I plan to keep my Kentucky residence but ??? about driver's lic  

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Big Ed
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December 17, 2015 2:47 am  

I plan to keep my KY drivers license but Im thinking about buying a second home in STT, do I also need to get a USVI Drivers license?


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Scubadoo
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December 17, 2015 3:03 am  

No. You are a VI resident if you live in VI more than 6 mo in a year but as long as you have residence in KY and can renew there don't think anyone's going to be chasing after you. Just don't volunteer how long you are in VI. You're supposed to file income tax to VI if you're there for more than 6 mo though.


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Big Ed
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December 17, 2015 3:19 am  

Trust me, I would rather file USVI then KY, save me about 5.5%


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stjohnjulie
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December 17, 2015 8:52 am  

The law here states that if you live here more than 3 (consecutive) months a year, you need a VI driver's license. Recently on St. John they have been cracking down on that. So if you intend to keep you Kentucky license, and you get pulled over, and they ask how long you have lived here, make sure you tell them something less than that.


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OldTart
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December 17, 2015 9:15 am  

Trust me, I would rather file USVI then KY, save me about 5.5%

It all comes out in the wash. You'd save between 2 and 6% on your KY state income tax but that would be way more than balanced by the way higher cost of USVI living!


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December 17, 2015 10:45 am  

trust me, you dont want to file here if you get refunds.


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STXBob
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December 17, 2015 1:55 pm  

Snowbirds generally live in the USVI for over 3 straight months per year, and they live in the states for over 3 straight months per year. Technically they should change their drivers license twice per year. I doubt that a single one of them does that.


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December 17, 2015 2:12 pm  

You can always say you lost your stateside license and get a duplicate. Turn in one for your STT license. Keep the other to drive stateside.

I've never understood why you can't have a license to drive in more than one place especially if you must go back and forth and/or own property in 2 different places.


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Exit Zero
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December 17, 2015 3:17 pm  

I am in the opposite situation -- I have a car and home stateside where I spend 3-4 months and only have a VI license. I can own a car there but cannot insure it there without a license in that state - so a family member has to own and insure it for me - I don't want to turn in my VI license for one there as I spend most of my time here.


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SausageInTheCan
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December 17, 2015 3:17 pm  

Trust me, I would rather file USVI then KY, save me about 5.5%

Yeah but it will take years to get a refund if you're due one.


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speee1dy
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December 17, 2015 3:24 pm  

(tu) mr sausage


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CruzanIron
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December 17, 2015 7:05 pm  

Trust me, I would rather file USVI then KY, save me about 5.5%

Yeah but it will take years to get a refund if you're due one.

But you earn 4% interest on your refund.


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specialk
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December 17, 2015 10:55 pm  

You can always say you lost your stateside license and get a duplicate. Turn in one for your STT license. Keep the other to drive stateside.

I've never understood why you can't have a license to drive in more than one place especially if you must go back and forth and/or own property in 2 different places.

Several years ago I moved from STX to CA. I used my VI license in CA for a year at which point I needed to get a CA license for business reasons. CA law requires all out of staters to take their written test to obtian a CA license. I passed. Was issued a CA license. And handed back my VI license. When I moved back to STX six years ago my Original VI license was still valid.

In the VI one can keep their stateside license. And get a VI license. But you need to take the VI test if you don't want to surrender your stateside license.


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Scubadoo
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December 18, 2015 12:28 am  

I am in the opposite situation -- I have a car and home stateside where I spend 3-4 months and only have a VI license. I can own a car there but cannot insure it there without a license in that state - so a family member has to own and insure it for me - I don't want to turn in my VI license for one there as I spend most of my time here.

Laws are laws even if they are impractical in some situations. I like the idea of just getting the duplicate license and carry on. It doesn't even sound illegal.

Years ago folks would register their car in one state and get insurance there while residing in another state with the car many states away due to significant insurance rate differences. So they started cracking down on requiring a license in the state you want to register the car in as well as get insurance. Makes it a real pain for folks with legitimate reasons to maybe register a car away from their home state.


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STXBob
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December 18, 2015 11:24 am  

In 1998, my co-worker had his car registered in NJ, but he lived in NY (or the reverse, I forget). Eventually he got a fine of $1100 because inspectors were watching for vehicles with out-of-state plates that repeatedly parked overnight in residential areas over 30 days or more.


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OldTart
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December 18, 2015 2:53 pm  

Although the question was about a driver's license and not registration, it's worth noting that you're not required to present a VI driver's license to register a vehicle here. You are required to present legitimate photographic ID.


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