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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My South Dakota Address

If anyone reads this entry who is debating about where to establish residency while living on the road full time, let me recommend South Dakota. You can't beat the costs of the mail forwarding services plus all the little details they take care of for you, and vehicle registration and getting a drivers license is a breeze.

Dealing with any governmental agency, federal, state, or local, is much easier with a local office that is not in a heavy populated metropolitan area. I found the same to be true when I lived in the Asheville, NC area, although I couldn't vouch for what it's like in Charlotte or Raleigh. My experiences with the Social Security Admin are a good example. When I registered for Medicare at the Asheville office, I was taken care of quickly and efficiently. Any questions I had were cheerfully answered, and the person I spoke with went out of her way to be helpful. Try that in any big city.

I needed to get in touch with Social Security today to change my mailing address, as they still had the old one on record, and my Medicare summary statement are still being sent to my old NC address. Since I am a Federal retiree and don't get social security benefits, I couldn't use the online change of address service. I hunted for some time around their website but never could do it because I'm not currently receiving benefits.

After much frustration on the phone trying to reach someone who could assist me, I was nearly in a rage of frustration listening to all those stupid voice prompts and never accomplishing anything. I decided to look up the South Dakota office and got the phone # for Sioux Falls. Bingo! The gentleman with whom I spoke took care of the address change in a matter of minutes, plus answered some other questions for me.

I've also had occasion to call the South Dakota DMV as well as Voter Registration. So far, everyone I've dealt with in that state has been super and has gotten straight to the heart of the matter or problem. So here is a big thanks to South Dakota and the people who live and work there.

I took my truck for an oil change this morning, as I needed a break from trying to deal with Social Security. I can always tell the difference right after an oil change - and she's humming right along. Even though it's not easy to navigate through parking lots with all their concrete barriers, I feel more at ease driving that truck than with a smaller vehicle.


  1. We're going to establish SD residency this summer so it's great to hear such positive comments on how well they handle it.

  2. So far for 13 years the Escapees and Livingston Texas have treated me very well also.

  3. Gypsy,

    We totally agree you with you on how easy it is to work with SD. When decided to change our residency to SD our mail forwarding company (Terri Lund at mydakotaadress.com) assisted us and made everything so easy. We were able to setup our bank account, vehicle, and health insurance via phones/emails; the only thing we HAD to do in person was our DL.

  4. Sounds like you've picked the right state alright. Glad everything worked out so well for you.

  5. Sounds like a good deal... I have heard that SD address meets the needs of many fulltimers. Hope we can use it too when our time comes.

    We might have a problem with the continued health care issue from Steve's employment, which might require us to maintain a Wisconsin address. Sigh. Guess we will see when the time comes in 2 years 10 months, 1 week, but who's counting???? LOL

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  6. I, too, have nothing but good things to say about having a South Dakota residency. We'll see what happens when I have to go back next year for my DL. :)