New Hampshire Marriage License Information

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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If you've just set a date for your wedding, this can be an exciting time for the two of you!

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a New Hampshire marriage license. It is recommended to contact the City Clerk's office to verify this information and suggest that you get this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date. For a list of all the Town Clerks, by county, click here.

Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!

Requirements may vary as each county in New Hampshire could have their own requirements.

ID and Residency Requirements in New Hampshire

You will need photo identification, such as your driver's license. If you are 25 years or younger, you may be asked to show a certified copy of your birth certificate. You will also need to provide a Social Security number.

You do not have to be a resident of New Hampshire.

A marriage license in New Hampshire is valid for ninety (90) days.

Same-Sex Marriage

Yes. Effective January 1, 2010, same-sex marriage is legal in New Hampshire. In the past, as of January 1, 2008, same-sex civil unions were allowed in New Hampshire.

Previous Marriages

If you have been divorced, a certified copy of your divorce decree is required. If widowed, bring in a copy of your spouse's death certificate.

Waiting Period and Blood Test Requirement in New Hampshire

None—there is no waiting period in New Hampshire and there is no blood test requirement.

Although the waiting period was canceled in 2006, you may still find official county or city websites that wrongly mention a 3-day waiting period to receive your marriage license. You can read the documentation in Title XLIII, Chapter 457 of the New Hampshire RSA for the full text of the law.

If you have questions, we recommend that you contact the City or County Clerk where you want to get married.

Fees in New Hampshire

The fee to obtain a marriage license in any town in New Hampshire is $50. The marriage license fee is payable in cash or by debit and/or credit card, no checks are accepted. The license fee is set by RSA 457:29 and is payable to the City Clerk at the time the intentions are filed.

Under 18

The law is complicated in New Hampshire. Individuals under the age of 18 may not marry in New Hampshire without parental approval and a judicial waiver. Brides must be at least 13 years of age and grooms must be at least 14 years of age before their parents can apply for a judicial waiver.

Proxy Marriage in New Hampshire


Cousin Marriage in New Hampshire


Common-Law Marriage in New Hampshire

Not if you are both alive. Common-law marriages are only recognized in New Hampshire at death for estate/inheritance purposes. (N.H. RSA. 457:39)

Officiants in New Hampshire

Weddings can be solemnized by a judge, supreme court justice, assistant judge, justice of the peace, priest, rabbi, or minister residing in New Hampshire. Non-resident clergy needs to receive a special license from the Secretary of State.

Order a Copy of a Certificate of Marriage

Order a copy online 

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.

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