Making a major move to a new state has tons of details to keep track of throughout the entire process. The to-do list doesn’t end with unloading your belongings at your new home. There are a few things you’ll want to prepare for ahead of time or tasks to plan time for when you get here. We’ve got a handy checklist right here for you to make it easier.
- Get your South Carolina Driver’s License or REAL ID. We list this step first because taking care of this task first makes some other tasks much easier. REAL ID is now available in South Carolina. What you’ll need to bring with you (certified copies or original documents required): Proof of identity, date of birth and U.S. citizenship (usually all three are covered by a birth certificate), Social Security card, proof of SC vehicle insurance and two bills or official pieces of mail to prove physical residence.
- Get South Carolina license plates for your vehicle. You have only 45 days from the day you arrive in South Carolina to transfer your vehicle registration from your old state to SC. Failure to do so will cost you in the form of fees and fines. The first step to registering your vehicle in SC is to pay personal property taxes on the vehicle at your county treasurer’s office. Take the official original receipt from your property tax payment, your SC driver’s license/REAL ID (see first item in the checklist), filled out title application, registration and title documents from your previous state, proof of SC vehicle insurance, $250 Infrastructure Maintenance Fee (only pay this one time when first registering vehicle in SC) and the money for title and registration fees to the Department of Motor Vehicles to complete your vehicle registration and get your SC license plates.
- Set up account and start date with utility company. It’s a good idea to take care of this prior to your move-in date as many local utility companies require an up-front deposit from new residents to start service. Deposits are typically between $200 to $400 and are credited to your account or released back to you after 13 consecutive paid months of service. Depending on whether you’ll be moving to a single-family house or condo/townhome, you might need to also set up water and trash services as well.
- Register children for school. Many schools begin registrations before the end of the previous school year. Check with your realtor on which schools are assigned for the children in your area.
- Register to vote. To review options for voter registration and required documents, see www.scvotes.org.
- Register yourself and your children for an ocean and beach safety class. This is very important if it will be your first time living in a coastal area. This class teaches common safety issues and beach awareness. Topics covered often include understanding advisories and swimming restrictions, jellyfish safety, recognizing/escaping riptides and keeping beaches safe for local wildlife, such as sea turtles.
- Attend a hurricane preparedness class or seminar. Hurricane season is June through November. It’s important to know your evacuation zone, how evacuation routes work if evacuation is ordered, your nearest evacuation route and closest hurricane shelters. While beach life is relaxed most of the time, living on the coast means being prepared for tropical storms and hurricanes. Most classes also provide a checklist of items you should have stocked in your hurricane supplies should a storm knock out power.
Keeping these items on your moving-to-Myrtle-Beach-checklist will ensure you check them off in a timely manner and get settled smoothly in your new Myrtle Beach home. Moving to a new state can be overwhelming, but we hope we’ve made getting set up in South Carolina a little simpler for you.