Moving to Louisiana Checklist

Moving to Louisiana checklist OVERVIEW

Moving to a new state like Louisiana can be a stressful process. Luckily, the following list is a fantastic way to find out what you need to do before moving to Louisiana so that your move goes as smoothly as possible.

  1. Register Your Vehicle

This is a task that anyone moving to Louisiana will need to undertake. You can do it either in person or via mail, and you’ll receive your new license plate in the mail within approximately 10 days. If you’re moving from another state, it’s likely that your car is still registered with your previous state; in order for the registration process in Louisiana to go smoothly, you’ll need to provide the title, proof of liability insurance, and a bill of sale to the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles.

  1. Get a Louisiana driver’s license

If you are a Louisiana state resident, you will need to apply for a Louisiana driver’s license. You’ll also need to provide proof of your social security number or proof that you are not eligible for one. Make sure to have an eye exam done before applying, as well as grab your certificate of completion from the vision-screening program at school (if you are applying for or renewing your license while still in high school).

If you’re new to the state, you will be given a temporary license if you surrender your out-of-state driver’s license. This temporary license is valid for 90 days. After that, you’ll need to apply for an actual Louisiana license within 60 days of moving. You can download a Louisiana Driver’s Handbook from the DMV website so you know what to expect during your driving test and how to prepare.

  1. Get a Louisiana Identification Card

Like many other states, Louisiana offers identification cards for those who do not necessarily require having a driver’s license. Despite being referred to as “cards,” these can be issued in either a paper or plastic format. The requirements for obtaining a Louisiana identification card are pretty lax; you’ll just need to provide your name, date of birth, and social security number. You can download an application for an ID card from the DMV website.

  1. Get an health insurance cover

In the state of Louisiana, by law you will need to have health insurance. Without it, you’ll be charged a penalty fee that will increase each year that you remain uninsured. Many people find this out the hard way, as they weren’t aware of how important having health insurance can be. Although there are several options for coverage in the state, be sure to research your options and find the plan that best suits you and your family.

  1. Registering to vote

If you’d like to vote in Louisiana elections, you will need to register as a voter; however, registration is only open for certain periods of time. For instance, if you’re 16 and 17 years old and want to be able to vote in the next election, October 10-21 is your chance. If you’re 18 or older and have missed the deadline, you can still register but will have to cast a provisional ballot.

You can either fill out a voter registration form and mail it in, or you can fill it out online. You can find more information on the Louisiana Secretary of State website.

  1. Find a job

Louisiana is a fantastic place to work and live, so finding a job shouldn’t be too hard. The state’s unemployment rate is just above the national average at around 5% as of November 2010. If you’re moving from another state, you may want to look into how your previous job experience can transfer over or if there are any equivalency exams you will need to take.

Be sure to research the companies you are interested in, as well as find out if they offer any educational benefits or reimbursements for training courses that would allow you to gain additional skills. The average salary is just above $40,000 per year, but this can vary depending on factors such as your area of expertise and years of experience.

  1. Set up your utilities

One of the first things you’ll need to do when moving is set up your utilities. This includes water, electricity, and gas (if applicable). Depending on your service provider, you may be able to set up all of these services in one go or you may have to do it separately.

Be sure to have the proper identification documents, such as a driver’s license and social security number. You’ll also need to get a copy of your address from the post office or online so you can provide it to your provider.

  1. Prepare for weather extremes

Louisiana is known for its humid, subtropical climate. This means that the weather can change rapidly and be quite unpredictable. Be sure to pack appropriately for both hot and cold weather, and always have a backup plan in case of severe weather.

Some areas of the state are more prone to flooding than others, so it’s important to do research on the area where you’re planning on living and work. When severe weather hits, it’s best to be prepared and stay informed of any evacuation notices by checking with your local radio station or the Emergency Management Office .

  1. Enrolling for school

If you or your children are planning on enrolling in school, be sure to do so as soon as possible. Louisiana has a number of public and private schools to choose from, and there is no shortage of options when it comes to higher education.

You can find information on the different types of schools available, as well as their contact information and how to apply, on the Louisiana Department of Education website.

  1. Best places to reside in Louisiana

New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, and Lake Charles are just a few of the best places to live in Louisiana. Each offers something different for residents to enjoy. From hiking trails to museums, theaters to golf courses, there is never a shortage of fun activities or things to do here.

If you’re moving to Louisiana and aren’t sure where to start, be sure to check out some of these popular areas and see what fits your needs and interests.


Moving to Louisiana is a big decision, but it’s definitely one that you won’t regret. With its rich culture and history, fantastic job opportunities, and beautiful landscape, Louisiana has something to offer everyone.

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