Picture this: You just moved to San Antonio and you need some help with the practicalities of life (we can’t just sit back and drink margaritas all day, unfortunately). That’s where we come in. Keep reading for San Antonian 101, our guide to all things San Antonio citizenship.
Make sure you’re eligible + registered to vote, find your polling location, and preview upcoming elections and sample ballots here.
Driver’s licenses and vehicle registration
To register your car in the state of Texas, you’ll need to bring proof of State car insurance, proof of your identity (in the form of a driver’s license, passport, or ID card), and a Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification form to any Bexar County tax office (such as the Tax Collector’s office at 233 N. Pecos La Trinidad).
Initial registrations may be subject to a $50.75 fee.
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 the Gonzaba Medical Group, University Health System, or Centro Med, 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 one of Bexar County’s many schools districts, like San Antonio ISD. Here, you’ll find your school zone (based on your home address), a list of registration and immunization requirements, and the student entry form. With your required documents in hand, you’ll then make an appointment at your student’s zoned school to complete the registration process.
For information on San Antonio’s private schools, check out Fun 4 Alamo Kids’ lists.
Library card registration
If you think libraries are only for renting the occasional book, think again. Register for a library card at your nearest San Antonio branch, or apply for an eCard (valid for 90 days) online, to take advantage of:
- Genealogy services
- eBooks, eAudio, and eMagazines
- Movies and music
- Online databases
To get your card, you’ll need proof of identity and proof of address. San Antonians of any age can apply for a free card to be used at any San Antonio branch.
Thanks for thinking green. For everything you need to know about recycling in San Antonio, from where to place your bin to pickup times and accepted materials, check out our guide.
Moving is exciting, but no one wants to unpack by candlelight. Establish your services with CPS Energy by creating an account or updating your address in your existing account. Pro tip: You can complete a free virtual energy audit to learn how you can save money and energy every month.
No connectivity issues here. Check out some of the internet providers in the 210:
- Spectrum | Starting at $49.99 per month
- AT&T Internet | Fiber internet starting at $35 per month
- Google Fiber | Fiber internet starting at $70 per month
- Viasat | Starting at $49.99 per month
The ultimate San Antonian initiation
Having a State driver’s license and a 210 area code may qualify you on paper, but you’re not officially a San Antonian until you’ve taken part in some local fun that is only found in Alamo City.
The biggest party of the year, with a cause. With it’s rich history dating back to the 19th century — like the Battle of Flowers Parade — San Antonians take to the streets yelling “show us your shoes” with homemade hats, colorful outfits, and Fiesta Medals. You don’t want to miss the parades, foodie festivals, and more. Pro tip: Try a chicken on a stick.
San Antonio is home to a plethora of coffee shops and trucks. They’re a great places to learn about the city’s culture, meet new friends, work remotely, and check out a pop-up market or two.
Smack dab in the middle of San Antonio, is the site of the former Pearl Brewery turned mixed use space. Here you can find weekend farmers markets, free seasonal movie screenings by Slab Cinema, and plenty of bars + restaurants including Southerleigh, Best Quality Daughter, High Street Wine, and Mi Roti.
Is there something you’re still left wondering about to get you properly established in the 210? Ask us your question and we’ll do our best to answer it for you, like a good neighbor.