We lived in Indiana for 27 years. That was so long I can't remember if we had any difficulty establishing residency there or not.
I can tell you it was QUITE an ordeal to officially become residents here.
The FIRST step was to get our driver's licenses.
To get our driver's license we had to have proof of identity (birth certificate, passport, photo ID like our driver's license from Indiana.) But that wasn't enough. We had to have a bill or bank statement that showed our name, Wisconsin address, AND at least a month's worth of activity.
When our first bill FINALLY came, it showed 51 days of activity, but that meant we'd had to WAIT that long to get our licenses.
Finally we had everything we needed, returned to the DMV where we were issued a xerox paper copy of what WOULD be on our driver's licenses WHEN they were sent to us from the state.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? We couldn't get the plastic card that day - - - we had to "live" with a xerox paper for a week.
Someone threatened to draw a moustache on mine.
As you can see, our REAL licenses finally did come. Yes, I've blotted out my vital statistics including my weight.
I love to read. I check books out of the library ALL THE TIME.
Well - - - you guessed it - - - couldn't get my library card until I had my driver's license.
Couldn't get my driver's license until I had a bill showing my name, address, and one month of activity.
Took 51 days to get that bill and another week to get the driver's license in the mail.
I FINALLY got my library card TODAY!!!! Wooot!!!
I checked out 2 books!
We needed to get our license plates too.
Had to have our driver's licenses, bill showing our names, address, and one month activity, PROOF of Wisconsin insurance AND lots 'o $$$$$$$.
Furthermore - - - we couldn't get the "tag" at the same place where we got our drivers licenses. We had to GO TO ANOTHER TOWN.
I know the plate looks dirty already - - - yours would too if you were driving over snow and salt covered roads.
You should see my car!
Well - - - at least we are all "carded" now and legal residents. Fisherhubby can get an instate fishing license, which really was the "driving" factor to get all this done - - - that and my library card.
Also, we had it MUCH easier than our friends Betsy and Gerson who moved to Texas. They couldn't even FIND their DMV, it had moved leaving a note on the door. When they DID find it they had to have all of the above items PLUS have their car inspected!!!!
Riding public transportation is looking more and more appealing.