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1. Posted by Annaandpeter (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

We are planning to leave our rented accommodation in the near future, and buy a motorhome.
We are struggling with the question of how we apply for passport, etc with no address.
We don't like the idea of using a family member, and how to get our prescriptions every month, mail etc, that's enough for now????

2. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 17 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

On the 1 February 2016, we rented our house (empty) and have been traveling since then. We are now starting our 4 years. We have no fixed address.

When we started our adventures I was still on cancer treatment and had to take medication for another 3 years. We also though about other official documents. I am French and also Canadian and my other half is British so changing my address was not really a good idea as it would be very difficult to get an address changes on my passport without a proof of address.

We thought about what to do and decided to opt for having our mail redirected to a very close friend of us who live in England. Royal Mail allow you to have your mail redirected for a yearly fee. We are still using this option.

For medication we order our prescription on line when via our GP and pick it up at the pharmacy. A couple of time we have asked our GP to provide us with 4 months medication but we usually come back every 3 months in our home town to deal with what we call our admin and health issue. I still have to do check up for cancer and and I receive the appointment by mail being forwarded to our friend address.

My partner in travel had his passport stolen in Chile and and to replace it. In this case we could not have it redirected and had to go to London to pick up the passport.

We are hoping to keep on traveling for another couple of years or until our money runs out.
If you look under our profile of Mad4travel you’ll see that we have been in a lot of different places in the world. We don’t travel via motor home but it works for us.

If you don’t want to ask someone to be your mail box there is also the possibility of having a PO BOX in a town of your choice.
I wish you lots of happy travel and hope to read some of your travels on the site.

Mad4travel

3. Posted by Annaandpeter (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thanks, lots to consider ❤️

[ Edit: Edited on 24-May-2019, at 20:38 by Annaandpeter ]

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 724 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I think you will encounter considerable problems with both taxing and insuring your vehicle if you do not have a permanent address.

The law requires drivers to provide a permanent address for both tax and insurance The address for registration must be the same as that for the insurance. Proof of address can be required e.g. utility bill, Council Tax bill, bank statement, medical card etc.

If you aren't asked to provide proof of address and decide to use e.g. the address of a friend it can be considered deliberate fraud (both by you and by the friend), resulting in e.g. a claim being denied.

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 861 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

How do gypsy type travellers deal with it if they need a permanent address?

6. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 226 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

How do gypsy type travellers deal with it if they need a permanent address?

Good question.... but they operate on either side of the law, which is ALWAYS a possibility, and quite easy to do. Operating on either side of the law is not something most folks care to to deal with though, and for good reason.

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 861 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting road to roam

but they operate on either side of the law.

I'm sure many do break the law, but I know (via a former police office friend) that many are quite legal IRO paperwork like insurance and passports etc.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1014 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

People who live on boats do this all the time, and there are people who are premanent RVers. For boats, there is a boat-centric mail forwarding option. The address of the mail forwarder is your address. (You pay for this of course.) I think there is a state that you can license vehicles in and you don't have to live there.

9. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 861 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I think there is a state that you can license vehicles in and you don't have to live there.

I think it's South Dakota.
I'm not sure which country the OP is based in, but the title suggests they're from the UK as well as travelling in it..

[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2019, at 02:11 by Andrew Mack ]

10. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 724 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

I've certainly assumed they're from the UK and talking about the UK.

> How do gypsy type travellers deal with it if they need a permanent address?

There is a great deal of misunderstanding surrounding travelling communities in the UK (not just 'gypsies' but Irish travellers and fair folk too). UK travelling communities do not move around all year. Almost all communities own their own plots of land to which their vehicles can be registered (assuming there is a structure there which has a postal address) and local authorities are required to provide at least some permanent sites (which have postal addresses).

But the OP is not part of a travelling community (afaik) so how travelling communities register their vehicles is irrelevant.

I have discovered (in the Freedom of Information request below) that the DVLA stated (2012) that they will accept 'care of' addresses for vehicle registration and licensing/taxing:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gypsy_and_traveller_vehicle_owne| (< ERROR: the link title is too long!)

I don't know how straightforward a process this is and doubt it can be done in the usual online way, though I could be wrong.

Insurance is a different matter, of course. Whether a 'care of' address is acceptable entirely down to the individual company and I suspect many won't simply allow it.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2019, at 07:27 by leics2 ]