Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's Official!!

Yes, it's official! We are now South Dakota residents! As I mentioned earlier we are saving $400 a year on our insurance by doing this. We basically have had the same thing in Florida since we sold our house there and had to have somewhere to get our mail. Thursday we went to America's Mailbox in Rapid City and officially signed up for them to receive our mail. They in turn provided us with an address to use for registering the truck and 5th wheel and for our driver's licenses and a means to register to vote. The cost for this is $99 a year plus $100 for a postage bank and a one time $25 set up fee. For another $25 they would do the registering of our vehicles for us but since we didn't have anything to do anyway we decided to do it ourselves. They really kinda discouraged this as they said we would be there all day and if we didn't have all our ducks in a row we would have to go back another day and wait in line all over again. Well, I have to say it was extremely easy for us to do it ourselves and the lady who helped us at the Courthouse didn't even ask for half the stuff that our mail service said we needed. Yes, the line did seem long when we got off the elevator but it went really fast and we were at one of the windows within 15 minutes. Another 15 minutes later and we were out the door with our new license plates in our hands. It was too late in the day to get our driver's licenses so we did that the very next day. Again, a very easy process. Sheesh, when we were in Florida we had to make an appointment to get our driver's licenses and even with that we still had to wait for 2 hours! We walked into the DMV and I looked up on the wall where one of those electronic "Now Serving" things was and it said #1. I pulled out a ticket and it was #2. LOL. The lady who helped me looked at the address on my application and said, "Oh, you're RV'ers, huh?" I guess they know that address. LOL. Took an eye test and a new picture and we were done.

Here they are!! Look how much smaller the one for the 5th wheel is

Looks like he's holding up a convict number

After that we left to go do laundry, get some cash at the Bank of Walmart and bought a phone card. We had to find a public phone to call Rod's mom and NO, it's not easy finding a public phone. People just don't use them anymore. We did find one but when Rod tried to call the 1-800 number he got a recording that said "you cannot dial an 800 number from this phone. Huh?? What's up with that?? Oh well, I guess our mission today is to find a phone that WILL let him dial an 800 number.


Anonymous said...

Congrats Deb glad you didn't have to go through to much trouble. And not only does he look like he is holding up a convict sign he looks like a convict lol just kidding Rod you are a swell looking guy. Again have fun on your travels.

Your friend Brenda

Sandra said...

Great photo of Rod LOL!

Congratulations on becoming SD 'residents'!

Leno said...

Congrats on your new residency. Its something to think about for the future.... Enjoy the rest of your stay there. Such a beautiful part of the country.

Mark and Dortha said...

Rod, from that picture, are you sure you knew what you were signing up for? LOL

Congratulations, but don't stand sitll in one spot too long.


LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Are the tags for the truck and trailer cheaper there than FL ?
They should have Rod's picture on their plates!!
Happy Trails, Penny, TX

Debbie Goode said...

Welcome to our world. We also belong to the great state of South Dakota and found the whole process just as easy as you did! Congrats.