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Helping You Get Settled

Everyone moving to a new city requires a vast amount of information — details about neighborhoods and housing, automobile licenses, schools, cultural and recreational opportunities, and much more.

Whether relocating your family, a business or just yourself, the array of decisions and tasks can appear daunting, overwhelming and seemingly endless. This information should help you get started.

Automobile/Boat
Within 30 days of moving to Georgia, newcomers must apply for a Georgia Driver’s license and a Georgia license plate for each vehicle. For registration, proof of insurance is required by Georgia law, along with current registration, a Georgia driver’s license, title and name/address of lien holder or copy of lease agreement and a power of attorney from the leasing company.

Chatham County Auto Tag Department

1145 Eisenhower Drive, 31406 912.652.6800
295 Police Memorial Drive, 31405 912.644.4010
461 Johnny Mercer Blvd., 31410 912.898.3307

Boat Registration goboatgeorgia.com 800.366.2661
 
Georgia State Driver’s License   
1117 Eisenhower Drive, 31406
912.691.7400
www.dds.ga.gov                             
To transfer a valid license from another state in the United States or from the District of Columbia, you must present:
  1. Your valid driver’s license.
  2. Some form of personal identification, such as a birth certificate (state-issued or certified copy), certified naturalization document, immigration ID card, valid passport or military ID card.
  3. Proof of Georgia residency, including lease or housing contract; rent receipt; utility bill; bank statement; or employer verification (on their letterhead, stating address).
  4. Social Security number.

Government Numbers to Know

Chatham County Courthouse 912.652.7850
Chatham County Department of Family and Children Services 912.651.2216
Chatham County Health Department 912.356.2441
Chatham County Tax Assessor 912.652.7271
Georgia Department of Revenue 912.356.2140
  
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Wildlife Resources Division   
912.727.2111

Legal
State Bar of Georgia   
404.527.8700

Library

Live Oak Public Libraries
Main Branch: 2002 Bull St., 31401
www.liveoakpl.org
912.652.3600

There are 14 branches throughout Chatham County, and library cards are free to residents.

Georgia Historical Society
501 Whitaker St.
www.georgiahistory.com   
912.651.2125

Extensive collection of historical documents, photographs and books.

Media
Print  
Bryan County News (twice weekly) 756.2668
Business in Savannah – BiS (weekly) 236.9511
Cash Magazine (bi-monthly) 238.9444
Coastal Senior (monthly) 652.0487
Connect Savannah (weekly) 231.0250
Savannah magazine (bi-monthly) 652.0293
Savannah Morning News (daily) 236.9511
Savannah PennySaver (weekly) 231.0250
Savannah Tribune (weekly)   233.6128
South Magazine (bi-monthly) 236.5501
The Herald (weekly) 232.4505
 
Television
WSAV (3) NBC 651.0300
WVAN (9) PBS 800.222.6006
WTOC (11) CBS 234.1111
WGSA (13) CW 692.8000
WJCL (22) ABC, FOX 28 925.0022

Radio
Adventure Radio Group 351.9830
WLOW (Familiar Favorites) 107.9 FM
WFXH (Rock) 106.1 FM
WGCO (Oldies) 98.3 FM
WGZR (Country) 106.9 FM
WFXH (Sports) 1130 AM
WGZO (Classic Hits)   103.1 FM
Clear Channel Communications 964.7794
WQBT (Hip Hop and R&B) 94.1 FM
WAEV (Top 40) 97.3 FM
WYKZ (Adult Contemporary) 98.7 FM
WLVH (R&B and Old School) 101.1 FM
WSOK (Gospel)   1230 AM
WTKS (News Talk Radio) 1290 AM
Cumulus Broadcasting 629.5000
WEAS (Urban) 93.1 FM
WIXV (Classic Rock) 95.5 FM
WJCL (Country) 96.5 FM
WZAT (Hot Adult Contemporary) 102.1 FM
WBMQ (News Talk Radio) 630 AM
WJLG (Sports Radio) 900 AM
Georgia Public Broadcasting 598.3300
WSVH (Public Radio) 91.1 FM
Thoroughbred Communications 234.1053
WRHQ (Quality Rock) 105.3 FM


Pets
Chatham County Animal Tags

1117 Eisenhower Drive, 31406 201-4300
295 Police Memorial Drive, 31405 644-4029

All cats and dogs must be registered with the Chatham County Animal Control Center. Vaccinations against rabies must be up to date. Tag fees are $5 for all animals that have been spayed or neutered; fees for all others are $35.

Case Veterinary Hospital, P.C. www.casevet.com 352-3081
Catnip ‘n’ Biscuits www.catnipnbiscuits.com 349-5838
Crossroad Animal Hospital www.crossroadah.com 927-4343
Dog Watch of the Low Country www.dogwatch.com    354-9004


Post Office
To reach the main branch and other branches, call 800-275-8777 or visit www.usps.com

Main Branch 2 N. Fahm Street, 31402 235-4666
Bingville Station 3601 Montgomery St., 31405 234-8935
Eastside Station 1900 E. Victory Dr., 31404 232-0914
Oglethorpe Station 1348 Eisenhower Dr., 31406 351-0640
Port Wentworth 300 Cantyre St., 31407 963-0106
Garden City 4431 Augusta Rd., 31408 964-4033
Wilmington Island   897-4225
Telfair Square 117 W. State St., 31401 232-2952
Tybee Island 102 S. Campbell Ave., 31328 786-9632
Southside Station 10701 Abercorn Ext., 31419 925-9082
  
Recycling
Chatham County Recycling 652-6858
Keep Savannah Beautiful 651-6948
Savannah Sanitation Bureau 651-6579

Taxes
Savannah Area and Georgia Tax Summary
Compared to other states, Georgia enjoys modest tax rates. The state maintains low tax rates through a fiscally conservative government. A balanced budget is constitutionally mandated, and a pro-business climate nurtures strong economic growth. The state has not changed the maximum corporate income tax rate, which is 6 percent, since 1969.

Chatham County Sales Tax
Seven percent (4 percent state, 3 percent local option) on purchases of most goods and some services. The tax on food items is 5 percent.

Personal Income Tax
On net (after deductions) federal taxable income: $340 on the first $10,000, straight 6 percent of the balance (married filing jointly or single head of household).

Property Tax
Property taxes are assessed on 40 percent of the fair market value of the property. Applied to this amount are millage rates, which are levied by various governing authorities: Chatham County, the Board of Public Education county-wide, and some — but not all — municipalities. The Chatham Area Transit Authority levies a small tax in some service areas. Owner-occupied homes are eligible for homestead exemptions, and additional exemptions apply to certain categories of senior citizens.

Trash Pick-up
Atlantic Waste Services atlantic-waste.com 964-2000
Republic Waste Services of Savannah republicservices.com 964-2211
Waste Management of Savannah wm.com 965-0047
Waste Watchers of Savannah, LLC wastewatchersllc.com 964-7050


Utilities

Cable Television
Comcast, comcast.com     354-7531/800-266-2278

Electricity

Georgia Power, georgiapower.com    404-506-6526
Sonitrol of Savannah, sonitrol.com    232-6833
 
Gas
Atlanta Gas Light Company, atlantagaslight.com    239-6500
Georgia Natural Gas, southstarenergy.com    898-1987
Infinite Energy, Inc., infiniteEnergy.com    925-9329
K&M Utilities    927-6285
SCANA Energy, scanaenergy.com    478-743-1552
Southern LNG, Inc., elpaso.com    944-3800

Telephone
AT&T, att.com    888-757-6500/800-356-3094
Comcast, comcast.com    800-266-2278

Water/sewer service
City of Savannah    651-6460
Chatham Water Company    352-9339
Division II Contracting, LLC    330-8830

Water Purification
Kemira Water Solutions, 5kemira.com    234-860

Voter Registration Office
1117 Eisenhower Drive, Suite E, 31406    790-1520
You must be a U.S. citizen of at least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 years to vote, mentally sound and not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction.
You must register at least 30 days before an election in which you wish to vote.
You may register at the Voters Registration Office, one of the Chatham County libraries, the Driver’s License Office and certain other government offices.

 

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