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 Jan Gunter, the city's Community Relations Specialist, at (334) 705-5136, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 .
R. G. "Bob" Shuman, P.O. Box 390, Opelika, AL 36803 ~ 334-705-5110.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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 Becky Freeman at 334-745-9761.
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; or you can visit their offices in downtown opelika at 225 South 8th Street!
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.
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.
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.
LETA, The Lee County Transit Authority~ 334-749-9092.
Lee County Association of Realtors. Telephone~ 334-321-0606.
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
Social Security Administration
For information call ~ 800-772-1213 or visit us online at www.socialsecurity.gov .
Local Office: 1800 Corporate Dr., Opelika. Jennifer Chandler is the District Manager. 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".
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.
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.