How to Get Married in New Hampshire

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, New Hampshire!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, New Hampshire!

How to Get Married in New Hampshire

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: All persons wishing to be married in the State of New Hampshire must complete a Marriage License Application with any City or Town Clerk regardless of their place of residence. This includes out-of-state residents. Once the marriage license is issued, the couple is free to marry within any city or town in the State of New Hampshire.

Both individuals must appear at the same time in the Office of the City Clerk. However, if either party (or both) is a member of the armed forces, he or she shall forward an affidavit of marriage intentions, prepared by the armed forces legal representative, to the City Clerk, if he or she cannot appear in person.

Identification Requirements: (no photo or electronic copies):

  • Proof of age (example – driver's license, passport, certified birth certificate)
  • Photo identification (example – driver's license or passport)
  • Certified copy of a death certificate of a former spouse, if either applicant is widowed
  • Certified copy of a final divorce decree, if either applicant is divorced
  • Certified copy of a civil annulment decree, if the applicant's previous marriage was annulled (This is a court document).

Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a translation that has been signed by the translator. A notary must witness the translator's signature.

A male or female who has reached the age of 18 can marry without parental permission. Marriage is not permitted in New Hampshire between people who are related by blood as first cousins or in any more direct lineage. There is no waiting period in the State of New Hampshire.

Under 18: A female between the age of 13 and 17 years and a male between the age of 14 and 17 years can be married only with the permission of their parent (guardian) and a waiver. A female below the age of 13 and a male below the age of 14 are not allowed to marry under any condition.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: The fee to apply for a marriage license in New Hampshire is $45.00. Payment can be made with cash, bank check, or a money order.

Officiants: Marriage may be performed by: 

  • A Justice of the Peace commissioned in New Hampshire
  • A minister of the gospel in New Hampshire who has been ordained to the usage of his denomination, resides in New Hampshire and is in regular standing with the denomination
  • A minister within his parish, residing outside New Hampshire, but having a pastoral charge wholly or partly in New Hampshire
  • Jewish Rabbis who are citizens of the United States and reside in this state
  • Quakers
  • A deacon in the Roman Catholic Church ordained according to the usage of his denomination
  • Judges of the United States, a US magistrate judge residing in this state pursuant to federal law, a clergyman who are not ordained, and non-resident Justices of the Peace, ministers and Jewish Rabbis, after being licensed by the Secretary of State.

Your marriage ceremony may be performed at any wedding chapel, church, Office of Civil Marriages, or anywhere a licensed minister or other person authorized to solemnize a marriage is willing to perform a ceremony within the State of Nevada.

Valid: In New Hampshire, a license is valid for use for 90 days from the date of the application.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is legal in New Hampshire.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

How many of you are getting married in New Hampshire?