Getting Married in New Hampshire
Getting married in New Hampshire is a simple process. You will need to obtain a marriage license and have a ceremony performed by an approved officiant. You do not need to be a New Hampshire resident to married here, there is no waiting period to receive a license and you do not need witnesses to your marriage.
Obtaining a Marriage License:
All persons wishing to be married in 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 be present to obtain the license and both must bring the following relevant identification and documents (unless one of the parties is in the military and unable to return to New Hampshire before the ceremony):
- 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).
If one of the parties is under the age of 18, contact the city or town clerk for information on obtaining parental consent or a judicial waiver.
If one of the parties is in the military and unable to return to New Hampshire before the ceremony, contact the city or town clerk for instructions.
New Hampshire marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of filing. After the ceremony, your officiant must complete the license and return it to the town of applicancy, after which you may obtain a copy of the marriage certificate by visiting the town clerk or city hall. Who Can Perform a Wedding Ceremony in New Hampshire?
Marriage in New Hampshire may be performed by:
- A Justice of the Peace commissioned in the State of New Hampshire
- Any Minister of the gospel in New Hampshire who has been ordained according to the usage of his or her denomination, who resides in New Hampshire and is in regular standing with the denomination.
- Any member of the clergy who is not ordained but is engaged in the service of the religious body to which he or she belongs, resides in New Hampshire, after being licensed by the Secretary of State.
- Any Minister who resides outside of New Hampshire, but has a pastoral charge wholly or partly in New Hampshire, if the marriage is performed within his parish, after being licensed by the Secretary of State.
- An individual who resides outside of New Hampshire, who is authorized or licensed by law in their state of residence to perform marriages, after being licensed by the Secretary of State.
- Judges of the United States appointed pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution, or by United States magistrate judges appointed pursuant to federal law, after being licensed by the Secretary of State.
- Bankruptcy judges appointed pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution, after being licensed by the Secretary of State.
- New Hampshire Supreme Court justice, superior court judge, or circuit court judge, after being licensed by the secretary of state.
For complete details on who may perform a ceremony in New Hampshire, please visit the Secretary of State website here