Legal Info

A Marriage Certificate is a copy of the record certified by a city or town clerk or by the registrar of vital records and health statistics which serves as evidence of the fact of the marriage/civil union.

For more detailed information, please Click here for the NH Govt. site

License/Certificate information

  • There is no waiting period. You can get married immediately after receiving your license.
  • You should apply at least 7 days before your ceremony, preferrably about a month in advance to account for any delays from your town.
  • Your license is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. You must marry within 90 days.
  • You do not need a bloodtest
  • You do not have to be a NH resident to apply for a license. Anyone can apply at any city or town clerk's office and then be married in any city or town in NH.
  • Both parties must be present to apply for a license. For parties in the armed forces who cannot be present, please go here for more information.
  • To get your license you will need to bring:
    1. Photo ID's (driver's licenses)
    2. Certified copies of birth certificates
    3. If divorced, you will need a certified copy of your divorce decree
    4. If widowed, your spouses death certificate.
  • I will submit your paperwork from your wedding to your town clerk immediately after your ceremony. However, it may take up to two weeks following your wedding to receive your marriage certificate from your town.

457:31 Who May Solemnize?

Marriage may be solemnized by a justice of the peace as commissioned in the state; by any minister of the gospel in the state who has been ordained according to the usage of his or her denomination, resides in the state, and is in regular standing with the denomination; by any clergyman who is not ordained but is engaged in the service of the religious body to which he or she belongs, resides in the state, after being licensed therefore by the secretary of state; within his or her parish, by any minister residing out of the state, but having a pastoral charge wholly or partly in this state.