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New Resident of New Hampshire

Welcome to New Hampshire!

Once a person has established residency in New Hampshire (RSA 21:6 and RSA 259:88, he/she has a maximum of 60 days to register his/her vehicle(s) and obtain a New Hampshire driver license (RSA 261:45 and RSA 263:35).

Registrations

How do I register my vehicle?

To register a vehicle owned by you, submit the title, along with proof of residency, to the town or city clerk's office where you reside.

If the vehicle is leased, if there is a lienholder or if the vehicle is title-exempt, submit the following to the town or city office where you reside:

  • The out-of-state registration.
  • Lease agreement, if applicable.
  • Lienholder's name and address.
  • Proof of residency.

How much are the fees to register my vehicle?

Registration fees differ for each vehicle. Contact your town or city office.

Do I have to have my vehicle safety and emissions inspected?

Yes. All vehicles must be safety inspected by an Official Authorized Inspection Station. Antique vehicles (vehicles 40 years old or older) are inspected biennially. Vehicles that are newer than 1996 must be emissions inspected (RSA 266:1).

Titles

What is the process for obtaining a title in New Hampshire?

Title applications are prepared by a New Hampshire city or town clerk or a New Hampshire licensed dealer or a lending institution.

I have moved to New Hampshire, and my title is held by a lien holder. How can I obtain a New Hampshire title?

Contact the city or town clerk where you reside (town or city office).

I have moved to New Hampshire, and my title is held by an out-of-state lien holder. My plates have expired or are about to expire. What should I do?

You may be eligible for a 60-day, temporary plate.

Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card

How can I obtain a New Hampshire driver license or non-driver identification card if I am a US Citizen?

All first time New Hampshire license applicants who are US Citizens and who hold a valid out-of-state driver's license may go to any DMV office and must bring Required Driver License Documentation Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol and also must complete an Application For Driver License Or Non-Driver Id Card Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (DSMV 450).

If applying for a Commercial Driver License, complete an Application For Commercial Driver License Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol (DSMV 312).

How can I obtain a New Hampshire driver license or non-driver identification card if I am not a US Citizen?

All first time New Hampshire driver license applicants holding Visas, permanent resident cards, refugees, asylees and employment authorization card holders (EAD), must apply at:

NH Dept. of Safety
DMV - Driver Licensing
23 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
Telephone: (603) 227-4000

Am I required to turn in my out-of-state driver license or identification card to receive one from New Hampshire?

A person will not receive a New Hampshire driver license unless he/she surrenders to the NH DMV all valid driver licenses in his/her possession issued to him/her by any other state or jurisdiction (RSA 263:4).

Will I receive my driver license or non-driver identification card on the same day I apply?

All applicants will receive a 60-day paper temporary. The permanent license or non-driver identification card will be mailed to the applicant within 60 days.

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New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles | 23 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH 03305
TDD Access: Relay NH (800) 735-2964