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FAQs

    1.  If I notice a traffic signal that is either malfunctioning or damaged, who do I call?
    2.  Where do I go to renew my driver's license?
    3.  Where do I go to take the driver's test?
    4.  Does Opelika have a curbside recycling program?
    5.  Can I rent the facilities found in the City's parks?
    6.  Where do I go to get a marriage license?
    7.  How do I register to vote?
    8.  How do I get connected to and/or get questions answered about my water bill?
    9.  Why didn't my trash get picked up?
    10.  Are there some "trash" items the city will not pick up?
    11.  What do I do if I get a traffic ticket?
    12.  How do I get information on properties around Opelika?
    13.  How do I request copies of public records from the city?
    14.  How do I report something suspicious in my neighborhood without giving my name?
    15.  How do I get a copy of a police report?
 
    Q.  If I notice a traffic signal that is either malfunctioning or damaged, who do I call?
    A.  To report a non-functioning light, please call (334) 705-5400.  This is the main number for the city's Public Works Division.
    Q.  Where do I go to renew my driver's license?
    A.  If you have a valid driver's license that needs renewing (without having to take the driver's test), you will need to go to the Lee County Courthouse, located at 215 South 9th Street in downtown Opelika.  Their phone number is:  (334) 737-3665. 
    Q.  Where do I go to take the driver's test?
    A.  To take both the written and driving test, go to the testing facilities located at the old USA Factory Outlet Stores, located on Fox Run Parkway, right by the State Troopers office.  For times of testing call:  (334) 742-9986.
    Q.  Does Opelika have a curbside recycling program?
    A.  Yes we do!  You can visit the recycling page on this website by CLICKING HERE.  For Curbside recycling signup, CLICK HERE.
    Q.  Can I rent the facilities found in the City's parks?
    A.  Yes, you certainly can!  The City of Opelika has several beautiful facilities available for rent that offer the perfect solution to large gatherings or special events.  Just call 705-5560 for more information.
    Q.  Where do I go to get a marriage license?
    A.  You can go to the Lee County Courthouse, located at 215 South 9th Street in downtown Opelika.  Once inside the building, you should go to the Probate Judge's office.  Their phone number is:  (334) 737-3670.
    Q.  How do I register to vote?
    A. 

You will need to go to the Board of Registrars office, located at the Lee County Courthouse in downtown Opelika at 215 South 9th Street.  When you enter the Lee County Court House, stay on the main floor and go to the end of the hall.  The registration offices will be on your left.  Their office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  If you have other questions, their number is:  (334) 737-3635.  Please NOTE:  When you go to vote, you will need to carry a picture ID with you


    Q.  How do I get connected to and/or get questions answered about my water bill?
    A.  The Opelika Water Works, while affiliated with the City of Opelika, is governed by its own Board. Their administrative offices are located at 502 Geneva Street near downtown Opelika.  You can reach the Opelika Water Works Administrative offices by calling:  (334) 705-5500. 
    Q.  Why didn't my trash get picked up?
    A. 

There are several reasons why your trash may not be picked up and Opelika Environmental Services wants to let you know about these reasons, so you can help us out.

  • The trash was placed under power, cable or phone lines.  Employees will not pick up trash under any type of power or communications lines.  Our equipment has a hard time maneuvering under them, and its simply not safe for our employees.
  • The trash was too close to mailboxes, tree lines or power poles.  Trash needs to be placed 4-5 feet from all of these to ensure that our equipment can safely pick up trash, without causing any damage to private property.
  • Trash was blocked by a vehicle.  Please dont place your trash behind regular parking spots.
  • Trash was placed on a vacant lot.  We will not pick up trash off of vacant lots because there are no city services to rendered to vacant lots!
  • Trash (appliances) had no tags.  The City of Opelika will pick up used appliances, but you must purchase a special tag for the city to do this.  Non-hazardous appliance tags are $5 and hazardous appliance (i.e. refrigerators, freezers, and microwaves) tags are $15.  You can purchase these at the Opelika Revenue Department, located in City Hall at 204 South 7th Street.
  • Cut down trees and other wood was too large.  The City of Opelika will only pick up limbs and tree parts that are less than 6 inches in diameter and 5 feet in length. If limbs are larger than this, call us at 334.705.5480 for a quote.  Our equipment cannot handle larger wood, and we will not cut it to pick it up.

    Q.  Are there some "trash" items the city will not pick up?
    A.  Yes.  There are certain items that the City of Opelika will not ever pick up and you should know about these.
  • We DO NOT pick up paint, iron, rocks, building remodeling, concrete or dirt.  We will pick up completely empty paint cans that have been filled with either sand or kitty litter, however.  You should let the inside of the paint can completely dry out first, though. (If you have a good amount of paint left in the can and it is still usable why not donate it to the Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, HazMat or Christmas in April?)
  • We DO NOT pick up tires.
  • We DO NOT pick up automobile motors or any other auto parts
  • We DO NOT pick up batteries. You can bring them to our recycling center on Jeter Avenue. 

    Q.  What do I do if I get a traffic ticket?
    A.  If you get a traffic ticket, and are guilty of the offense, then you should contact the Court Clerk at (334) 705-5190 and get the fine amount. You must come in personally and pay the fine before the court date on the ticket.  OR, if you wish, you can pay your ticket online by CLICKING HERE.

If you feel you are not guilty, then come to court on the date and time specified on your ticket. The Officer who issued you the ticket will have the burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The important thing to remember is if you don't pay the ticket before your court date, and then you don't show up for your court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued, and your driver's license will be suspended. So either pay the ticket off before hand OR come to court!

    Q.  How do I get information on properties around Opelika?
    A.  If you are looking at "abandoned" property, empty lots, or just need to do some research on properties, that information can be found at the Lee County Courthouse, located in downtown Opelika at 215 South 9th Street.  Their phone number is:  (334) 737-3658.  The Lee County Courthouse is open on Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

OR you can go online at www.deltacomputersystems.com or www.leecountymaps.com and search records at these places.
    Q.  How do I request copies of public records from the city?
    A. 

In order to request copies of public records, you will need to fill out a public records request form in its entirety and either bring it in - or mail it - to the mayor's office, located at 204 South 7th Street.  Once the request form has been approved, the city will notify you when the documents you've requested can be picked up.  Please note:  there is a "per page" fee for all documents.


    Q.  How do I report something suspicious in my neighborhood without giving my name?
    A. 

Call the department's "Secret Witness Hotline" at (334) 745-8665. This is a voice mail answering machine. You do not have to leave your name. Simply give us a brief description of the problem and we will act on your tip. Your anonymity is assured.


    Q.  How do I get a copy of a police report?
    A. 

Come to the Opelika Police Department during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. central time) and ask for the Records Division. This is located on the second floor of the building. There is a three dollar ($3) charge for each report copy. Please bring cash or money orders. No checks are accepted. If you have any questions you may call one of our records clerks at (334) 705-5294.