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Welcome to Asheville! If you've just moved to town, there are a few things you'll need to attend to...

Auto Registration
Auto license tags must be purchased within 30 days of relocating to the state. Just bring your car title, proof of insurance and odometer reading to the following license tag agencies:

Innsbruck Mall, 85 Tunnel Road, phone: 252-8526
Asheville West Plaza,153 Smoky Park Hwy, phone: 667-2104

Helpful Hints: The busiest days at the tag agency offices are typically Mondays, Fridays and the 15th and 30th of the month. Also, cars must be inspected within 10 days of the date of registration.

Gas - Public Service Company of NorthCarolina 253-1821
Electricity - Carolina Power and Light Company 258-1010
Telephone - BellSouth 780-2355 (Residence), 780-2800 (Business)
Water - Asheville Department of Water Resources 258-0161

Below is a list of reports that contain demographic, business and economic information.

The Underground Asheville Guidebook
Asheville's Best-Seller Travel Guidebook, The Underground Asheville Guidebook is full of valuable info about hotels, motels, B&B's, shopping, restaurants, children's activities, self-guided excursions, night life, outdoor recreation, and more. Includes sections on Biltmore, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Cherokee, and 200 original photos. Author-guided tours/custom itineraries available. Paperback, 256 pages, $15.95.

City of Asheville For more information about the Asheville City Government

Better Business Bureau -- Asheville, North Carolina If you are having a problem, you need to report it, and try to prevent someone else from having the same experience. 1-828-253-2392

Voter Registration
To vote in city, county, state and federal elections, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, mentally sound and not under conviction of a felony. You must register 30 days prior to the election you wish to vote in. You may register to vote in Asheville and Buncombe County immediately after establishing residency.

Registration may be done by mail or in person at the Board of Elections office, the Pack Memorial Library and several other locations. Call for the nearest registration site. (Or, if you also need to get a NC driver's license, you may register to vote at the DMV office.)

The Buncombe County Board of Elections is located in the Courthouse Annex at 189 College Street. Phone: 255-5123

There are many ways to get to know folks in the Asheville community. Check out the large number of membership organizations as well as the community calendar. If you're interested in volunteering, there are numerous volunteer opportunities available as well.

Driver's License
New residents must apply for a N.C. driver's license within 30 days of relocating to the state. Vision and written tests are required. You can also register to vote at the DMV office. Visit the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles at either of the following locations:

1624 Patton Avenue, phone: 251-6065

Helpful Hints: These office usually have a wait, so you may want to bring something to read. The receptionist at the Patton Ave. office tells us that the best times to arrive are 8 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Public School Registration
Public Schools
Parents/Guardians need the following documents to register their children in local public schools:

  • Birth certificate Immunization records;
  • Medical forms from the County Health Department or a personal physician;
  • and previous report card if transferring from another school.

Asheville City Schools - phone: 255-5064
Buncombe County Schools - phone: 255-5921

Higher Education
There are many options if you're interested in college classes:

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, phone: 254-1921
Cecils Business College, phone: 252-2486
University of North Carolina at Asheville, phone: 251-6600
Montreat College, phone: 669-8011
North Carolina State University at UNCA Campus, phone: 251-6640
Shaw University, phone: 252-7635
Warren Wilson College, phone: 298-3325
Western Carolina University at UNCA Campus, phone: 251-6642

If you'd like to find a place to live, you're looking for a roommate, or you need some furnishings for your new home, there are several resources that can be helpful:

Asheville.com's Classified Ads.

For home and apartment rental, call Leslie & Associates at 828-253-1517. OR, check out their web site, which is updated daily.

The IWANNA, a local paper that is distributed every Tuesday is another good resource. You'll find the IWANNA in local groceries, gas stations and the like. It costs just under a buck and is packed with listings for everything from homes and rental units to used cars and livestock.

There are also several bulletin boards in town where people post housing information -- among many other things. Check out Malaprop's Bookstore on Haywood Street, the French Broad Food Coop on Biltmore Avenue, Earth Fare in Westgate Plaza.

Other possibilities: Mountain Xpress, a local independent weekly; and the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Check our Employment section.

Pack Memorial Library 67 Haywood Street 255-5203

The Asheville Transit Authority provides public transportation to all parts of the City of Asheville and the surrounding areas, including downtown, the hospitals, schools, malls, universities and residential areas. Their service hours are from 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; however, you should check your individual route schedule for time variations and Saturday service. Call them at 253-5691 for a local bus schedule. They'll be happy to mail you one.

If you want something fun to do, just call one of these local organization and get involved!

Asheville Breakfast Rotary Club If your focus is service, check into the local Rotary Club. Visit this informational site for more on history, philosophy and membership in this club.

Asheville-Buncombe PC User's Group From engineers to homemakers, the A/B PC User's Group join monthly to share ideas. . . and there's a door prize at each meeting!

Asheville Mushroom Club Have some fun with fungus on a fantastic foray!

Asheville Quilt Guild Gather up those fabric scraps and join other area quilters for fellowship and inspiration.

Asheville Area Ultimate Club meets three times weekly to have fun and ultimately throw their discs around. Visit their site for more on scheduling and to view lots of ultimate action shots.

Asheville Lacrosse Claiming to have two game seasons a year, these guys never let up! I should know, my husband plays on the team! If you want great exercise and good friends, come out to throw the ball with the team.

Asheville Track Club For those who like to run around, all ages and abilities welcome. Visit the site for more info on the exciting First Annual Mount Mitchell to Black Mountain Marathon Challenge!

Blue Ridge Bicycle Club Whether you ride the parkway or the trails, this club has numerous planned rides with experienced leaders. Asheville has some great places to ride - come learn some new routes with the BRBC.

British Car Club of Western North Carolina This club began in 1994 and has grown to over 60 members who like to share their enthusiasm and favorite car wax formula for their British sports cars.

Carolina Mountain Club The Carolina Mountain Club was organized to foster the enjoyment of the mountains through hiking and to encourage the conservation of our natural resources. This purpose is achieved primarily through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. Please choose from the following pages to find out more about the CMC.

Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods If you're interested in starting a neighborhood organization or improving the one you're involved in, contact these folks for info and resources.

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Join these folks for their monthly bird walks and learn more about preservation of our environment.

NIA Fitness Class Ongoing NIA fitness classes are held at the Opportunity House at 1411 Asheville Highway. Call 692-0575 for reservations and information.

Out There Get out there! This group of local folks encourages you to join them for all types of outdoor activities.

Other Information Sources:

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce For more information about Asheville and the activities of our local chamber organization, visit this site.

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