Relocating to a different state takes organization and planning. Establishing residency in Georgia involves finding a place to live and transferring all of your information to the state of Georgia. Once you do this, you become an official resident. If you’re a student looking to qualify for in-state tuition, you must be a resident for at least 12 months before the start of classes. Becoming a Georgia resident may feel overwhelming, but below is a step by step guide. You’ll be a Georgia resident in no time!
The First Steps
Once you find a place to live in Georgia and start getting settled you’ll need to begin establishing official residency. This means transferring all of your information to Georgia and becoming a resident. Open a bank account and transfer your money from your current state to Georgia. Establish utilities in your name and complete an official address change with the United States Post Office. Gather all supportive documents and keep them in the same place. All of these documents help prove permanent residency.
Driver’s License and ID
Within 30 days of moving to Georgia, transfer your driver’s license and state identification card. Visit the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services and schedule an appointment. Bring your birth certificate, passport or immigration card to prove your identity and your lease agreement or a utility bill to prove that you now live in Georgia. You’ll surrender your current driver’s license and state ID and receive a temporary Georgia license and ID. Your permanent license and ID will arrive in the mail within a few weeks.
Register to Vote
Once you receive your ID, register to vote in Georgia. Download an application online or visit your local election office, public library or other government office for a mail-in form. It can take about three to four weeks to process your application. To register to vote you will need to be at least 18 years of age and prove what Georgia county you’re a resident of.
If you have a car, transfer your car insurance to the State of Georgia. Once you have proof of insurance and a Georgia driver’s license you can register your vehicle with the state. The Georgia Motor Vehicle Division handles this process. Complete a vehicle registration application. To register you must bring proof of ownership of your car. An out-of-state title, lienholder information, or your current registration certification are examples of proof of ownership.
There’s a lot going on at once when you move to a new state. While you’re busy packing the car or scheduling your flight, it can be easy to overlook some of the most important steps.
If you’re a new or soon-to-be Georgia resident, why not let us help? Watch the video below and check out our Popular Topic to make sure your checklist is complete so you can settle into your new home.
Do you have any questions or comments on becoming a Georgia resident? Please let us know!
- Georgia.gov: Moving to Georgia
- Secretary of State Georgia: Register to Vote
- Secretary of State: Car Registration in Georgia
- Georgia Student Finance Comission: Georgia Residency Requirements
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