Moving To/Around Charlotte, NC

Moving Simplified says "Welcome to Charlotte, NC!" Charlotte is one of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the country with new residents coming to town daily. Besides finding a place to live and employment, certain things absolutely must be done when relocating to a new town. Here are some helpful tips to getting settled in this sprawling, growing area.


Childcare Resources Inc. (CCRI) | | 704.376.6697
Provides a wide variety of information to help parents and families find early learning and school-age child care services.

Charlotte Parent magazine | | 704.344.1980
The magazine's Website offers a family resource guide with everything from family friendly employers to a directory of summer day camps.

Driving & Driver's Licenses

N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles | | 919.715.7000
Newcomers must obtain a North Carolina driver’s license within 60 days of establishing a permanent residence. You will be required to provide proof of your full name, age and social security number; proof of liability insurance coverage; and proof of residency.

N.C. has a graduated licensing program for drivers age 15 to 18. Licenses for ages 18 to 53 are renewed every eight years. After age 54, licenses are renewed every five years.

For a list of acceptable documentation (for proof of identity, liability coverage and residency) and DMV locations, please visit the DMV’s Website or call the number above.

Auto Registration & License Plates

Newcomers must obtain an N.C. driver’s license before registering a vehicle. There are some situations under which you can use a driver’s license from another state.

Newcomers must register motor vehicles. Vehicle registrations from other states usually remain valid for 30 days, but this time period varies depending on your prior state of residence. You must provide the title (unless the title is held by a lien holder) and a valid registration card from the state of prior registration. Fees for private passenger vehicles include a $40 title fee and a $28 registration fee. Registration must be renewed annually.

Vehicle must also receive an annual safety and emissions inspection that costs $30. Inspection stations are usually found at service stations, car dealerships and auto repair shops.

Emergencies & Related Services

Police/Fire/MEDIC | Emergencies…911 | Non-emergencies…311

Power Outages | 800.Power.On

All Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Agencies | | 311
Charlotte-Mecklenburg government agencies include Animal Care and Control, Department of Social Services, Domestic Violence, Emergency Management, Fire Department, Health Department, Mental Health, Police Department and more.

Children & Family Services Center | | 704.943.9400
The Children & Family Services Center is a highly efficient nine-agency source of assistance. The agencies at this central location collaborate with each other and with agencies throughout the county to offer comprehensive services.

Crime Stoppers | | 704.334.1600

Federal Bureau of Investigation | | 704.377.9200

N.C. Highway Patrol | | 919.733.7952

Poison Center | | 800.222.1222

Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Government

Charlotte-Mecklenburg | | 311 or 704.336.7600
The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are each governed by councils elected every two years in partisan elections – the Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. The city manager is appointed by City Council and oversees day-to-day operations of the city. The city’s mayor works with City Council to establish general city policies. The county manager is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and oversees the day-to-day operations of the county. City Council and Board of County Commissioners meetings are open to the public and televised live on cable channel 16.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Tax Collections | | 311
Real property tax rates are based on 100 percent of the fair-market value and are due on September 1 each year. Interest accrues beginning January 1. Property values are reassessed every four to eight years with the most recent revaluation occurring in 2011. Property located within the corporate limits of the City of Charlotte is taxed by both the city and county. The state does not levy a property tax.

Property tax statements for car owners are sent out within three months of registration renewals and are due by the first day of the fourth month following renewal. Call 311 if you do not receive a statement within that time.

State and Local Sales Tax
A 4.25 percent state tax plus a 3.0 percent local tax makes up the 7.25 percent Mecklenburg County sales tax. Prepared food purchases carry an additional 1 percent tax, and hotel room occupancy rates carry an additional 6 percent tax.


Charlotte Douglas International Airport | | 704.359.4000
Our airport provides nonstop service to 128 destinations, including 27 international destinations, to approximately 35 million passengers a year. The Wilson Air Center serves corporate and general aviation needs. The airport offers shuttle and taxi service, public transit service, courtesy vehicle pick-up for motels, hotels and rental cars.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) | | 704.336.RIDE
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has an extensive transportation system in the Charlotte area. Local fare is just $1.50, while fares for express routes are $2.00 within the county and $3.00 to neighboring counties.

The LYNX Blue Line, Charlotte’s first light-rail transit system, extends from 7th Street in Center City Charlotte to I-485 at South Boulevard. Additional lines to Lake Norman, UNC Charlotte and the airport are planned for the future.

The Gold Rush, a free shuttle service, operates within the uptown area during weekday office hours.

While the entire fleet is wheelchair accessible, CATS Special Transportation Services provides additional services for those with certified disabilities. Visit the Web site or call for additional information.


Making arrangements for utility and other services for your new home is a fairly simple process. A letter of credit or information about your former utility services may help you avoid paying deposits.


Duke Energy | | 800.777.9898

Water and Sewer

Mecklenburg County | 311 or 704.336.7600

Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas | | 800.752.7504


AT&T | | 888-757-6500

Time Warner Cable | | 877-566-4TWC

Windstream | | 704.847.4828

Trash Pick-up

Mecklenburg County Solid Waste and Recycling | | 311

Voter Registration

Mecklenburg County Board of Elections | | 704.336.2133
You must be a resident for 30 days and must register to vote 30 days prior to the next election. North Carolina also provides for same-day registration during early voting, which typically is available for two weeks prior to an election.

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