Moving is never easy—especially if you’re a military service member. It can be an especially daunting experience when you’re moving to a new state. In addition to the regular stresses of moving, you also have to deal with registering your vehicles, finding a new place to live, getting new identification, and getting your belongings across state lines.
Here are the essential steps that military service members need to know when they move to a new state.
Finding a Place To Live
The first order of business when relocating is finding a place to live in your new state. Depending on where you are stationed, the Department of Defense may help you find suitable housing options or provide temporary housing while you search for something more permanent.
However, if you are not near any military bases, then it will be up to you to do your own research and find an area that suits your needs. Keep in mind that many leases require long-term commitments so be sure to read the fine print before signing anything!
Changing Your Address
Once you have found a place in your new state, the next step is changing all of your official documents over to your new address. This includes updating your driver’s license and vehicle registration as well as changing the address on all of your accounts including bank accounts, credit cards and bills.
Additionally, if you are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS), don’t forget that they must be updated with your new address as well.
Will The Military Pay To Move Your Family?
The measures of military families transitioning can be a bit intimidating, and one aspect that often gets overlooked is moving a family. Considering the logistical obstacles posed by long trips and hefty fees, it’s important to think over what services are available in terms of monetary help.
The good news is that the U.S. Department of Defense offers such assistance; if you meet certain criteria, there may be opportunities for reimbursement on certain costs associated with moving households due to Permanent Change of Station (PCS).
It’s worth looking into what might apply for your relocation situation so as not to put yourself in a financial bind.
Registering Your Vehicle
Your first priority should be registering your vehicle(s) in the new state. Each state has its own rules about what needs to be done for registration, so make sure you research the requirements for the new state before you make the move. Generally speaking, though, this is what you will need:
- Proof of identity (like a driver’s license)
- Proof of insurance (in most states)
- The out-of-state title and registration documents (if applicable)
- A completed application form (available at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office)
- Payment for any necessary fees or taxes associated with registration.
Shipping Your Belongings and Vehicles
If you don’t want to drive your car or truck across multiple states, then it may make more sense to ship it. There are several companies that specialize in shipping cars and other large items, such as furniture and appliances.
Make sure that you do your research and compare prices before making any decisions about which company to use. Keep in mind that shipping costs depend on things like distance, size of vehicle/item, and type of delivery service used. Also keep in mind that most companies require payment up front; some even offer discounts for paying by cash or check instead of credit card.
Storing Belongings During The Move
You may find yourself needing short-term storage during the move process as well; luckily there are plenty of options available for storing both vehicles and household items during a long-distance move. You can use self-storage facilities or rent out space from another military family who is already in the area. Just remember that if you do choose self-storage, make sure that it is secure and accessible 24/7—just in case something happens while your belongings are being stored away from home!
Moving can be stressful no matter where–or when–you’re doing it! However, with proper planning and preparation military service members can make their transitions into new states much easier by following these simple steps: researching vehicle registration requirements; considering shipping options; and exploring storage solutions during the transition period. Taking these precautions will help ensure a smooth transition into your new home state.