There are so many things to take care of when you move to a new place. Here’s a list of resources that will help you as you move in to your new home and/or out of your old one.
Change Your Address
The United States Postal Service will forward first class mail to your new address for 12 months − 60 days for second class mail − without charge. Complete a Change of Address Order Form at the postal service website. You will then need to sign the form and either give it to your letter carrier or mail it to your local post office. You can also change your address online and the USPS will forward your mail to your new address.
Register to Vote
Oregonians can register online by going to the Web site: www.oregonvotes.org. You will be required to have a valid Oregon driver’s license, permit or identification card. For those who register online, the signatures on their driver’s licenses, permits or ID cards will serve as the signatures for voter registration cards. Those signatures will be checked to validate mail ballots in elections. Voters also can go to the online site to change political parties or addresses.
Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles
If your address changes, you must notify DMV within 30 days of the change. You may complete an address change form and mail it to DMV. DMV will mail you an address change sticker to put onto your driver license, instruction permit or identification card.
Portland Utility Companies
Below are the major utility companies in the Portland metro area.
- Northwest Natural 503-226-4211
- Portland General Electric 503-228-6322
- Pacific Power 888-221-7070
- City of Portland Water Bureau Water and Sewer 503-823-7770
- Tualatin Valley Water District Washington County Water 503-642-1511
- Clean Water Services Washington County Sewer 503-681-4400
- Comcast Cable, Internet and Phone services 800-934-6489
- Verizon Phone and Internet services 800-837-4966
- Century Link Phone and Internet services 800-244-1111
Garage and Recycling for the City of Portland
- Metro Recycling and Garbage Locate your hauler and obtain information about recycling. 503-797-1700
Oregon and Washington’s free electronics recycling programs started in January, 2009, with the two states collecting nearly 5 million pounds of televisions, computers, and monitors.
- Oregon Recycle Visit the Web site or call 888-532-9253
- Washington Recycle Visit the Web site or call 800-722-9253
- Portland Tribune Free print paper on Thursdays − their Web site is usually updated daily. Full of Portland stories and people.
- New York Times Delivered to your doorstep in Portland.
- The Oregonian Largest daily in the state.
- Wall Street Journal Delivered to your doorstep in Portland.
- Willamette Weekly Weekly paper free at stands located throughout city.