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THE ESSENTIALS

By D Magazine |

DRIVER’S LICENSE

To obtain a valid Texas driver’s license, which is legally required after 30 days of residence, an out-of-state newcomer must (1) apply for a license at one of the many Department of Public Safety testing stations: (2) produce a certified copy of his or her birth certificate or a valid out-of-state driver’s license; (3) pass a written examination: {4} pass a driving skill test if the out-of-state license has expired; (5) undergo an eye test to determine if corrective lenses are needed; (6) be 18 or older. Persons 16 or 17 years of age may be licensed only if they have com-pleted a certified driver-education program.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Out-of-state vehicles may be registered for Texas license plates at substations of the county lax assessor’s office, which are located throughout Dallas County.

To establish Texas residency, you must (1) have your vehicle’s serial number verified through an inspection at a service station or car dealership; (2) surrender your out-of-state title; {3) apply for registration within 30 days of moving here: (4) pay a $15 new residents’ fee, plus a S10 title fee and the cost of your license plates (based on the model year for cars and gross weight for trucks), which are required on the front and rear of your car. Subsequent re-registration may be handled by mail. For more information, call 749-8621.

AUTO INSPECTION

All vehicles registered in Texas must be inspected for safety every 12 months. The fee for an inspection sticker, which is applied to the lower left-hand corner of the windshield and shows the number of the month in which the inspection was performed, is $7.75 for car models up to 1979, $10.50 for 1980 and newer models, plus the cost of any repairs necessary to bring the vehicle up to established safety standards. Inspection stations are located at various service stations, dealerships, garages, and most major department store auto-service areas.

VOTER REGISTRATION

You must be (l) an American citizen; and (2) 18 years of age You must have a permanent residential address within Dallas County. It takes 30 days from the dale of application to become a registered voter. Voter registration can usually be handled by filling out a form and returning it at least 30 days before an election to Election Department, Records Building, Dallas 75202. For more information, call 749-8871.

TAX EXEMPTION

Every homeowner living within an independent school district in Texas has the right to claim an exemption of $5,000 per year of the total assessed value of his house. Optional homestead exemptions may be offered by individual city or county governments. To qualify, you must have title to the property on January 1 of the tax year. An affidavit claiming the homestead exemption must be filed between January I and April 30 with the Dallas County Appraisal District. For more information, call 631-0910.

POST OFFICE

For zip code information, call 647-2996 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. For general information, call 741-5508 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

TRANSPORTATION

For information on city bus routes or Hop-A-Bus, which services downtown Dallas, call DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) at 979-1111.

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 574-6720, provides service for most major airlines. Love Field Airport, 670-7275; Addison Airport, 248-7733; and Red Bird Airport, 337-1581, also service the area.

TIME AND TEMPERATURE

Call 844-(any four numbers) to obtain the correct time and temperature.



WEATHER REPORT

Call National Weather Service at 654-0116 for weather information.

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