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January 14, 2019

Getting Your Documents Together for a Move to Atlanta

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Documents for MovingMoving either close by or a fair distance demands a great deal of coordination along with organization, and a lot of people fail to round up the appropriate records beforehand. Here is a short resource guideline regarding the various valuable documents that you will need no matter whether moving local or setting up a long-distance move to Atlanta.

Let's face it, it's not like you have to have a passport and a work visa to relocate over the state line, but when you've gathered all of your life records together to cross the border those are roughly the only items you don't need. And the way our minds function, you'd be ready to need all of this documentation for a cross-country move, but in the event that your move is geographically nearby--from Memphis only over the river into a Mississippi or Arkansas suburb, for instance, it can come as a surprise that you need the many files.

These are the records you're going to more than likely want to keep handy when moving, and approaches to obtain them if they've expired or you have lost your original copies.

Driver's License

Regardless that driver's licenses are not suitable for federal identity for much longer, you'll still have to have a current one--you ought to have it regardless, however if it expired a couple weeks or even a long time ago and you thought since you're moving why bother, go make the effort. When you have to check in at the airport, reserve an automobile, open a bank account, or do life generally speaking, you have to have an up-to-date driver's license to do so. In case you are in a state in which you are unable to get a driver's license through the local Tag Agency same day, request a paper back up of the new driver's license to use in front of the printed version showing up in the mailbox; that is suitable ID for a couple of weeks.


Should you be moving for a new position, the probability is very good that you'll need to document US citizenship prior to getting started. You can renew it by mail when you fulfill specified criteria--your name has not changed, your previous one had been issued no more than fifteen years in the past, you were no less than sixteen at the time, among others--however otherwise, you will need to apply for a new one in person. You may apply for an expedited passport if needed but be ready to spend an extra $60 or so.

Birth Certificate(s)

You will need a copy for everyone within your family for your move to Atlanta. If you're unable to put your hands on the originals and you reside in the area or parish whereby they were issued, a simple visit to the county offices will handle it. If perhaps you were born anywhere else, obtain the copy through that place. Every location is different, therefore try an internet lookup pertaining to the county records the place you were born to determine the specific details to obtain a certified copy of your certificate of a birth. There is generally a nominal charge involved.

Marriage License

Should you need a reproduction, follow the same process you would with the birth certificate. A family Bible or document from the religious organization isn't a suitable legal document.

Social Security Card(s)

Everyone in your family needs a social security number as well as a card; if you can't put your hands on them you will need to get replacements as soon as possible. You can begin the task online, and mail in the supporting records, or you can go to the local Social Security Administration office with your papers. Copies--even notarized ones--won't be satisfactory. You need to have picture ID as well as proof of citizenship, therefore take an active driver's license or passport, school, employee, or armed service ID card, or a medical health insurance card.

Automobile Registration

You are going to need to register your motor vehicles in the new town and state, therefore bring your latest registration cards along with proof of insurance coverage to the local motor vehicles office as quickly as possible following your move to Atlanta. In a different state you'll get a whole new license plate and tag; if the move was intrastate your license plate and tag are acceptable, but your insurance costs may change.

Health and Shot Reports

Should you have children, their new schools will require evidence of immunization prior to enrollment. Having duplicates of the many family medical files helps when you've got initial appointments with new health professionals.

Get all your documents together as soon as you can in front of your move to Atlanta and keep them together. Since you will need original documents of most items, just put everything in a file folder and keep it in hand or in a safe and secure spot during the actual move--this is something you don't want to misplace.

If you are ready to move to Atlanta, let A-1 Freeman Moving Group assist. Get in touch with us right now to schedule your free in-home estimate.


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