As most of you may know, I recently moved to Illinois and live in a western Chicago suburb. I had to do a lot of things before and during my move as well as after. There are still things that I have to do that I’ve yet to check off on my list.
First off, changing your driver’s license is something you should eventually do.
In order to get an IL license, I looked up information on the IL DMV site and it listed all of the types of paperwork I would need. Getting a license is fairly easy if you have all of your paperwork and proof on hand.
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License plates and car insurance.
Secondly, I need to change my license plates and register my car to the state of IL.
In IL, you have 90 days to complete this task before it’s illegal to drive around. If anyone gives you trouble for having license plates from another state, your insurance company should be able to help you out. My insurance company offered me assistance on this in case I were to ever get pulled over or anything.
Speaking of car insurance, you should change your car insurance as soon as you can. My car insurance company told me it wasn’t necessary to have my driver’s license or license plates registered to the state yet in order to get my car insurance. Depending on where you move to, your rates could increase or decrease.
Since I pay my insurance every 6 months, I will either get a deductible on my insurance or I will have to pay whatever is left from what I already paid back in my home state.
Lastly, switching banks is something you should do as well. In my case, I stuck with my bank from my home state and kept it since it has other family branches in the area I live in.
My bank also has ATM’s in the area I live in so I don’t have to pay any ATM fees.
Is there anything I am forgetting?
This move has gone by smoothly and I am adjusting to where I live quite nicely. To make a move even easier, you could hire residential moving companies to help you with your move too.
I have joined a Bikram Yoga gym nearby and I am also going to a boxing gym on Wednesday to try out that as well. In the end, I am going to only pick one of these gyms to go to monthly. Since my university has a gym, I won’t have to spend money on a membership anywhere which will save me a good bit of money each month.
I am really excited to start school next week and I am eager to make new friends in the area. I also plan on joining clubs and organizations if time permits. I will make time!
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