Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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198 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 Make Advance Reservations: Depending on where you live, you might need to obtain a parking permit for the moving truck or van. Also, if you live in a high-rise building, you should check to see if you need to reserve use of the elevator. Smile and File: Gather and organize your important documents in advance and have them ready to go, you never know if you might need access to them in your new home. Never place these items in the trunk of your car. A short list of documents to take with you includes birth certificates, life insurance policies, medical and dental records, real estate documents and school records. Other helpful items include an address book, appliance manuals, appraisals for high-value items, and your copy of the household goods descriptive inventory. GET GOING! THE DAY OF THE MOVE Get in the Zone: The safety zone, that is. Anything that you wish to take with you and NOT have packed should be placed within an area that you identify to the movers as the "Do Not Pack – Do Not Move Zone." This would include anything from your important papers and docu- ments, luggage, medications, travel clothing and toiletries, and favorite toys for the kids. Create a First Night Care Kit: Separate the items you will need the most when you first arrive in your new home and have the movers pack and load them separately so they will be the first to unload in your new home. If you are putting items into storage and you need special items for a temporary living situation, clearly mark and separate these items before the mover arrives. Some items to consider for your First Night Care Kit include alarm clocks, a can opener, first-aid items, clean sheets and pillow cases, toiletries, a flashlight, extension cords, basic tools and hardware from disassembled furniture. A Note about Utilities: Call a couple of weeks ahead to have utilities connected at your new home the day before or the day of your scheduled move-in (resources for phone, Internet, cable, gas, electric and other utilities are listed in this section of this website.) Check to make sure the utilities have been connected, and follow up on any delays. Make sure your phone is connected, if you have a land line. Ideally, you should have the phone company hook it up the day before you move in. Electronics: Most moving companies advise, that to prevent possible damage, televisions, stereos, computers, other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature. REGISTER TO VOTE! Make sure to exercise your right to vote. Registration to vote in is easy. Just pick the method that works best for you! HOW TO REGISTER You must be eighteen years old, a U.S. citizen and legal resident of Florida to register to vote. If you are sixteen years old you may pre-register and receive your card in the mail after your 18 th birthday. You a re NOT entitled to register to vote if you have been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with regard to voting in this or any other state and you have not had your right to vote restored pursuant to law, or, if you have been convicted of any felony by any court of record and you have not had your right to vote restored pursuant to law. If you met the above requirements, you may register or vote in Palm Beach County by either: 1. Going online at OR 2. In Person/Telephone You may obtain a voter registration application in person or by telephone by contacting: The Supervisor of Elections Main offce: 240 South Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33415 Offce Number – (561) 656-6200 Or you may apply at any of these locations: Glades Offce Building Branch Offce Main Offce West Palm Beach Northeast County Courthouse Branch Offce Southeast PBC Administrative Complex Branch Offce After completing the voter registration application, it can be mailed or delivered to the Supervisor of Elections offce. A voter identifcation card will be mailed approximately 2-3 weeks after the application is processed. Be aware of the following if you decide to register to vote by mail: As a result of the enactment of the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) by the United States Congress, Florida law (97.0535, Florida Statutes) now has new requirements for anyone who registers by mail. As of January 1, 2003, if you are a new voter in Palm Beach County, you registered by mail and you have not voted in an election for Federal offce in this county you must present a current valid photo identifcation or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government documents that shows your name and address. If you wish to vote by mail you must submit, with you ballot, the same documentation stated above. To be exempt from the above you must meet one of the following: • Be 65 years of age or older when you registered • Have a physical disability • Be a member, spouse or dependent of active uniform service or merchant marine absent from the county on election day • Living outside the U.S. but eligible to vote in Florida For more information visit

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