A Guide to Oregon Movers & Moving to Oregon

Whether you're moving to Oregon to be closer to family, to start a new job or to get married, you hopefully have a lot to look forward to. But in addition to looking forward to the obvious excitement, you should also anticipate the technical requirements that you'll need to satisfy in order to integrate fully as a resident of Oregon. From registering to vote to registering your vehicle, you've probably got enough paperwork ahead of you to last for the rest of the year. The good news is that with a bit of advance planning, the technical aspects of moving to Oregon will proceed quickly and smoothly so that you can return to focusing on the pleasures of your new state in no time.

Choosing Oregon Movers

The first thing you must do to ensure a successful move to Oregon is to find trustworthy Oregon movers. Fortunately, finding an Oregon mover is easier than finding a mover in most other states, because Oregon has a recognized Oregon Moving & Storage Association that monitors the behavior of its members to ensure the utmost in professionalism and reliability. You can also research Oregon movers through the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find responsible Oregon moving companies. Take the time to do research about your favorite Oregon movers and make sure that you know enough about the company and its policies before signing a contract. This is the best way to ensure that you won't get swindled by a dishonest Oregon moving company.

Driving Regulations and Licensing

The process of obtaining an Oregon driver's license is similar to requesting a license elsewhere in the country. Unlike in Hawaii, where state residency is not required in order to obtain a license, Oregon law mandates that all applicants for an Oregon driver's license maintain residency in Oregon. Owning property in Oregon is insufficient grounds for obtaining a driver's license. In addition to proving residency, you will be required to:

  • Pass an eye exam
  • Pass a written exam
  • You may be required to take a practical exam, though this requirement is often waived for those who move to Oregon with a valid license from another state
  • Provide proof of your full legal name, birthday and Social Security number (SSN)
  • Be 18 years old or older

Getting Married in Oregon

Unlike applying for a driver's license, you needn't be a resident of Oregon in order to apply for a marriage license. You will, however, still be required to show your ID upon application for a marriage license. Oregon law mandates a 3 day waiting period between receipt of the marriage license and the actual wedding ceremony. Some counties may waive this waiting period if the couple has attended a premarital preparation class. Interesting, Oregon law permits remarriage only 24 hours after a divorce is final. Although gay marriage is currently prohibited in Oregon, homosexual couples can register for domestic partnerships which will afford them many of the privileges that married couples enjoy.

Registering to Vote in Oregon

Although there may not be an election for several months after you move to Oregon, it's worthwhile to register to vote as soon as possible after your move so that you'll be all ready when the next election rolls around. It is important to note that you cannot transfer your right to vote from your previous state to Oregon. Instead, you must register to vote as a resident of Oregon. You will be asked to provide an Oregon driver's license or state-issued ID. If registering by mail you may also need to provide secondary identification such as a utility bill, pay stub or bank statement.

Finally, when moving to Oregon it is important to remember that Oregon has more forest fires annually than any other state. This means that especially if you live in a dry forest area, you must take time to familiarize yourself with forest fire protocol. You will, however, be happy to know that while many parts of Oregon are intensely dry, the state also boasts over 50 rivers and dozens more creeks, so there will plenty of places for you to cool off and spend your leisure time. Enjoy!

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