Even though we haven't lived in Ohio since 2001 we have maintained our Ohio residency.
Our Absentee Ballots
The November Presidential Election
Since 2001 we have changed our mailing address to the Escapees mail service in Livingston, Texas.
We have continued to be Ohio Residents...
We pay Ohio Income Tax
Vote in Ohio
Until a couple of years ago, we continued to have all our medical, dental, and optical needs taken care of in Ohio.
We just never saw the need to change all that...
Well, my doctor quit her practice; Bill's doctor passed away....
Our CPA suggested we finally take that Ohio Tax Refund that's been hanging out there because it didn't look to him like we were going to return. It just seems like it's time to make the move.
So while we were in Ohio recently, Bill got on the internet to see what all would be required to change our vehicle registration and to change our state residency. He even went to the safe deposit box to retrieve whatever necessary documents.
We changed our auto and motorhome insurance to a Texas company.
We arrived back in Texas last Thursday. We started the process the very next day.
It's become a very thorny situation.
We started by getting our vehicles inspected. Texas requires a yearly inspection and this must be done before even applying for Texas license plates.
That took 2 trips to town... the inspection station we went to will do motorhomes only at 8:00 in the morning. However, the fellow that told us that wasn't there the next day and the ones on duty said they couldn't do it. After some "discussion", they did.
Now we have a nice new "we passed" sticker on both the Scion and the Lazy Daze, at a cost of $15.50 each.
Wildflowers in bloom.... things are looking sweet.
Okay... ready to head to the Dept of Motor Vehicles.
Remember that I said that Bill had researched all this before we left Ohio? Well, a few tiny items were left off of that website.
We had our Ohio vehicle registration, our proof of insurance and those lovely inspections stickers.
Just like the website said.
But.... hmmmm... where's the title? the clerk asks...
We don't carry the title with us, we answer.
We point out that the website says "title OR current state registration".
Oh... we have to have the title if there's no lien on the vehicles, she says.
No... she insists!
We have no liens... but no titles with us.
Another sticky situation....
We figure we're screwed... no way are we going back to Ohio at this point.
We head back to our daughters house figuring we'll have to put all this on hold.
I make a phone call to the DMV in my Ohio home county... tell her we've lost the titles (don't ever tell the truth to authority!) ... and ask how do we get duplicates?
That lady was SO helpful... told me the website to get on... what form to print out... that we must get it notarized... where to mail it (along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope... and a check for $30.00), and when they get it, they'll make copies and send them out.
I printed out the forms, Bill & I filled them out... took them in to the local bank (where we have an account) had then notarized, and I stuffed all that into an envelope and walked across two parking lots to the local Post Office and mailed them out.
Another beautiful wildflower...
Does EVERYTHING have stickers on it in Texas?
Bill got on the Escapees forum last night and pulled up (another) list of things you have to do to change your residency to Texas.
According to that list, the photo of our motorhome and the weight slip can be satisfied by the brochure from the company that made it. We keep everything, and Bill will check to see if we still have that original brochure from Lazy Daze from 2001.
But, of course... that's no guarantee that we still won't have to get our rig weighed locally... take a new photo... all that stuff.
Purple and Yellow are the "in" colors this season!
We're taking this one step at a time...
First... get vehicles registered and new plates...
Second... get our driver's license transferred
Third... breathe in... breathe out....
Forth... let out a big sigh!
I've titled this "Part 1" because I have a feeling it's going to take a while to accomplish all we want to do.
In fact, in preparation for our Texas driver's license, today we got the info as to where Bill can get a physical to satisfy the requirements for his CDL.
(DOT has a specified place... only costs $85)
Did I mention that if we changed any info on the title of the rig, someone (us) would have to pay sales tax?
Oh my... the list goes on.
There's always something out to get you!
Don't know when I'll move on to Part II
I have a feeling it won't be real soon.
The good thing is that we have until January to get it all sorted out.
We can enjoy our family here... and quite a few sunsets between now and then. I'll let you know how this progresses.
That's All For Today!