Relocating to New Orleans : A Few First Steps
It is always hard getting started in a new town. There is just too much to do and so little information on how to do it. In New Orleans, however, it's pretty easy to take care of all those trying tasks you must accomplish to become a resident. First, there is all the stuff involved in driving.
To get a LA Driver's License you go to the Motor Vehicle Registration Office. There are several offices located throughout the city and if you have a valid license from another state, all you need do is pay $20 (cash only) and take an eye test. You do need an ID, a Driver's License, Social Security Card, or Government ID will do. Then you register your car. You pay a one time tax of 2 percent of the blue book value and the paperwork required depends on whether the car has ever been registered any place else.
Once you are through the registration process, it is time for vehicle inspection. You get this done for $20 ($25 for pick-ups) at most service stations. Oh, and you will need car insurance. If all this just proves to be too much, consider public transportation. In Orleans Parish, public transit is provided by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). You must have exact change.
Once you have got our transportation figured out, you are going to want to have some idea of the lay of the land. In New Orleans, most directions are in reference to the Mississippi River, Lake Ponchatrain, Uptown, and Downtown. Uptown is up-river or above Canal Street and Downtown is down-river or below Canal Street. The east and west banks are on their respective sides of the Mississippi. Other important dividing lines are Causeway Blvd. and Clearview Blvd. in Metairie and Williams Blvd. in Kenner.
If you have to find an apartment, pick up an apartment guide at any grocery or convenience store. Utilities are handled different ways in different parishes and everyone wants a deposit for everything. In addition, do not forget the water meter; you will have to get that going too. In Orleans, you will deal with New Orleans Power Services and the Sewerage and Water Board. In Jefferson Parish, it is the Louisiana Power and Light, Louisiana Gas Service, and the Jefferson Parish Sewer and Water Board.
For telephone service, you deal with South Central Bell.
To register to vote, you will need your brand new driverís license. Once you have accomplished all that, you are pretty much set.
Now all you have to do is find a good Chinese restaurant that delivers take out.