If you’re moving to Utah, congratulations! This friendly state is filled with natural beauty, a great job climate, plenty of cultural opportunities, and a competitive cost of living.
A move can be a big change and may leave you feeling overwhelmed. But remember that it is crucial to not let any important tasks be forgotten after you reach your destination. This Utah moving checklist will help ensure you get everything done so you can enjoy your new residence:
Get a Utah driver’s license
If you’re a new resident of the state, you’ll need to change your out-of-state license to a Utah one through the Utah Department of Public Safety. This should be one of the first things to accomplish on your Utah moving checklist. There’s no grace period for getting this done since if you’re a resident of the state, you need to have a valid Utah license if you’re driving.
Register your vehicles in Utah
An important step in your Utah moving checklist is registering your vehicles in the state through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). That’s because as a new resident, you have 60 days to transfer any titles and registrations for your vehicles. Make sure you have your existing title and your vehicle or vehicles’ most recent registration. If you live in certain counties (Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber, and Cache), your vehicle may need to pass an emissions test if it’s greater than six years old.
Finally, vehicles that are titled or registered in the state for the first time will have to pass a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection. Fortunately, this can be completed at the DMV when you’re registering your vehicle. If you need extra time to get this all done, you can pay $6 for a temporary 15-day permit.
Set up your power service
You’ll need to set up electricity in your new home as part of your Utah moving checklist. You’ll probably need to contact Rocky Mountain Power, which serves most of the state. Start by setting up an online account. You’ll need to have your Social Security number, driver’s license number, or an alternative ID like a passport or visa. For customer service help, call 1-888-221-7070, and for assistance setting up an online account, call 1-800-538-4228.
Some areas of the state receive electricity from rural electric cooperatives, which are listed here.
Start natural gas service if you need it
If your home uses natural gas, apply online for new service with Dominion Energy. For help or if you haven’t received a confirmation of your application after two business days, call 1-800-323-5517.
Set up Internet service
To get that all-important Internet service, check out the many companies that serve Utah. This site also lets you look for plans according to the area of the state you’ll be living in. You can also compare prices, speed, and customer satisfaction, so visiting it will help with your Utah moving checklist.
Register to vote
To have your voice heard in national as well as local and state elections, don’t forget to register to vote in Utah as part of your Utah moving checklist. This should be done after you get a driver’s license in the state if you want to register online to vote since your address must match the address on file with the Driver License Division.
Complete any needed school registration
If you have kids that attend school, it’s important to complete their registration for your local public or private school as part of your Utah moving checklist. You should have your child or children’s original birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence (such as a mortgage statement or utility bill).
Check out the state’s recreational destinations
Utah is blessed to have abundant natural beauty. Because of this, you should visit your local county’s website to learn about what there is to see and do in your area. In addition, visit the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website to learn about state parks.
Meet your new neighbors
It’s easy to pass by your neighbors with just a wave or a nod but your Utah moving checklist should include making the time to introduce yourself shortly after moving in. Chances are good that they’ve wondered who’s moving in close to them, so they’ll welcome the chance to meet you. For a conversation starter, ask about any local restaurants, doctors, or other locations and services they recommend to find new places to visit as part of your Utah moving checklist.
Contact us today to learn more about your Utah moving checklist and get help with making your move go smoothly.