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Columbus 101: Our guide to becoming a Columbus resident

Becoming a new resident is easy with our Columbus 101 guide.

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Take a look at CBUS through the lens of AI. | Photo via Canva

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Picture this: You just moved to Columbus, and you need some help with the practicalities of life (we can’t just sit back and drink local beers all day, unfortunately). That’s where we come in. Keep reading for CBUS 101, our guide to all the things you need to know as a new Columbus resident.

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The Ohio Statehouse at 1 Capitol Sq.| Photo via Canva

The essentials

Voter registration
Make sure you’re eligible and registered to vote, find your polling location, and preview upcoming elections and sample ballots.

Driver’s licenses and vehicle registration
New residents in need of a CBUS driver’s license will need to provide proof of legal status, a Social Security document, and two documents confirming your residential address.

To register your car in the state of Ohio, you’ll need to bring proof of state car insurance, proof of your identity (in the form of a driver’s license, passport, or ID card), and a Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification form to any Franklin County office.

Initial registrations may be subject to a $25 fee.

You can make an appointment at any of Franklin County’s offices to obtain a state driver’s license.

Establishing yourself with a primary care provider is one of those things you’ll be glad you did when you need one. Columbus is home to companies like OhioHealth. Pro tip: Websites like DocSpot filter physicians by location, patient reviews, insurance, language, and more.

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Columbus Metropolitan Library is more than a place for books. | Photo via Columbus Metropolitan Library

Educational needs

School registration
Prepare your student for the school year by registering them with Columbus City Schools. Here, you’ll find your school zone (based on your home address), a list of registration and immunization requirements, and the student entry form. With your required documents in hand, you’ll then make an appointment at your student’s zoned school to complete the registration process.

Need more options? Check out our list of local schools.

Library card registration
If you think libraries are only for renting the occasional book, think again. Register for a library card at your nearest Columbus Metropolitan Library branch, and you’ll find a world of rewards.

To get your card, you need be an Ohio resident and show proof of address. Columbusites of any age can apply for a free card to be used at any branch.

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Columbus real estate agents say areas like the German Village are timeless for buyers and sellers. | Photo by @exploringseasons

Home necessities

Thanks for thinking green. For everything you need to know about recycling in CBUS, from where to place your bin to pickup times and accepted materials, check out our guide.

Moving is exciting, but no one wants to unpack by candlelight. Establish your services with AEP Ohio by creating an account or updating your address in your existing account. Pro tip: You can complete a free virtual energy audit to learn how you can save money and energy every month.

Internet providers
Get connected with some of the internet providers in CBUS:

Most landlords or home sellers will let you know the internet providers available in your area.
Is there something you’re still left wondering about to get you properly established in CBUS? Ask us your question and we’ll do our best to answer it for you, like a good neighbor.

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