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January 14, 2019

Getting Your Documents Together for a Move to Austin

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Documents for MovingMoving either nearby or across the country takes a lot of coordination along with organization, and a lot of people neglect to gather the appropriate paperwork ahead of time. Here is a brief reference guideline on the various necessary documents that you'll need regardless of whether moving local or orchestrating a long-distance move to Austin.

Let's be honest, it is not like you need a passport and a work visa to transfer over the state line, however when you have assembled all your life documents together to cross the border those are about the only important documents you do not need. And the way our brains operate, you might be ready to need all of this paperwork for a cross-country move, but in the event that your move is geographically local--from Memphis merely across the river into a Mississippi or Arkansas suburb, for instance, it may come as a surprise that you need all those docs.

Below are files you're going to probably have to keep convenient when moving, and the way to get them if they have expired or you have lost them.

Driver's License

Even though driver's licenses won't be good for federal identity for much longer, you still must have a current one--you ought to have it anyway, however if it expired a couple of weeks or maybe months before and you thought as you are moving why make an effort, go make the effort. If you must check in at the airport, reserve an automobile, open up a bank account, or conduct life generally speaking, you should have an up-to-date driver's license to do so. Should you be in a state in which you can't get your driver's license via the area Tag Agency same day, inquire about a paper copy of the new license to utilize ahead of the printed version coming in the mail; this can be adequate identification for around three weeks.


Should you be moving for a new job, the probability is very good that you'll need to prove US citizenship before starting. You can renew it by mail if you meet particular factors--your name has not changed, your last one had been issued no more than fifteen years back, you were at least 16 at that time, amongst others--but otherwise, you should apply for a new one in person. You may ask for an expedited passport if needed but expect you'll spend an additional $60 or so.

Birth Certificate(s)

You will want a copy for everybody within your household for your move to Austin. If you can't place your hands upon them and you live in the county or parish where they happened to be distributed, a simple stop by at the county offices will take care of it. If perhaps you were born in another place, apply for the reproduction via that location. Every place is different, therefore consider an internet investigation pertaining to the county records the place you were born to determine the exact instructions to acquire a certified reproduction of your birth certificate. There is usually a minimal fee involved.

Marriage License

Should you need a duplicate, observe the same procedure you would for the birth certificate. A family Bible or document from your religious organization isn't a suitable legal document.

Social Security Card(s)

Everyone in your family needs to have a social security number in addition to a card; if you cannot put your hands on the cards you're going to need to get replacements at the earliest opportunity. You can start the job online, and mail in the supporting documents, or you can visit the nearest Social Security Administration office with the papers. Copies--even notarized ones--are not adequate. You need to have photo ID and proof of citizenship, so bring a current driver's license and / or passport, school, employee, or armed service identification card, or a medical health insurance card.

Vehicle Registration

You are going to need to register your cars in the new community and state, therefore bring your current registration cards as well as verification of insurance protection to the nearby DMV as quickly as possible after your move to Austin. Within a different state you'll receive a whole new license plate and tag; in case your move was within the same state your current license plate and tag are fine, but your insurance charges might change.

Health and Shot Documents

If you have young ones, their new schools will need proof of immunization in advance of registration. Possessing replications of all family healthcare records can help when you've got initial appointments with new health professionals.

Get all your documents together as quickly as you can in advance of your move to Austin and keep them together. Considering that you need to have original documents of most items, just put all the things within a file folder and keep it in hand or in a safe and secure location during the actual move--this is one thing you don't want to misplace.

When you're ready to move to Austin, let A-1 Freeman Moving Group help. Speak to us today to schedule your zero cost in-home estimate.


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