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New Resident Information

If you are new to the City of Opelika, or are moving here in the very near future, here is information for you that we hope will make your transition easier into our community!  Maps of the City can be picked up at either Opelika City Hall (204 South 7th Street) or right next door at the Opelika Chamber of Commerce Building (601 Avenue A).  If after you've looked over this list of information and still need help finding something, please do not hesitate to call the city's Community Relations Specialist at (334) 705-5136.

Automobile/Vehicle Registration
Register your automobiles and mobile homes within 30 days of becoming a resident at the Lee County Courthouse, 215 S. 9th St. in Opelika. Submit a certificate of title, vehicle registration and possibly a bill of sale to the Lee County Revenue Commissioner. Contact the Motor Vehicle Division at 334-737-3655 .

Business License
Licenses should be obtained from the Revenue Department in City Hall. For further information, contact Lillie Finley at the City of Opelika, License & Tax Division~ 334-705-5160.

City Clerk
R. G. "Bob" Shuman, P.O. Box 390, Opelika, AL 36803 ~ 334-705-5110.

City Utilities
For Opelika residents, water and most of the electricity are provided by the City of Opelika.
Electricity:  Contact Opelika Power Services at~ 334-705-5170. www.opelikapower.com   
Water:        Contact The Water Works Board at~ 334-705-5500. www.owwb.com 
Fiber: Welcome to Alabama’s First GIG City, Opelika, Alabama. Opelika Power Services has been Opelika’s community-owned power company since 1911. We are also a provider of world class telecommunications, utilizing our 100% fiber optic network to offer TV, Telephone and Internet throughout Opelika! OPS can offer you ONE Powerful technology bundle. OPS ONE. Power, Video, Voice and Data services – working together with the convenience of one provider who you know and trust. www.opelikapower.com   

Garbage Collection
The Opelika Environmental Services Department collects garbage throughout the city for which a monthly fee is charged. (This bill comes out with electric bills)  To sign up for garbage collection, visit the customer service department of Opelika Power Services, located at 600 Fox Run Parkway.  334.705.5170

Driver's License
If moving into Alabama from another state, you should obtain an Alabama Driver's License upon establishing residence. The Driver's License Examiner's Office is located at 1220 Fox Run Avenue off of Interstate 85 at Exit 62. Testing is done between 8:00a.m. -4:00p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Gina Irvin at ~ 334-742-9986.

Employment
For information regarding employment in the Opelika area, please contact The Alabama Employment Security Office, telephone ~ 334-749-5065.

Government
The City of Opelika, the county seat of Lee County, Alabama, operates under the Mayor/Council form of government. The Mayor is elected at large and the five City Council members are elected by ward. Elections are held every four years (in the same years as Presidential elections). Lee County operates under the commission form of government with five commissioners elected by district to serve a four-year term. The highest-ranking county official is the Probate Judge, who is elected at-large. Opelika is home of the historic Lee County Courthouse located at 215 South 9th Street in Downtown Opelika.

Gas Service
Apply by phone at the office of ALAGASCO/Spire at 1-800-292-4008.

Health Care
Opelika is served by the 352-bed East Alabama Medical Center, one of the region's finest healthcare facilities with over 132 physicians and 2,000 employees. They are located at 2000 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika. Telephone~ 334-749-3411. www.eamc.org.

Human Services
Lee County Department of Human Resources, 2015 Gateway Drive, Opelika. Jan Burke is the director, and hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Family and Child Services~ 334-737-1100;
Child Support Information~ 334-737-1100;
Food Stamp Information~ 334-737-1100;
AFDC (TANF) or JOBS Information~ 334-737-1100.
After-Hours or Emergency Phone Numbers~ 334-737-1100.

Hunting and Fishing
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. http://www.eregulations.com/alabama/guide/  

Liquor Laws
The legal drinking age for Alabama is 21. Monday through Saturday sales must cease at 2 a.m. All alcoholic beverages purchased outside the state of Alabama are illegal inside the state of Alabama, and are considered contraband. Minors under the age of 21 are permitted to eat in establishments that serve liquor, but they cannot be served alcoholic beverages. Drivers are considered legally intoxicated and may be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol if the alcohol content in their blood is .08 percent. Alabama has an implied-consent breath analysis law. If you are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, you are required to take a breath test. Refusal can result in a 90-day suspension of your driver's license.

Marriage License
To get married without parental consent you must be 18 years or older. To obtain a license, both applicants must appear in person at the Lee County Probate office. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For further information call 334-745-9761.

Newspapers
There are two newspapers in the area. 
1.  Opelika Observer is Opelika's own "hometown" paper, which comes out every Friday.  Their news is centered around Opelika.  For questions and or subscriptions, you can contact them by calling:  334-749-8003.
2.  The Opelika-Auburn News is the area's daily news provider. For questions about the news department or news, call~ 334-749-6271 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday. They are located at 2901 Society Hill Road.  Mail:  P.O. Drawer 2208, Opelika. Fax~ 334-749-1228.

For other weekly newspapers available for local communities, consult “Newspapers” in the Yellow Pages.

Parks and Recreation
For more information, contact Opelika Parks and Recreation at~ 334-705-5560.  To learn more about the Opelika SportsPlex & Aquatics Center, CLICK HERE.

Pets
Leash laws are in effect in Opelika. A current rabies vaccination certificate must be kept. The Lee County Humane Society provides facilities and various services for the benefit of animals. Telephone ~ 334-821-3222.

Power Service
Most of the residents in the City of Opelika are able to utilize the City's own power company services, Opelika Power Services (OPS). If you are not in the area where OPS runs, your electricity provider will either be Alabama Power or Tallapoosa Electric.  Your Realtor or landlord will know which service provider services your location. For information on all of the services provided by Opelika Power Services (OPS), just visit their website at:  http://opelikapower.com/power/   You can reach OPS customer service by calling (334) 705-5170.  

Property Taxes
For information about city, county and state property taxes, contact the Lee County Revenue Commisioner, Lee County Courthouse, Opelika. Telephone~ 334-737-3655.

Public Housing
Opelika Housing Authority, 1706 Toomer Street, P.O. Box 786, Opelika. For information call~ 334-745-4171.

Public Transportation
LETA, The Lee County Transit Authority~ 334-749-9092.

Realtors
Lee County Association of Realtors. Telephone~ 334-321-0606.

Schools
Public School – Opelika City Schools. Children must be 5 years old on or before September 2nd to enter Kindergarten, and six years old on or before September 2nd to enter first grade. Schools are zoned by the location of the child’s residence. Opelika has three primary schools for students in K-3 grades and three intermediate schools for grades 3-5. Opelika Middle School is for grades 6-8, and the High School is grades 9-12. For more information call the Central Office at 334-745-9700. www.opelikaschools.org.

Private Schools - There are four private schools located in Lee County.
Trinity Christian~ 334-745-2464 or www.tcsopelika.org
Lee-Scott Academy~ 334-821-2430 or www.lee-scott.org.
The Village School - 334-887-7726 or www.villageschoolauburn.com
Auburn Classical Academy (334) 821-7081 or  www.auburnclassicalacademy.com    

Colleges and Universities -
Southern Union State Community College~ 334-745-6437 www.suscc.edu
Auburn University, www.auburn.edu.

Social Security Administration
For information call ~ 800-772-1213 or visit us online at www.socialsecurity.gov .   
Local Office: 1800 Corporate Dr., Opelika. Local Phone:  877-512-3857. 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
For online services click here for "My Social Security".


Taxation
State sales tax is 4%, Lee County sales tax is 1%, and the city of Opelika sales tax is 4%, which comes to a total tax of 9%. For additional information, contact Alatax at 205-324-0088.

Voter Registration
Residents of Lee County may register to vote at the Lee County Courthouse in Opelika, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To vote in an election you should register at least 10 days prior to the election. When you register, bring with you a picture ID and proof of local residence (copy of your lease, a check with your address on it, or a bill sent to your local address, etc.) Their phone number is:  (334) 737-3635.