Your Guide to Washington Movers & Moving to Washington State
Did you know that 60% of Washington State residents live in the area in and around Seattle? Maybe that's because multiple Fortune 500 companies have built offices there or because of the city's charming character. But whether you're moving to the city, the suburbs or a remote mountaintop, you'll probably encounter many of the same challenges – you'll still need to register your car, apply for a driver's license and learn about your new state's tax system. And, of course, you'll still need to find reliable Washington movers who will bring your belongings in a timely fashion without damaging them on the way. This Washington moving guide with help you better understand your new state and will explain the process of how to register yourself as a Washington resident as quickly as possible.
Finding the Right Washington Movers
Moving to Washington State may feel like moving to the end of the earth because it's the northwestern-most state in the continental United States. As a result, if you're moving to Washington, you'll want to make sure that you get a Washington mover that you can trust not to take advantage of your nervousness or to exploit your inexperience. Fortunately, the Washington Movers Association provides credible references for hundreds of Washington moving companies, so that you can feel comfortable with any service you choose. Likewise, you can check with the local branch of the Better Business Bureau to determine if any complaints have been lodged against the Washington movers that you're considering. Keep in mind that even if you thoroughly research multiple Washington moving companies, you should also trust your gut. You have enough options to choose from that you shouldn't feel compelled to choose any Washington moving service that you don't feel 100% comfortable with.
Washington Tax Rates
Washington State is one of only seven states that do not impose a personal income tax. Nevertheless, Washington does levy a rather high sales tax, which is a flat rate of 6.5% mandated by the state government. Local authorities can add local sales tax on top of the state's requirement, which causes sales tax to be as high as 9.5% in the Seattle area. In addition, Washington State has a high property tax which is used to pay for various public services including parks and public education. Washington also has a Business and Occupation Tax (B&O) which requires businesses to pay tax on all gross receipts.
Driving Regulations and Licensing
As is the case in other states such as Virginia and Nevada, you must request to transfer your out-of-state driver's license within 30 days of arrival. Licenses that will be accepted for transfer are those issued in Canada, Germany or any other US state. All other international applicants will need to pass written and practical driving exams before they can receive a driver's license. Likewise, if your out-of-state license is expired, you will be required to take both exams. You will be required to provide valid identification, a valid Washington address, a mental and physical fitness statement and information about any past driving infractions, license suspensions or revocations. You will also be required to pass an eye exam and to surrender your out-of-state license. The cost for your first Washington State driver's license is $45.
Marriage Rules and Regulations
If you're moving to Washington to pursue a romantic relationship, you should note that you needn't be a resident of Washington in order to get married there. Rather, you must provide a valid form of identification and you can receive a marriage license. There is a 3-day waiting period between the time you apply for the marriage license and the time you will be permitted to get married. Marriage licenses are valid for 60 days. Same-sex marriage is not permitted in Washington State, but same-sex domestic partnerships are permitted, giving gay couples rights including custody, hospital visitation, adoption and property sharing.
Although Washington State may seem distant, it's actually quite a popular destination, with dozens of scenic hiking trails, and several professional sports teams, and thousands of new residents annually. You should have no trouble completing your moving requirements quickly so that you can begin work, school or simply enjoying your new state. Good luck!