Ohio Movers & Information about Moving to Ohio
Congratulations on deciding to move to Ohio! Although Ohio is only the 34th state by land mass, you may be surprised to learn that it is the 7th most populous. This, of course, is good news, because it means that moving to Ohio is entirely achievable (and may even be enjoyable!). To help streamline the process, I've put together some information about Ohio movers and general guidelines that may differentiate Ohio from your previous home. I hope you have a successful and stress free move!
Choosing Ohio Movers
Choosing the right Ohio movers is probably the most obvious requirement for moving to the Buckeye State. The best way to start your search is to narrow down your options by looking for Ohio moving companies certified by the Ohio Association of Movers (OAM), an organization that certifies movers who have pledged and proven to maintain the highest ethical standards and business practices during each move. You can cross-reference this list of Ohio moving companies with the list provided by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to ensure that you're hiring trustworthy Ohio movers. Don't hesitate to get quotes from several Ohio moving companies so that you can explore all of your options and make an informed decision.
Driving Regulations and Licensing
According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, you are obligated to request an Ohio driver's license as soon as possible once you become an Ohio resident. Exactly what 'as soon as possible' means is not clear. Residency can be proven by signing a lease, registering children in school, registering to vote or accepting a job in Ohio. You will need to take a written test about Ohio's motor vehicle laws as well as an eye exam in order to receive an Ohio driver's license. You will also need to provide acceptable identification such as a birth certificate or passport. Drivers under the age of 18 must appear with a cosigner.
If you are transferring the title of your car to Ohio, you will also need to have the car inspected, and to complete the necessary paperwork. You will also need to pay the requisite fees, which is $35 for most non-commercial vehicles.
Marriage Rules and Regulations
As is the case in most states, you need not move to Ohio in order to get married there. However, you must file for a marriage license in the county in which the wedding ceremony will take place. Unlike states such as Colorado which allow marriage by proxy, Ohio law mandates that both husband and wife be present at the wedding ceremony. Same-sex marriage is not currently permitted in the state of Ohio. Although marriage to cousins is permitted in some states (such as Florida), cousin marriages are not currently permitted in Ohio. Common law marriages are also prohibited (unless they began before 1991).
There is no mandatory waiting period between the time you apply for an Ohio marriage license and the time you wish to get married. You should be aware, however, that Ohio marriage licenses are only valid for 60 days.
Inter-state Transportation to Ohio
In addition to dozens of private and cargo airports, Ohio has 3 large international airports and 3 airports that operate commercial airlines throughout the United States. Despite convenient access by air, Ohio's rail access is considerably lacking. Amtrak services only Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati, though Columbus and Dayton, some of the state's largest cities, are not accessible by rail. Fortunately, Ohio does have access to 24 interstate highways, as well as a central location in the Midwest, so that if you are moving to Ohio from the Midwest or the East Coast, you should have no trouble driving directly to Ohio.