To be considered a Florida resident, you must reside here six months plus one day each year. However, the total amount of time need not be continuous.
Florida Homestead Exemption
If you own a home in Florida and it is your primary residence, you may file for a Homestead Exemption, The exemption knocks $50,000 off the assessed value of your home for state property tax purposes.
Register to vote in Florida. Contact the Florida Department of Elections. The Department has local offices in each Florida county.
Obtain your Florida drivers license and register your car in Florida.
Change the mailing address and permanent address on your bank accounts and brokerage accounts to reflect your Florida address.
Real Property Not in Florida
If you own real property outside Florida, contact the tax collector and request that the tax bill for that property be sent to your Florida address.
Official Change of Domicile
You may obtain file a Florida "Affidavit of Domicile."
Estate Planning Documents
If you have estate planning documents drafted in another state, see a Florida lawyer. Signing, witnessing and notarization laws vary among states. Plus, your documents may need to be revised so that you and your family can take best advantage of applicable Florida laws.
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