Florida Residency Requirements, Property Tax and Homestead Exemptions

NOTE: Please consult an attorney for exact procedures to follow. These are guidelines only and are subject to change. Information on this webpage is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed.

How do I become a resident of Florida?

Please refer to the Property Appraiser’s Office web page, which displays the following “Proof of Florida Residency” requirements (www.indian-river.fl.us/government/propappr/hmexemp.html) if applying for homestead exemption:
1. Voter’s registration
• Minimum 18 years old
• U.S. Citizen
• Legal Resident of Florida (by law, you can’t be a registered voter in two places at once)
2. Florida Driver’s License (must have prior to registering a vehicle)
3. Florida Vehicle Registration
4. Current Electrical Receipt for Service in your name prior to January 1
5. Recorded Deed for Property
6. Social Security Number (This requirement for exemption is not a proof of residency)
It further states that all items must be obtained (with the exception of item 6) prior to January 1 of the year for which the exemption is being applied. If a person does not vote, own or drive a car, a declaration of domicile can prove Florida residency.

What Property Tax Exemptions are Available?

• Under the Florida Homestead Exemption law, no municipal or county taxes are levied against the
first $25,000 of valuation of a home occupied by its owners except for special assessments.
• A Veteran who is totally and permanently disabled with a service-connected disability, or any
person who is totally blind, a quadriplegic or a paraplegic may be eligible for other exemptions.
• A $500 widow/widower exemption is available.
• A person 65 or older who meets certain income requirements is eligible to file annually for a $2,500 additional exemption.
Why is it important to file for homestead exemption?
Most residents enjoy the fact that their taxes may not be raised more than 3% per year, effective January 1, 1994 by the authority in Amendment 10.
Please contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at (772) 567-8000, extension 1580 for further details.

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