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rtjcbrown
03-09-2005, 03:07 PM
Just wanted to know what are the requirements to qualify for Florida resident rates? I live in NJ now, but I own a townhouse in Naples that is under construction. I have an address there. Is this good enough? What kind of proof would I need? Thanks for any help! :confused3

Shells9
03-09-2005, 03:08 PM
I believe you need a state issued ID/drivers's license or I've heard you can use a utility bill.....

stingmom
03-09-2005, 03:08 PM
Must present a VALID proof of Florida residency at check-in.

cranbiz
03-09-2005, 03:09 PM
You need a FL ID or a FL driver license with a FL address on it. College ID's with a FL address is also acceptable.

dcibrando
03-09-2005, 03:09 PM
what happens if I am staying with a Florida resident in a resort and I check in before they get there???

Fokus17
03-09-2005, 03:10 PM
But do you live in FL? PLease lets not try and cheat the system. That hurts us all. Utility Bill is no longer accepted.

stingmom
03-09-2005, 03:10 PM
you won't get the Florida rate....better to wait for the Florida ID holder.

rtjcbrown
03-09-2005, 03:11 PM
I am not trying to cheat the system, but rather trying to find out the requirements. I will abide by any rules........if I can find them.

jel0511
03-09-2005, 03:15 PM
Owning a timeshare in FL is not enough to qualify as a Florida Resident, as you can't obtain a Florida driver's license with owning a timeshare in FL. If you read your timeshare documents, it will clearly state that owning this timeshare DOES NOT entitle you to become a resident of FL. It's pretty standard language in all timeshares that are in Florida, as it is a requirement of the state of Florida.

cra-z-4-dizney
03-09-2005, 03:18 PM
Owning a timeshare in FL is not enough to qualify as a Florida Resident, as you can't obtain a Florida driver's license with owning a timeshare in FL. If you read your timeshare documents, it will clearly state that owning this timeshare DOES NOT entitle you to become a resident of FL. It's pretty standard language in all timeshares that are in Florida, as it is a requirement of the state of Florida.

I don't think the OP has a timeshare but an actual townhouse being built.

jel0511
03-09-2005, 03:20 PM
I don't think the OP has a timeshare but an actual townhouse being built.
You're right, I mis-read his post.... Well, if he is building a townhouse, the only way to obtain the FL resident discount is for him to change his drivers lisence over to FL. Disney only accepts state issued photo ID as proof you're a Florida Resident. Unless of course you're a college student, then your FL college/university ID is all you need.

mill4023
03-09-2005, 03:28 PM
You're right, I mis-read his post.... Well, if he is building a townhouse, the only way to obtain the FL resident discount is for him to change his drivers lisence over to FL. Disney only accepts state issued photo ID as proof you're a Florida Resident. Unless of course you're a college student, then your FL college/university ID is all you need.

Hmmm, how much is tuition for one term at a Florida community college?

Just Kidding. ;)

speedyf
03-09-2005, 03:31 PM
Wouldn't the OP be able to get a state issued photo ID card with his/her new address in Naples on it? I thought the requirements were a state issued ID OR a florida driver's license?

speed

Tinkaroo
03-09-2005, 03:44 PM
I've done some preliminary research on this, as my parents are getting ready to own a house in Florida.

According to the Disney Florida Resident website, you must have a valid Florida Driver's License, Florida ID, FL Voter Registration Card, FL valid college ID, and FL military ID. According to the Florida Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website, part-time residents (guess you would need to prove with a utility bill, etc.) can retain their current DL in their home state. However, they can get a FL driver's license that will state "valid in Florida only." Here's the link: http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ddl/4

Now, we haven't done anything but just research up to this point - have no idea if it works. But if you own legitimate property (not a timeshare) in FL, it stands to reason that it should work.

BuckNaked
03-09-2005, 04:12 PM
You need a FL ID or a FL driver license with a FL address on it. College ID's with a FL address is also acceptable.


Per Disney's web site, the FL driver's license does not have to have a FL address on it, but the FL ID card does need to have a FL address.

But do you live in FL? PLease lets not try and cheat the system.

I don't think the OP is trying to cheat the system, but rather trying to get an answer to a valid question. Being a legal resident and actually living in the state are two different things, and Disney recognizes this. I haven't lived in the state for more than 18 years (military), but I am still recognized as a legal FL resident. I have a FL driver's license, FL tags and I vote in FL. Please don't assume that people are trying to cheat just because they are asking about the rules related to the FL resident rate.

rtjcbrown
03-09-2005, 05:00 PM
Not a timeshare, it's a second home.......for now. Just wanted to know the rules! Thanks for the info

BuckNaked
03-09-2005, 05:03 PM
Not a timeshare, it's a second home.......for now. Just wanted to know the rules! Thanks for the info

You should PM ducklite here at the DIS. She was building a house in Florida, and I believe that she could tell you about getting the FL resident rates.

Good luck!

cranbiz
03-09-2005, 07:29 PM
I own a house in Deltona but I'm still a MA resident.

In order to get a "valid in Florida only" license, you need to have proof of FL address (mortgage papers, utility bill, lease, etc.), and 2 acceptable forms of ID. A birth certificate, current DL form the list of acceptable states, Social Security card, etc. The FL driver license site gives you what is and is not acceptable. The cost is $20.00. This license let's you keep your current license.

It is best to call for an appointment as they process appointments first and walk-ins when they feel like it. If you can't get an appointment at your nearest office, then try another as some are busier than others.

Once you have your FL license, you are all set as far as Disney goes.

MayGrandGatherings
03-09-2005, 07:51 PM
I just read 18 answers to the posters original question, and I still don't have a clue as to the requirements that Disney requires as proof of residency

:confused3

Luv2Roam
03-09-2005, 08:01 PM
From the Disney web site:
Proof of Residency per adult is required - you must provide any one of the following:
* Florida driver's license
* Florida state-issued ID card (must have Florida address)
* Florida voter's registration card with corresponding picture ID
* A college ID for a Florida college
* Florida-based military ID

ducklite
03-10-2005, 08:48 AM
My situation was different than most. Because we built a custom home, there was a construction loan involved. That means that we immediately became responsible for paying taxes, home owners association dues, and a mortgage, even though what we owned was a plot of dirt at the time. (OUCH!) It also means that I held the deed to the property, even though there wasn't a house on it yet. Given those circumstances, I qualified as a FL resident, even though my house wasn't liveable yet.

I think a lot of it is going to depend on your circumstances. In the case of a townhouse or condo, you're probably not paying taxes or home owners association dues, or even a mortgage yet, as you won't pay anything except a deposit until you take ownership of the completed property. DMV wanted to see the deed, not the sales contract. Once that happens, you'll have no problem establishing "residency". But at this point, I don't think you could do so.

Hope this helps.

Anne

Laugh O. Grams
03-10-2005, 09:17 AM
From the Disney web site:
Proof of Residency per adult is required - you must provide any one of the following:
* Florida driver's license
* Florida state-issued ID card (must have Florida address)
* Florida voter's registration card with corresponding picture ID
* A college ID for a Florida college
* Florida-based military ID
I think, as someone else stated, that you can show a utility bill, with coressponding ID, as well.

ducklite
03-10-2005, 10:21 AM
I think, as someone else stated, that you can show a utility bill, with coressponding ID, as well.

I think they've changed that over the past year. Moot point anyhow, as the OP is in a construction phase and won't have a utility bill yet.

Anne

Gillian
03-10-2005, 10:24 AM
Someone else said they no longer accept utility bills, I think. If they did, I'd be trying to get FL resident rates! Just kidding! It is tempting to try & cheat the system, but we wouldn't do it. Instead I just try to convince DH to move to FL to be near his brother. :)

Anne sounds like she gave you the last piece of this puzzle - until you close on your townhouse and get a deed, you won't be able to get a FL ID.

TJA
03-10-2005, 11:36 AM
I don't know if I agree that Disney has cracked down on requirements for FL residency. I say this because for 3 years in a row, we know a family that has used the FL residency rate and they live in NY. They happen to have a relative with the same name that lives in FL, so the said family carries around a utility bill with them but have never ONCE been asked to show any form of proof, not even the utility bill. They are currently in WDW right now, in fact, and got a great FL residency discount -- they even purchased FL residency park tickets. There obviously seems to be a hole in the system. It reminds me of booking an AP rate for a room and never being asked to show proof of an AP at check-in. This will be our 4th trip to WDW with AP's and we've never once been asked to show them. Makes me wonder if people cheat with regard to AP rates too.....

ducklite
03-10-2005, 11:41 AM
They must be getting lucky then.

My DS was given a hard time about getting his FL AP as he didn't have a FL DL, even though I had mine and was with him at the time.

We've found more and more they're cracking down.

They'll be in for a big surprise if they are caught--the hotel bill will go to rack, and their AP's could actually be voided!

Anne

Sammie
03-10-2005, 12:01 PM
I don't know if I agree that Disney has cracked down on requirements for FL residency. I say this because for 3 years in a row, we know a family that has used the FL residency rate and they live in NY. They happen to have a relative with the same name that lives in FL, so the said family carries around a utility bill with them but have never ONCE been asked to show any form of proof, not even the utility bill. They are currently in WDW right now, in fact, and got a great FL residency discount -- they even purchased FL residency park tickets. There obviously seems to be a hole in the system. It reminds me of booking an AP rate for a room and never being asked to show proof of an AP at check-in. This will be our 4th trip to WDW with AP's and we've never once been asked to show them. Makes me wonder if people cheat with regard to AP rates too.....

Well of course they do and they find it all on the Internet as to how to do it and how others do it. :sad2:

TJA
03-10-2005, 12:53 PM
Yes, Anne, you are exactly right that they are simply getting lucky. Must be they are checking in at the exact times when the "lenient" CM's are working. I think if just ONE person would ask them for proof of residency, then the ball would start rolling into motion and they would eventually not dare cheat the system. Unfortunately, not even one person has ever asked them for proof. Unbelievable.

Laugh O. Grams
03-10-2005, 12:59 PM
I don't know if I agree that Disney has cracked down on requirements for FL residency. I say this because for 3 years in a row, we know a family that has used the FL residency rate and they live in NY. They happen to have a relative with the same name that lives in FL, so the said family carries around a utility bill with them but have never ONCE been asked to show any form of proof, not even the utility bill. They are currently in WDW right now, in fact, and got a great FL residency discount -- they even purchased FL residency park tickets.
C'mon Sammie!!!! Let's go find these scofflaws and drag 'em to Disney Security!!! This kind of lawlessness cannot be tolerated and must be destroyed!!!! Are you with me, brother!?!?!? ;)

cjsmith
03-11-2005, 02:48 PM
what happens if I am staying with a Florida resident in a resort and I check in before they get there???


No you can't,you have to wait for the Florida resident. We actually got there prior to family from CA that was meeting us and I had the hardest time making sure they could get into their room without me being there as I wanted to go to a park.

Aidensmom
03-11-2005, 05:02 PM
I don't know if I agree that Disney has cracked down on requirements for FL residency. I say this because for 3 years in a row, we know a family that has used the FL residency rate and they live in NY. They happen to have a relative with the same name that lives in FL, so the said family carries around a utility bill with them but have never ONCE been asked to show any form of proof, not even the utility bill. They are currently in WDW right now, in fact, and got a great FL residency discount -- they even purchased FL residency park tickets. There obviously seems to be a hole in the system. It reminds me of booking an AP rate for a room and never being asked to show proof of an AP at check-in. This will be our 4th trip to WDW with AP's and we've never once been asked to show them. Makes me wonder if people cheat with regard to AP rates too.....

I have been asked for my ID every time, both when checking into resorts and at the park gates.

Luv2Roam
03-11-2005, 05:32 PM
The requirements I posted eariler were direct from Disney, and SHOULD be current.

cranbiz
03-12-2005, 05:36 PM
The Driver License office does not always ask for proof of FL residence, but I would not go there without it. I have been 3 times to the driver license office, 1 with DB (who leased a room in my house) to the Deland office. He did not have an appointment and was waited on well after the official closing of the office. He was not asked for the lease, just the address. DW and I went to the Daytona office , with an appointment, and needed our mortgage papers. I later took DD and DS to Winter Park (with an early appointment) and did not need anything.

The OP should not have any problems as his place is under construction as long as he brings the loan docs showing the address.

Now at Disney, we needed to show our FL ID when purchasing our AP's but since then have only needed it when using our DDE card. YMMV

BuckNaked
03-12-2005, 09:16 PM
I have been asked for my ID every time, both when checking into resorts and at the park gates.

The only time I've ever been asked for my Florida ID was when I purchased the vouchers at SoG and then again when I activated the passes. Other than that, I've never been asked for FL ID at the resort or the gates (once the pass was activated).

cjsmith
03-13-2005, 10:46 AM
For years we didn't get asked for our Fl drivers license and the last few trips the hotels have asked us for it.

TJA
03-13-2005, 03:20 PM
Glad to read some CM's are bearing down more as far as asking for Florida ID. I would think when you check-in at the resort, it would be automatic for the CM to ask for proof of residency as soon as the CM looks at the reservation info and sees a FL resident discount was applied. Same for AP holders -- if a person has booked a reservation with an AP discount, then the CM should retrieve the reservation and automatically ask to see proof of an AP.