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Address/mail issues in Illinois - Queen - 01-04-2017

Since I'm a state retiree and my health care is tied to the state, I will have to keep Illinois as my permanent residence (it's a cost thing, the insurance for out of state is way outta my league).  I got really tired of trying to figure out how I can function without an actual address here.  Since IL went Real ID it's harder to get a license than a passport. So, I thought why not ask the state what I'm supposed to do.  LOL  I emailed them with this request the other day, I'll post back up if/when they ever reply.  I imagine if they hold true to form, they will either a) answer a completely different question, or b) tell me to use a family members address, since NO ONE can EVER read and entire letter/post before commenting.  

I am considering putting my belongings in  storage and using a UPS mailbox for my mail so I can travel for a year or two.  Can I use the UPS mailbox to change the address on my truck plates and drivers license?

I will not be returning to the same apartment when I come back, but will rent elsewhere in Champaign IL.  I do not have any family whose address I can use either.

Should be funny as hell to read


RE: Address/mail issues in Illinois - Queen - 01-05-2017

Heard back (sigh):

Thank you for your inquiry.

Unfortunately, you may not use a UPS mailbox for your Illinois address.

If we can be of further assistance, please contact us.


So, I asked this in my reply:


Thank you for the reply.  Can you tell me what options I have if I have for formal address for a while?  It could be as long as two years so I'm not sure what to do about a change of address for my drivers license and registration?


RE: Address/mail issues in Illinois - Optimistic Paranoid - 01-05-2017

I see Il is one of the few states to have passed a Homeless Bill of Rights.  I wonder if you can leverage that somehow by identifying yourself as a "homeless Il Resident living in her vehicle"?

http://www.chicagohomeless.org/illinois-becomes-2nd-state-to-enact-a-homeless-bill-of-rights/


RE: Address/mail issues in Illinois - BobBski - 01-05-2017

I never asked that question, just used the UPS address and instead of saying box number I used the term Apt #. You can also use a friends or relatives address for a physical address and still use the UPS address as your mailing address. I still have to go back to Ohio when I need a new DL but tags and registration are done my mail to UPS mailing address.


RE: Address/mail issues in Illinois - Queen - 01-05-2017

(01-05-2017, 12:39 PM)Optimistic Paranoid Wrote:  I see Il is one of the few states to have passed a Homeless Bill of Rights.  I wonder if you can leverage that somehow by identifying yourself as a "homeless Il Resident living in her vehicle"?

http://www.chicagohomeless.org/illinois-becomes-2nd-state-to-enact-a-homeless-bill-of-rights/

I used to be a caseworker/clinician for homeless folks, if I'm willing to sign in at a shelter, I can get a letter using it as my address.  Easy on the surface, but it involves entering "the system", they'd have access to my banking info and all sorts of other things... they frown on you using their facilities if you have resources elsewhere.


RE: Address/mail issues in Illinois - Queen - 01-05-2017

(01-05-2017, 12:48 PM)BobBski Wrote:  I never asked that question, just used the UPS address and instead of saying box number I used the term Apt #.  You can also use a friends or relatives address for a physical address and still use the UPS address as your mailing address.   I still have to go back to Ohio when I need a new DL but tags and registration are done my mail to UPS mailing address.

Think that's the route we will end up going, but not having a physical address we can use is causing the hitch.  Our closest friends are selling their place and hitting the road, we've no family we're close enough to, and other acquaintances have said they'd rather not.  Guess folks are still ticked at us for not playing by the rules and staying in the system.


RE: Address/mail issues in Illinois - ArtW - 01-06-2017

or since thy're 'acquaintances' instead of close friends, they're afraid that, if you crash on your nomadic lifestyle, you'll use the fact that you're legally a resident of that address, to show up on their doorstep, bags in hand, saying 'Hi, we're moving in now'
I dunno about Illinois, but in my state that would be a real possibility, and they'd have to go through formal eviction proceedings if they didn't want you as 'roomies'


RE: Address/mail issues in Illinois - Queen - 01-06-2017

Heard back from the state, guess you just have to move around outside their rules if you want to be nomadic.  Jerks.

Unfortunately, there are no options.  You must have a permanent Illinois address to obtain a driver’s license.


RE: Address/mail issues in Illinois - Optimistic Paranoid - 01-06-2017

Here in NY, I can give them both my physical residence address, and a separate mailing address, and they will send all correspondence to the mailing address.  Nothing like that in Il?  If there were, I would just give them your current residence as my physical and get a mailbox with a mil forwarding service and have them send all your mail there.


RE: Address/mail issues in Illinois - Queen - 01-06-2017

(01-06-2017, 12:32 PM)Optimistic Paranoid Wrote:  Here in NY, I can give them both my physical residence address, and a separate mailing address, and they will send all correspondence to the mailing address.  Nothing like that in Il?  If there were, I would just give them your current residence as my physical and get a mailbox with a mil forwarding service and have them send all your mail there.

IL was one of the last to adopt Real ID and like everything else the state does, it goes far overboard.  A friend of mine had used a mail forwarding service for ten years because she's a professor who travels all the time, state said address on DL/vehicle registration much match mortgage/lease/utility bills, so she had to change her license to match it when she renewed.  She wanted to use her office and they said no to that as well.

We'll just not bother changing anything when we go, just to a change of address with the post office and send our mail to the UPS forwarding service.