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gshank
(@gshank)
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Hi Everyone! Long time lurker here. I have a possible job offer in Frederiksted, I'll know for sure in about 3 weeks if I will be moving to STX. They are offering a little bit of relo assistance so that is a major plus. I've been researching shipping my car, getting VI license plates etc. I see that you cannot get a valid VI license unless you have a proof of address. This sounds like I'll need to secure an apartment before I move? I've been in touch with a few places that are fully furnished and in my price range but they're definitely not within walking distance of Frederiksted, so a car is a must. Anyone who has been in the same boat, how did you do it all?

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Posted : January 16, 2017 3:39 pm
STXBob
(@STXBob)
Noble Member

Welcome, gshank.

Legally, you should get a VI drivers license within 30 days of moving to the VI. Actually, people do it months or years after moving here (or never), without much issue. So, no need to have an address before you move here.

You can register a vehicle without a VI drivers license, although you probably need a VI address.

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Posted : January 16, 2017 5:01 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

You just need to get the insurance before you register the vehicle.
It might be worthwhile to have someone do all the running around and register the vehicle for you.

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Posted : January 16, 2017 5:29 pm
AandA2VI
(@AandA2VI)
Noble Member

Move here
Register car
Find apartment
Set up utilities
Get mail box
Get DL when u can - we waited several months. We also got a duplicate in the states before we moved to the VI so we have both. Not supposed to do that but I've found some bars in the states will not take a VI DL so we take both when we go back to visit.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : January 16, 2017 5:38 pm
gshank
(@gshank)
Active Member

Thanks, STXBob!
I hadn't thought of that...If the job comes through I will definitely try to put a deposit down on an apartment before I get there so I do have an address.

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Posted : January 16, 2017 5:47 pm
gshank
(@gshank)
Active Member

Thanks for the reply, I am looking to have Crowley ship my car and I had emailed them about having someone to the grunt work. Waiting to hear back!

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Posted : January 16, 2017 5:48 pm
AandA2VI
(@AandA2VI)
Noble Member

Thanks for the reply, I am looking to have Crowley ship my car and I had emailed them about having someone to the grunt work. Waiting to hear back!

Would you let me know what they say about shipping costs? Are u shipping from FL?

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : January 17, 2017 12:32 am
Scubadoo
(@Scubadoo)
Noble Member

I hadn't thought of that...If the job comes through I will definitely try to put a deposit down on an apartment before I get there so I do have an address.

It's highly NOT recommended to do that. Don't put money down for any long term rental until after you've physically seen it and checked everything out. You could perhaps use a short term condo vacation rental, even a month, when you get there while you're looking for someplace permanent. It won't be cheap but it's option. On the other end of the scale are the guest rooms at Villa Morales. Don't see having an address immediately as being that important.

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Posted : January 17, 2017 1:07 am
rosesisland
(@rosesisland)
Island Expert

I agree mostly with Scubadoo except Villa Morales. Isn't that about as far away from Frederiksted as one can get?
My new neighbor's arrived and stayed at an air B and B while looking for a place.

You'll, more than likely, arrive a few days before your vehicle, so a car rental would be advised and then get a place. You'll then have an address and insurance papers for when car arrives and gets tagged.

Best advise, do not rent until you get on island! Although we did lease a house before we moved last time, (we had lived here before) knew the area we wanted and I had a friend do a walk through before I sent money and signed a lease. Most people arrive for first time are amazed at just how long it takes to get from one place to another.

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Posted : January 17, 2017 10:48 am
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

it took almost a month for my vehicle to get here. just know it might not always be in a weeks time.

i had an out of state license for years, florida for a while and then maryland. i only got a dl for here when i got called for jury duty in maryland.

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Posted : January 17, 2017 10:57 am
gshank
(@gshank)
Active Member

I got a quote from Crowley for $1300 to STX from Port Everglades, FL.

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Posted : January 17, 2017 1:50 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Don't forget to add road tax, inspection, registration, customs duty if car and all its parts aren't U.S. made/manufactured, new license plates, insurance, etc.

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Posted : January 17, 2017 5:20 pm
gshank
(@gshank)
Active Member

Don't forget to add road tax, inspection, registration, customs duty if car and all its parts aren't U.S. made/manufactured, new license plates, insurance, etc.

This is another thing I've done with math on.... It looks like it's going to take about $2,200 to get my honda fit shipped, registered, customs duty etc all that jazz. I'm beginning to wonder if I should save that $2,000 and just make the move without a car for the time being.

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Posted : January 17, 2017 5:26 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

SHIP THE CAR!
You'll spend more buying one here and you'll need a car to get around.

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Posted : January 17, 2017 5:33 pm
Afriend
(@afriend)
Reputable Member

Do you have the $2,000/$2,200 in cash ready to spend? If so, have you thought about selling your car in the US and then use the proceeds plus the additional $2,000/$2,200 to purchase a car after you arrive on STX?

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Posted : January 17, 2017 5:34 pm
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