How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in New Hampshire?
The Granite State is made up of rural areas and small cities, filled with hearty New Englanders and lots of small-town charm. New Hampshire is a great place to be married to some gorgeous coastal locations or white mountains for skiing and snow sports.
Rules and Regulations
If you want to get hitched in New Hampshire, you will need to follow the state’s rules and regulations and file for a marriage license beforehand.
- You must be 18 years or older to get married in New Hampshire without parental consent.
- If you are a female and you are 13-17 years old, or a male between the ages of 14-17, you must have parental or legal guardian consent.
- If you are a female younger than 13, or a male 14 or younger, you may not be married under any condition.
- There is no need to be a resident of New Hampshire to be married there.
- No blood test is required for marriage.
- Cousin marriage is not allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal in New Hampshire.
How to Apply
Both of you must apply together, in person at a County Clerk’s office in any town in New Hampshire. If one of you is in the military, this requirement may be waived. You must bring with you the following paperwork:
- You must pay a $50 fee in cash or credit card (no checks accepted) when applying.
- Proof of age and photo ID such as a current, valid driver’s license, passport, or certified copy of your birth certificate.
- Certified copy of your divorce decree, annulment paperwork or death certificate if you have been married before.
- Full names of both parties.
- Date and place of birth for both parties.
- Social security number of both parties.
- Current address of both parties.
- Race and ancestry.
- Highest grade completed.
- Father’s and mother’s full names.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period to use the marriage license, and you can be married the same day if you want. The marriage license is only good for 90 days then it expires, so be sure to plan your wedding accordingly.
Who Can Officiate
An ordained minister, pastor, justice of the peace, Quaker, Jewish rabbi, a deacon, judges, and magistrates are all people legally qualified to perform marriage ceremonies in New Hampshire. The person who officiates at your wedding is responsible for completing and signing the marriage license. They must also return it to the county where you obtained it.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.
You may request a certified copy of your marriage license after it has been filed and recorded by the vital records system in New Hampshire. You can obtain a copy at your local County Clerk’s office. There is a $15 fee for a certified copy.