How do I get a marriage license?

Marriage Licensing

Couples should be aware of the following requirements to obtain a marriage license in NH:

  • If applying for your license in the State of New Hampshire you may go to any Town Clerk's office. It doesn't matter where you're getting married. Both parties must present their driver's licenses at the time of application. Also, if it is not a first marriage for either, you must present your final or absolute divorce decree / annulment papers with the seal or death certificate.
  • Blood tests are not required.
  • Your license will be effective immediately, with no waiting period, and remain valid for a period of 90 days.
  • Cost: $50.00
  • After the ceremony, it is your officiant's responsibility to ensure that the completed license is returned to the Town Clerk's Office that you applied with. It will then take approximately 10-14 days for the information to be updated in the vital records system. Please note that out of state officiates will be required to obtain a Special License. For more information about the Special day license, please contact the Secretary of State's office at (603) 271-3242 or view their website.
  • If you would like us to mail your certificate to you, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope, along with a copy of your driver's license and a completed request form. Certified copies may be obtained at a cost of $15 for the first copy, and $10/ea for any subsequent copies requested. Once again, be sure to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope, properly completed request form, a copy of your driver's license.
  • If you want to request your marriage certificate online, please use the following link: click here.

**Important: Please note that you should plan to arrive at the Town Clerk's Office 30 minutes prior to closing to obtain your marriage license, as it will take some time to complete the paperwork. Thank you.