How to Become a Citizen of Connecticut

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Make a clean break with your old state.
Make a clean break with your old state. (Image: Hulton Collection/Valueline/Getty Images)

Every American, whether born in the United States or naturalized, has the right as a U.S. citizen to move to and live in any of the 50 states. However, it is usually necessary to establish residency in a state in order to obtain or transfer a driver's license, file for divorce, files taxes, or qualify for in-state university tuition or financial aid. In Connecticut and other states, residency requirements vary depending on agency or purpose. The best way to establish residency in a new state is to sever all formal ties with your old state.

Things You'll Need

  • Deed of sale for primary residence in former state
  • Fixed and permanent new address in Connecticut
  • Proof of employment or other income source in Connecticut
  • Connecticut driver's license
  • Connecticut vehicle registration
  • Connecticut voter registration

Severing Ties With Your Former State

Sell your primary residence, if you have one. If you rent your home, provide formal notice of your intent to leave and the date you intend to vacate.

A deed of sale proves you do not have a primary residence in another state.
A deed of sale proves you do not have a primary residence in another state. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Move, sell, discard or donate all personal possessions. Do not leave behind anything from your former home.

A yard sale is a good way to get rid of personal items you are not moving to your new home.
A yard sale is a good way to get rid of personal items you are not moving to your new home. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Open a bank account in your new local community and arrange to have your paychecks directly deposited into your new account.

Having an account in a local bank helps establish residency in your new community.
Having an account in a local bank helps establish residency in your new community. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Get a Connecticut driver's license. You can convert an out-of-state driver's license and/or vehicle registration if they are current or expired for less than 60 days, and if you apply at the Department of Motor Vehicles within 30 days of your move to Connecticut. You will need to show proof that you have car insurance to convert or apply for new registration.

Nothing says "Connecticut resident" better than a Connecticut driver's license.
Nothing says "Connecticut resident" better than a Connecticut driver's license. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Register to vote in Connecticut. One of the easiest ways to do this is at the Department of Motor Vehicles, when you get your Connecticut driver's license. Voter registration forms are also available at public libraries, at state universities and some private universities and at public social services agencies such as Medicaid and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Registering to vote in Connecticut establishes residence and fulfills a civic obligation.
Registering to vote in Connecticut establishes residence and fulfills a civic obligation. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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