Picture this: You just moved to Charleston and you need some help with the practicalities of life (we can’t just sit back and relax on Sullivan’s Island all day, unfortunately). That’s where we come in. Keep reading for Charlestonian 101, our guide to all things CHS.
Make sure you’re eligible and registered to vote, find your polling location, and preview upcoming elections and sample ballots here.
Driver’s licenses and vehicle registration
New residents in need of an SC driver’s license will need to provide their social security number, proof of identity, citizenship, and date of birth, and two documents confirming their current physical SC address.
For dealer-purchased vehicles, titling and registration will be completed for you (generally). If your vehicle was purchased from an individual that holds the title, here’s what you’ll need to register your car in SC:
- A completed Title Application and Statement of Vehicle Operation in South Carolina (if you don’t currently have an SC driver’s license or ID)
- A first assignment completed on the title, including the odometer reading, date of sale, buyer’s name and address, sales price, lienholder information (if necessary), and seller’s and buyer’s signatures
- Note: A bill of sale may need to be presented if the assignment on the title doesn’t have a sales price section
Visit an SCDMV branch to obtain an SC driver’s license or register your vehicle.
Establishing yourself with a primary care provider is one of those things you’ll be glad you did when you need one. Reach out to the professionals at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, MUSC Health, or Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, to name a few. Pro tip: Websites like DocSpot filter physicians by location, patient reviews, insurance, language, and more.
Prepare your student for the school year by registering them with Charleston County School District (or Berkeley County School District). Here, you’ll find school districts based on your residential area, and elementary, middle, high, and charter schools within each of the eight constituent school districts. Use this map to find school options by zone.
Get details on Charleston County School District registration and enrollment here, including a required documentation list and registration link. For information on Charleston County’s private schools, check out this list.
Library card registration
- Curbside services
- Private meeting spaces for groups
- Learning programs
- One-on-one training
- eBooks, music, and movies
- Computer and Wi-Fi access
To get your card, you’ll need a photo ID and proof of address. Young adults ages 12-17 are eligible for a young adult library card, and those under the age of 12 can get a card with a parent or guardian’s signature.
Thanks for thinking green. For everything you need to know about recycling in Charleston, from pickup days to container requests and accepted materials, check out this Charleston County Environmental Management page.
Moving is exciting, but no one wants to unpack by candlelight. Establish your services with Dominion Energy by creating an account or updating your address in your existing account. Pro tip: Check out this info to learn how to manage seasonal bills.
No connectivity issues here. Check out some of the internet providers in the 843 below. Note: Service cost and availability may vary by location.
- Xfinity | Internet service starting at $30 per month for 12 months
- AT&T Fiber | Internet service starting at $55 per month
- Home Telecom | Internet service starting at $49.95 per month
- WOW! | Internet service starting at $9.99 per month
- T-Mobile Home Internet | Internet service starting at $50 per month
The ultimate Charlestonian initiation
Having an SC driver’s license and an 843 area code may qualify you on paper, but you’re not officially a Charlestonian until you’ve taken part in some local fun.
Rooftop bars and restaurants
You haven’t properly enjoyed a Holy City skyline unless you’ve enjoyed a drink on a rooftop overlooking the hustle and bustle of our city with your closest friends. Did someone say golden hour photo op? Here are a few spots.
Live music and Charleston go together like peanut butter and jelly. There’s no shortage of local venues like Credit One Stadium, Music Farm, The Windjammer, and Pour House, so the chances of seeing your favorite artist live in action are pretty good. Take a look at upcoming concerts.
With historic buildings like “America’s First Museum” and “America’s first theater,” Charleston has its fair share of stories to tell through the years — which makes sense, given that the city dates back to 1670.
Is there something you’re still left wondering about to get you properly established in the Holy City? Ask us your question and we’ll do our best to answer it for you, like a good neighbor.