New Resident Guide
1) Get a Florida Driver's License. Use OASIS (Online Appointment Service and Information System) and reduce waiting in line. Then complete an on-line pre-application. View office hours, locations and phone numbers.
2) Apply for Florida auto insurance. Ask your current company if they insure in Florida. If not try Auto Club, Mercury, etc.
3) Title, Registration, License Plates. To register your car for the first time in the State of Florida: bring the original title, proof of required insurance, and all applicable fees to your nearest county tax collector's office or license plate agency. Vehicle registration is valid for one year, a period which usually begins in the vehicle owner's birth month. (Fleet vehicles owned by a company all use the month of June.) Even if you register your car late, you'll still be required to pay the full registration fee.
4) Apply for E-Pass. Each time you pass through toll lanes equipped to accept your E-PASS, your toll is electronically deducted from your prepaid account.
5) Register your kids in school. Orange County Public Schools, Osceola County School District, Seminole County Public Schools, Lake County Schools, Private Schools, Valencia Community College, and UCF.
6) Orlando Area Utilities.
- Florida Power
- Florida Power and Light (FPL)
- Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
- Sprint/United Telephone
- Brighthouse Cable
- Heathrow Cable
- Natural Gas
- Teco/Peoples Gas
- Seminole County
- Orange County
- Sanlando Utilities
(Serves Sweetwater, Sabal Point, Wekiva, parts of Longwood)
- City of Lake Mary
- City of Oviedo
- City of Winter Springs
- City of Altamonte Springs
- City of Longwood
- City of Casselberry
- City of Sanford
- City of Maitland
- City of Winter Park
- City of Orlando
- City of Apopka
7) Florida Homestead Exemption. Every person who has legal or equitable title to real property in the State of Florida and who resides on the property on January 1 and in good faith makes it his or her permanent home is eligible for a homestead exemption.
- Orange County Property Appraiser's Offices
- Osceola County Property Appraiser's Offices
- Volusia County Property Appraiser's Offices
- Seminole County Property Appraiser's Offices
- Lake County Property Appraiser's Offices
- Brevard County Property Appraiser's Offices
- Polk County Property Appraiser's Offices