Lakelander 101

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Picture this: You just moved to Lakeland, Florida and you need some help with the practicalities of life (we can’t just sit and watch the swans all day, unfortunately). That’s where we come in. Keep reading for Lakelander 101, our guide to all things Lakeland citizenship

Voter registration

Make sure you’re eligible and registered to vote, find your polling location, and preview upcoming elections + sample ballots here

Head to the Tax Collector for Polk County (916 N. Massachusetts Ave.) to register your vehicle, obtain a license, and more. | Photo via @

Driver’s licenses + vehicle registration

New residents in need of a Florida driver’s license will need to provide proof of legal status, a Social Security document, and two documents confirming your residential address

To register your car in the state of Florida, you’ll need to take proof of Florida 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 Polk County office (such as the Tax Collector’s Office at 916 N.Massachusetts Ave. in Lakeland). 

Initial registrations may be subject to a $225 fee

You can make an appointment at any of Polk County’s offices to obtain a Florida driver’s license. Registration for your vehicle is conducted on a walk-in basis

School registration

Prepare your student for the school year by registering them with Polk County Public Schools. Here, you’ll find your school zone (based on your home address), a list of registration + 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 Lakeland’s private schools, check out Lakeland Mom’s list.

Library card registration

If you think libraries are only for renting the occasional book, think again. Register for a library card at your nearest Lakeland branch, or apply for a temporary card (valid for 30 days) online, to take advantage of:

Genealogy services
eBooks, music, and movies
Online databases 
Private meeting spaces for groups
State park passes

To get your card, you’ll need proof of identity and proof of address. Lakelanders of any age can apply for a free card to be used at any Lakeland branch

Speaking of Lakeland Electric, have you seen its 10-story building reflecting on Lake Mirror? | Photo by LALtoday


Moving is exciting, but no one wants to unpack by candlelight. Establish your services with Lakeland Electric 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.


Thanks for thinking green. For everything you need to know about recycling in Lakeland, from where to place your bin to pickup times + accepted materials, check out our guide

Internet providers 

No connectivity issues here. Check out some of the internet providers in the 863:

EarthLink | Fiber internet starting at $59.95 per month for 12 months 
Frontier | Fiber Gig internet service starting at $74.99 per month for 36 months
HughesNet | Internet service starting at $54.99 per month for six months 
Spectrum | Internet service starting at $49.99 per month for 12 months
Ultra Home Internet | Internet service starting at $54.99 per month
Viasat | Internet service starting at $49.99 per month for three months


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 Lakeland Regional Health, Watson Clinic, or BayCare Medical Group, to name a few. Pro tip: Websites like DocSpot filter physicians by location, patient reviews, insurance, language, and more. 

Is there something you’re still left wondering about getting established in Swan City? Ask us your question and we’ll do our best to answer it for you, like a good neighbor.

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