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Are New Hampshire Vital Records Open to the Public?

Vital records in the state of New Hampshire are designated private and thus not available to unauthorized members of the general public. However, in accordance with the NH Revised Stat. Ann. 5-C:109, marriage, divorce, and death records older than 50 years old, as well as birth records that are more than 100 years old, are public records, provided they have not been resealed by a court rule.

 

What Information Do I Need to Search for New Hampshire Vital Records Online?

Before an online request is processed by the various third party legal researchers, the requesting party must provide sufficient information about the record as well as appropriate ID supporting eligibility. The required basic information includes:

  • Name of the requestor
  • Named party to the record
  • The relationship of the requestor to the named party in the record (father, mother, son, daughter, husband, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent, legal guardian, etc)
  • The reason for record request (personal use, insurance proceeds, authentication, death benefits, and other legal purposes)
  • The name of the city the event was recorded
  • Father’s name and mother’s maiden name (for birth certificates only)
  • Scope of search required (statewide or county limited)
  • Proof of ID revealing that the requestor has a direct and tangible interest
  • The date the event occured
  • The gender of the named party on the record (if applicable)
  • The age of the named party on the record at the time the event took place (if applicable)

 

Publicly available vital records are also managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These websites are generally not limited by geographical record availability and may serve as an adequate starting point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not affiliated with the government. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved provided it is not a juvenile.

 

What Do I Need to Obtain Vital Records in New Hampshire?

Typically, proof of identification is needed to access and obtain copies of vital records in NH. The positive documentary evidence must prove the requester’s relationship to the record of interest. Usually, the accepted ID includes government-issued photo identification and similar documents such as driver’s license, national ID card, passport, etc. However, some older records may be freely available to members of the general public thereby furnishing them with unrestricted access for genealogical purposes.

Are New Hampshire Marriage Records Public Information?

Marriage records are considered to be private and confidential in the state of New Hampshire and thus, not available for the public domain. Authorized persons include the couple the record belongs to, their immediate family members, legal representatives with direct and tangible interest, or someone with written authorization from the court. However, records of marriages registered prior to 1961 or older than 50 years are available with unrestricted access.

 

How Do I Find Marriage Records In New Hampshire?

To effectively find a marriage record in NH, the requesting party must first determine the type of marriage document in question, the most convenient location of the record, the approximate date the record was filed, as well as ID requirements needed to search and obtain copies of the record. Essentially, there are two types of marriage records --marriage licenses and marriage certificates. In addition to the city or town clerks in the various communities, these marriage records are also maintained by the New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Are New Hampshire Divorce Records Public Information?

Most NH divorce records are not public information and are therefore not available to members of the general public upon request. Usually, allowed persons include the divorced parties, their legal representatives, and individuals empowered by a court order. However, records of divorces finalized before 1961 or older than 50 years from the date of the event are available without restrictions.

 

How Do I Find Divorce Records In New Hampshire?

To effectively find a divorce record in NH, requesters are required to provide the names of the divorced parties, the county or city where the divorce originated, the approximate date of divorce, and the necessary ID. After gathering the aforementioned information, requesters may then proceed to either use the service of third-party sites or opt to physically visit the state office or town clerk (for divorces occurring later than 1979) for the service. Alternatively, interested persons may make a request by sending a printed and completed Divorce Application Form via U.S mail to:

New Hampshire Department of State Division of Vital Records Administration
9 Ratification Way
Concord, NH 03301-2455

The fee schedule includes $15 for the first copy and $10 for each additional copy. Usually, third party online services may require additional processing fees (see terms and conditions at the end of the page).

Are New Hampshire Birth Records Public Information?

No, birth records are not public information in the state of New Hampshire. However, for genealogical research purposes, the state statute allows anyone to obtain and view birth records prior to 1911 without prohibitions. In some communities, the city and town clerks allow unrestricted access to birth records older than 100 years.

Furthermore, the New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records Administration maintains birth records for all births registered within the state limits. Notwithstanding, statewide birth records registered after 1935 can also be obtained from every town or city clerk in NH. The only exceptions are birth records registered between 1949 - 1950, in which case the record is maintained at the particular city or town where the individual was born.

 

How Do I Find Birth Records In New Hampshire?

In NH, birth records including birth certificates and pre-adoption birth records can be found by ordering online via third-party vendors or by utilizing the physical visit or mail method options. The requesting party is required to deliver a completed Birth Record Application Form in person or by mail to:

New Hampshire Department of State Division of Vital Records Administration
9 Ratification Way
Concord, NH 03301-2455

Note: The application must be accompanied by a photocopy of a valid photo ID and applicable payment. The standard processing fee is $15 for the first copy and $10 for each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time. However, online expedited orders may incur additional charges.

Are New Hampshire Death Records Public Information?

New Hampshire Death Records recorded prior to 1961 (or records 50 years or older) are considered public information accessible to interested members of the public. However, records of deaths that occurred later than the designated date and period are restricted from public access. As such, restricted records are exclusively accessible to the immediate family members of the deceased, authorized legal personnel, and persons with a court order.

 

How Do I Find Death Records In New Hampshire?

NH death records can be found by ordering online via third-party vendors or by utilizing the physical visit or mail method options. The requesting party is required to deliver a completed Death Record Application Form in person or by mail to:

New Hampshire Department of State Division of Vital Records Administration
9 Ratification Way
Concord, NH 03301-2455

Note: The application must be accompanied by a photocopy of a valid photo ID and applicable payment. The standard processing fee is $15 for the first copy and $10 for each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time. However, online expedited orders may incur additional charges.

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in New Hampshire?

As per statute, marriage, divorce, birth, and death records which are deemed private and confidential in NH can be accessed by legally contesting the restrictions in the court of law. Persons with substantial reasons can do this by filing a petition to the court of law for which the sitting state-licensed judge may issue a court order to that effect. Upon receiving the court order, the individual involved may then proceed to present the document along with the applicable application form to the office tasked with managing and releasing the record of interest.

Furthermore, adoption records are statutorily sealed in NH and persons who wish to obtain them may also challenge the disclosure conditions to court. However, pursuant to a 2014 amendment, non-certified copies of pre-adoption birth information can be obtained by adult adoptees and their immediate legal families. The featured channels of access are by physically visiting the Adoption Unit of the State Department of Health and Human Services or by sending a mail-in request. By mail, the requesting party is required to send a completed Application for Non-Certified Pre-Adoption Record Form with appropriate ID to:

Division of Vital Records Administration
Adoption Coordinator
9 Ratification Way
Concord, NH 03301-2455

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  • State Archives holds over 35,000 cubic feet of records.
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  • There are 11 Superior Court sites in New Hampshire, one for each county and two in Hillsborough County.
  • There are 32 Circuit Court District Division locations around the state of New Hampshire.

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