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Moving to Alabama

If you decided to make Alabama your new home for the future, before moving there, you must first get familiar with the culture, people, environment and other life areas in order to secure an effortless moving experience for you and your family. In addition, you must check if Alabama offers everything you need in terms of job choices for you to support yourself and your family financially. Next, you must get acquainted with the state taxes, decide whether you want to register to vote and obtain an AL drivers license and car tags. If you are looking to retire, you must also look into suitable communities and locations and then make a decision.

Finding Employment in Alabama

If you recently moved to AL and are looking for a job, your first destination is the Alabama JobLink website where you can find information on everything job-related ranging from postings, career planning and training to fairs and events. Using this service is free of charge and you can browse through a long list of job postings to find the one that suits you. Both jobseekers and employers must create a profile in order to view or apply for a job, or to post an opening, respectively.

Get an AL Drivers License and Auto Tag

If you own a car and would like to drive it in AL, you transfer your out-of-state drivers license with the state Law Enforcement Agency. To initiate the procedure, you must submit the following documents to your local drivers license office:

  • Your out-of-state drivers license
  • A Social Security Card
  • Proof of age and identity (birth certificate, ID card, passport, certificate of citizenship or naturalization)
  • Paid fees ($36.25 for license purchase and $5 transfer fee)
  • Proof of current enrollment in school or proof of graduation (applicable if you are 19 or younger)

Note: When moving to AL and before applying for vehicle-related documents, make sure to notify the AL Department of Revenue and the AL Law Enforcement Agency of your change of address.

Other Important Things to Consider

Although there are already a lot of items on your moving list, there are a few more important ones you should take care of before you finally settle in AL. First, you must file for a State Income Tax with the Department of Revenue if you receive your earnings in AL. If you would like to be eligible to vote in the state, you must register as a voter with the Secretary of State. Finally, if your reason for moving is retirement, you can find the best planned communities by visiting the Alabama Advantage website where you can browse through communities for:

  • Coastal living.
  • Lake living.
  • Mountain living.
  • Golf course living.
  • City living.
  • Luxury RV living.

Once you choose your preference, you can choose from the various areas and locations to retire to and enjoy your new quality of life.