actually have to set foot in South Dakota. To make it even easier, the state did away with annual inspections. They didn’t limit it to just RV’s. All vehicles can register the same way.

The next logical step would be to offer driver’s licenses and voters registration to these same people. While they can’t allow that to be done by mail or online, they did make a category where you would be able to get these two official documents even if you didn’t reside full time in the state. All you would need is some type of address. (And proof that the night before you go for the driver’s license you stayed in either a hotel or RV park and don’t actually have a home in the state.)

Very quickly, a cottage industry started to rise. The private mail box. These companies, peppered throughout the state, offer not only an address but mail forwarding services as well.  Some  have become so high tech they will email you  every time you get mail, tell you who sent it,  ask if you want it sent and to where.

One of these companies,  in Sioux Falls, located itself across the street from the DMV, down the street from a bank, and next door to an insurance agency. They will even walk you from place to place if you so desire. They claim one of their clients can take care of getting a drivers license, voter’s registration, a bank account, and insurance in less than a day. (And Target is down the block as well should you need to stock up on those under 3 oz samples for the 3-1-1 bag.)

And if all that wasn’t enough, South Dakota has no state income tax.

While it’s not official yet, OBOW may be moving to South Dakota. At least on paper.

Lastly, South Dakota has no state income tax.

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4 Responses to South Dakota: The Mecca For Full-Time Travelers

  1. Luke says:

    I can see this lasting only until South Dakota’s “official” population grows to the point that they pick up another representative in the Congress, and a high-tax state loses one. I wonder how the district would get drawn.

  2. Liz says:

    Got a kick about the lack of either hyphen or combination of the words full and time.

    I initially thought article would be about time travelers, lol

  3. MWebb says:

    I had a private mailbox once and my mailbox always filled up with junk mail and catalogs, only got bills around the 1st and 15th. If you can circular file the junk mail with an email back to the mail service, that would be perfect.

    As for bills all my companies want to send via email now anyway.

  4. Frank@OBOW says:

    I’ve had private mailboxes in the past and had my mail sent to me. They had a standing order never to send the junk,…..I mean “bulk” mail. My postal carrier corrected on that.

    I, too, pay all my bills online. But, banks, credit card companies, etc, still want an address for their records.

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