Hey Glenn, spent ages reading your blogs and was really interested by your articles on free sleeping, it certainly seems like an interesting way to live. As you seem to be doing it successfully I just wondered about how you get around the fact that if you want to hire a car for example or have a bank account, many organizations require one to be a homeowner or have a permanent place of residence. Or is this less of a problem in the States as opposed to England?You'd think it would be a problem, but I rarely have to give a residential address for anything. My Post Office box works for almost everything. Whenever I need a non-PO box address, I use my parents' address in Massachusetts. Unless you have burned all your bridges, there is always some a relative or friend with a residential address who will let you claim it as "home" for occasional mailing. However, the only time I have used my parents' address is for manufacturer's rebates that say "No P.O. Boxes."
When you sign up for a PO Box, you have to show identification and give a residential address, but the address can be out of state, and they certainly don't verify it.
I recall that you also have to give a local residential address when you apply for a Nevada driver's license, but there is no attempt to verify it, and there is a space on the form for an alternate address where your mail should go. (I think the state is more concerned about you living in the state and not applying for a license than not living here and applying.) I have since changed my only address to be the PO Box, and that's the one that appears on my license. (I know, I was also surprised that they accepted it!)
I successfully applied for TSA airport security clearance without a permanent residential address, just the PO Box. They wanted to know all of my prior addresses, but I didn't lie on the form in any way.
The only time I had to fudge my address is when applying for health insurance through my employer. The insurance company needed my local residential address, and since Las Vegas is where I wanted the services, it couldn't be the Massachusetts address. In this case, I simply asked a friend if I could use his address. The application form also provided a separate mailing address where I put my PO box, and my friend in fact never received any mail from the insurance company.
Your cellphone, of course, is place-independent. Your area code is determined by the location of the office that you first walked into, but thereafter you can keep the same number for life (as long as you pay the bill).
As far as the taxman is concerned, I live in Nevada, which happens to have no state income taxes. (Nevada is still my residence more than anywhere else.)
It may be different in the U.K., but here in the states there just isn't any legal or financial need to have a permanent residential address.