How I registered my car as a nomad without a physical address.

Updated: Jun 8, 2019

Hey Hun,

Today I am writing to tell you how I was able to get Tortue registered for five years without a physical address.

As a full time nomadic van dweller, I rely on my vehicle as not only my sole mode of transport, but also as my full time living quarters. This makes keeping the tags valid, one of the most important things I could up there with breathing. So when my tags expired I knew that I didn't want to continue to register in California. While it is my current temporary home base, I don't consider any one place to be my home. This being the case I had a little more flexibility than most when it came to figuring out where I would spend the money to keep my car legal.

Going to Arizona for this task was almost a no-brainer for me. I lived there for a few months when I first left home to start van life, so I knew that they allowed for 5 year registration. Since I currently meander around the southwest it was just a hop, skip, and a jump over to Arizona where I decided to register.

First, the basics

What you need to register your vehicle:

Identification card

Title from current state of registration


Mailing address

Got all of those? Great! This is where it gets a little bit tricky...

Physical Address

During my first attempt to register I was told that my ups mailing address was not sufficient for use as a physical address. This left me a bit discouraged as I just knew I had outsmarted them with my clever real address scheme. Much to my dismay I was sorely mistaken. Never to fear however, Arizona, being the snowbird state that it is, had a solution for that. I was informed by a wonderful MVD clerk that BLM land was allowed as a physical address as it was seen as tribal land.

Here's what you need

Site name

Highway number

Mile marker

City, State Zip-code

That's it.

Wait! Where do I find BLM land?

I love the app. It list all the nearby campsites and all you really have to do from there is punch it into your gps, and Robert's your mothers brother!

Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

Now all that's left is to choose your license plate, and whether you want one year or five years and you're all set.

I took advantage of the five year allowance because responsibility is the bane of my existence, but I love that they have both options available for people who just can't commit. (Guilty)

Thanks for reading, I hope this helped,

Later Hun