Looking back over my twisting path towards adulting the right way, it makes me a bit angry that there aren’t many options of getting better prepared. I’ll forever be angry at my high school for not having a mandatory class like “How to do your taxes” instead of forcing me to run laps around the school. Or a class like “How to keep track of your credit score” instead of sewing one pillow case in sewing class. Better yet, a class that talks about “What to do when you move to a different state” because man, I wasn’t prepared for all the stuff I had to do.
Moving isn’t as simple or glamorous as most people make it seem, by people I mean books, movies, comics, and all the like. Moving is so complicated and there are SO many steps. I had this rose colored vision in my mind that we’d move down here, giggle while unpacking, trounce around the neighborhood petting random animals, and galavant around getting to know the area. While all of these things did occur, what I wasn’t prepared for was the hassle of getting to resident status.
Did you know there are actual time limits for getting your out of state car registered? Do you know that sometimes you need to transfer titles? Do you even know what a title is? Do you know there is a time limit for getting a new license? I didn’t know anything until I sat at the Driver License Center for three hours, got up to the window all ready to get a license, and then got told “Oh no, honey, you need to do this, this, and this first….oh and it’s going to be somewhat expensive.” WHAT?! Well I mean, she was a lot nicer than that, but that was the gist of what happened.
Needless to say, moving is actually really expensive and requires an immense amount of patience and driving back and forth between different branches of the local government. (wheeze) All in all I think we’ve spent nine hours sitting in waiting rooms and we still aren’t out of the woods yet. (I expect another 3 or so in the near future)
Each state has there own laws and they are all different. Knowing what you need to do before going somewhere can knock at least 3 hours off your waiting times, so you don’t try do the last step first.
I’m not saying “don’t move” or “don’t follow your dreams”, I’m just saying. Be prepared. Know everything you need to do, the time limits, and write up a to-do list or mark days off in your calendar and don’t expect you can do multiple things in one day if the trip involves a government office. (Unless you are moving to a small town in which case you could probably do everything in one day) Also, don’t forget you are going to need all new doctors and you’ll need to figure out a new garage to take your car to and where the nearest good grocery store is and…..I’m sure there is another and, I just can’t think of it right now.
Moving isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t cheap…but it’s worth it.