Welcome to Texas. Our state has so much to see and do, but first thing’s first. Here are a few friendly tips for newcomers:
Prepare for the weather.
The weather here can be unpredictable and fickle. Depending on when and where you’re moving, be aware of the potential for severe weather. The Gulf Coast has hurricane season, and tornado activity occurs across the state.
Set up your utilities.
Call or go online a week before your move kicks off to set up your electricity and other utilities. You can set up new electricity service online or call us 1-855-750-0899 and we’ll help you get the right plan for your new home. We power the homes and businesses of more Texans than any other provider.
As a customer, you can also make one call to us to get set up with cable, internet, phone and home security. Call us at 1-877-543-0388. Apply for a Texas driver’s license.
The Texas Department of Public Safety issues driver’s licenses. Go to the DPS website
for more information.Inspect and register your vehicle.
Take your vehicle for a state inspection at a local mechanic, oil change shop or inspection station. You’ll need your driver’s license and proof of insurance. Once it’s been inspected, you can register your vehicle. Like most other states, you’ll need to register within 30 days of moving to Texas.
Register to vote.
You can register to vote in Texas if you’re at least 17 years and 10 months of age and a U.S. citizen. In order to vote in an election, you must complete your voter registration application at least 30 days before the election date. Visit VoteTexas.gov
for more information on how and where to register.
Plan to explore.
Texas is really big. In fact, it’s so big that it’s divided into 7 regions – each with its own distinct appeal. Here’s a rundown that can help you pick your next road trip:
- Gulf Coast – Populated with many beautiful beaches and a rich culture as well as great Texas cities like Houston, Corpus Christi and more.
- Piney Woods – Known for expansive pine tree forests and charming small towns.
- Prairie and Lakes – Home to many popular lakes and large cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, among others.
- Hill Country – One of the most-traveled tourist areas in the South with its rolling hills and abundant wildflowers.
- South Texas Plains – Bordering Mexico and offering many towns with Hispanic flair.
- Big Bend Country – Featuring authentic desert scenery with large sand dunes and abundant cacti.
- Panhandle Plains – Home to many state parks and a stretch of the famous Route 66.
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