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Any questions regarding aircraft registration should be directed to the Bureau of Aeronautics at 603-271-2552.
Registration contacts:

Danielle R. Plant, Aeronautics Program Supervisor
603-271-1094 or Danielle.Plant@dot.nh.gov

Kathy Schmitt, Aeronautics Program Assistant
603-271-1456 or Katherine.Schmitt@dot.nh.gov

AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

NEW REGISTRATIONS

All New Hampshire residents shall commence the aircraft registration process or waiver process within 10 days of assuming ownership of any aircraft whether or not the aircraft:
(1) Is in a flyable condition; or
(2) Is based or physically located in the state of New Hampshire.

All non-residents shall commence the initial registration process in this state immediately:
(1) Upon engaging in air commerce in this state; or
(2) The aircraft has been located in the state for more than 90 days cumulatively during a registration year.

RENEWALS

Aircraft registration must be renewed on an annual basis. The Bureau of Aeronautics mails renewal forms six (6) weeks prior to the expiration of the certificate. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact us if the renewal form is not received.

REGISTRATION EFFECTIVE DATES

The dates for registration are based on the first numeral of the N-number, not the calendar year.

N# Registration Effective Dates
1 = January 1 to December 31
2 = February 1 to January 31
3 = March 1 to February 28
4 = April 1 to March 31
5 = May 1 to April 30
6 = June 1 to May 31
7 = July 1 to June 30
8 = August 1 to July 31
9 = September 1 to August 31

 

HOW TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION PROCESS

New Aircraft Registration

To begin the registration process, please complete the NH Aircraft Registration Pre-Application form which is a fillable form however, you will need to print it to sign it before you send it to us. Please email it along with a legible copy of a dated bill of sale to Katherine.Schmitt@dot.nh.gov or mail it to:

New Hampshire Dept. of Transportation
Bureau of Aeronautics
PO Box 483
Concord, NH 03302-0483

We will review the completed Pre-Application form and send you an Application for Aircraft Registration which will let you know what the registration fee is.

Once you have received the Application for Aircraft Registration, you will then need to confirm all the information is correct, sign, date and return the Application form to the Bureau of Aeronautics with a check made payable to TREASURER STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

Renewal of Aircraft Registration

Aircraft registration must be renewed on an annual basis. The Bureau of Aeronautics mails renewal forms six (6) weeks prior to the expiration of the certificate. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact us if the renewal form is not received. All aircraft registrations being renewed after January 1, 2019 will be at the new rates per RSA 422:31 III.

An aircraft operating fee will be $100 for an antique, glider or experimental aircraft. The amount of the fee for all other aircraft shall be based on the maximum certified gross weight of the aircraft as follows:

0 - 3,000 lbs. $ 100
3,001 - 8,000 lbs. $ 250
8,001 - 12,500 lbs. $2,500
more than 12,500 lbs. $3,500

We do not currently accept online registrations or payments.

To process your registration renewal form, please follow these steps:

1. Verify Owner Information is correct on the registration form. If not, make changes as necessary on the back of the registration form.

2. Verify the Aircraft Base is correct. If not, enter the correct Aircraft Base.
Aircraft based at private fields, misc., or out of state are assigned to the “State Airport System” (SAS). Since a portion of the operating fee is returned to the public airport where it is based, it is important that we have the correct location listed.

3. Verify the remaining aircraft information is correct. If not, please make corrections.

4. Answer the question “Is the Aircraft Flyable?” by checking the appropriate box. If the answer is NO, you may be eligible for a waiver of the registration fees. If the aircraft is not airworthy and you would like to request an Unflyable Waiver by checking the box to send you an Unflyable Waiver Application.

5. Answer the question “Is the Aircraft based in another state?” by checking the appropriate box. If the answer is YES, you may be eligible to receive a waiver of the registration fees. If the aircraft is based in a state that has comparable registration requirements and you would like to request a Resident Waiver, please do so by checking the box to send you a Resident Waiver Application.

6. Sign and Date the application.

7. If payment is applicable, write a check for the amount due payable to TREASURER STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.

8. Mail signed application and any applicable fee to the Bureau of Aeronautics using the envelope enclosed with your registration notice.

REGISTRATION FEES

The registration fees will be determined by the Bureau of Aeronautics based on when the aircraft came into the state due to the recent change in the regulations regarding the aircraft fees.

New Aircraft purchased or brought into NH on or after July 1, 2018:

A new registration of aircraft purchased or brought into NH on or after July 1, 2018 will be assessed a registration fee based on the revised RSA 422:31 III. An aircraft operating fee will be $100 for an antique, glider or experimental aircraft. The amount of the fee for all other aircraft shall be based on the maximum certified gross weight of the aircraft as follows:

0-3,000 lbs. $ 100
3,001-8,000 lbs. $ 250
8,001-12,500 lbs. $2,500
more than 12,500 lbs. $3,500

New Aircraft purchased or brought into NH prior to July 1, 2018:

A new registration of aircraft that was purchased or brought into NH prior to July 1, 2018, will be subject to the old rates. The Bureau of Aeronautics will determine the appropriate fees that are due based on a formula using a combination of mill-rate and gross weight, as well as a registration fee.

 

AIRCRAFT BASED IN ANOTHER STATE

Registration is still required even if the aircraft is based in another state and owned by a NH resident. However, you may apply for a Resident Waiver of the registration fees. You may apply for a waiver by submitting a Resident Waiver application form and required documentation to verify registration in the based state.

Tra 903.04 Aircraft Registration and Operating Fee Waivers.

(a) A New Hampshire resident seeking a waiver of registration for an aircraft based in another state in accordance with RSA 422:22, V shall submit an “Aircraft Resident Waiver Application” form together with the following information to the bureau:

(1) The N number of the aircraft;

(2) A copy of a certificate of aircraft registration issued by another state; or

(3) A statement, affidavit or other signed writing from another state's aircraft registry or other agency charged with regulating the privilege of ownership or operation of aircraft, stating that the applicant:

a. Is in compliance with all laws regarding aircraft registration, ownership or operation in effect in the issuing state; or

b. Has paid all state and local taxes or fees or both which would have been assessed upon the aircraft if applicant had claimed residency in such state; and

(4) The signature of the applicant.

 

UNFLYABLE AIRCRAFT

Registration is still required even if the aircraft is not in an airworthy condition. However, you may apply for an Unflyable Waiver of the registration fees. You may apply for a waiver by submitting an Unflyable Waiver application form and required documentation to describe its unairworthiness.

Below are the requirements to apply for an Unflyable Waiver:

Tra 903.04 Aircraft Registration and Operating Fee Waivers.

(b) A New Hampshire resident seeking a waiver of registration for an unflyable aircraft in accordance with RSA 422:22, VI shall submit an “Unflyable Aircraft Waiver Application”, together with the following information to the bureau:

(1) The N number of the aircraft;

(2) The date of the last annual inspection of the aircraft;

(3) The tachometer hours as shown in the aircraft’s logbook;

(4) A written statement or photographs which indicate that at least one of the following situations rendering the aircraft unflyable is present:

a. The aircraft is fully or partially dismantled or disassembled, by means of:

1. The removal of one or more engines;

2. The removal of one or more wings;

3. The removal of the main rotor assembly, if for a rotary-wing aircraft;

4. The removal of 20 percent or more of the aircraft fuselage or main structure; or

5. The removal of 20 percent or more of the external covering or skin of the aircraft;

b. The removal of 50 percent or more of the flight control mechanisms and/or surfaces, including:

1. Elevators, stabilators, or other surfaces used to control pitch attitude;

2. Rudders or other surfaces used to control yaw attitude;

3. Ailerons or other surfaces used to control roll attitude;

4. Flaps or other surfaces used to modify the lift characteristics of the aircraft;

5. Linkages, rods, or cables or any supporting structures for connections between the flight control surfaces and the pilot's station in the aircraft; or

6. The controls at the pilot's station which activate the flight surfaces;

c. The aircraft is under construction and is incomplete;

d. The aircraft has substantial damage due to an accident or some other cause, and cannot be flown until repairs are made;

e. The aircraft is unairworthy, meaning:

1. It has not been certified as airworthy by a qualified mechanic within the past 12 months; or

2. Physical defects are present in the aircraft's structural components necessary for normal flight, rather than administrative defects in the aircraft's documentation or ownership; and

(5) The signature of the applicant.






New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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