Marriages in New Hampshire may be
performed by the following:
A Justice of the Peace commissioned in the State of New Hampshire;
Any Minister of the gospel in New Hampshire who has been ordained
according to the usage of his or her denomination, who resides in New Hampshire and is in
regular standing with the denomination.
member of the clergy who is not ordained but is engaged in the service of
the religious body to which he or she belongs, resides in New Hampshire, after
being licensed by the Secretary of State.
The secretary of state
may issue a license to an unordained clergy who is a
resident of New Hampshire and who is a member of and engaged in the service of a religious
body which is chartered by the state if he or she presents a certification from that body that he
or she is in its service, together with an application and the statutory fee of $5.00. The
license issued by the secretary of state shall authorize the clergyman to solemnize
marriages in New Hampshire as long as he retains a good standing in his religious body.
By any Minister who resides outside of New Hampshire, but has a
pastoral charge wholly or partly in New Hampshire, if the marriage is performed within his
parish, after being licensed by the Secretary of State.
The secretary of state may issue a
special license to an ordained minister or
unordained minister who resides
outside of New Hampshire to perform a single marriage in New Hampshire. An
application, available through the secretary of state's office, (or the above
link) is required, along with
the statutory fee of $25.00. A special license will be issued to perform one marriage
only. This special license is required to be filed with the regular marriage
license which the couple obtained from the town or city clerk.
The secretary of state may issue a special
license to an individual residing out of state who is authorized or licensed by
law to perform marriages in such individual's state of residence, authorizing
him or her in a special case to marry a couple within the state. The
secretary of state may require the submission of a copy of a valid commission or
other indicia of authority to marry in the individual's state of residence as
proof of existence of that authority. The names and residences of the couple
proposed to be married in such special case shall be stated in the license, and
no power shall be conferred to marry any other parties than those named therein.
The fee for such license shall be $25.00.
Judges of the United States appointed pursuant to Article III of
the United States Constitution, or by United States magistrate judges appointed pursuant
to federal law.
Bankruptcy Judges appointed pursuant to Article I of the United
The secretary of state may issue a
special license to a judge of the United States residing in New Hampshire who is appointed
pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution, to a judge of the United States
Bankruptcy Court residing in this state and appointed pursuant to Article I of the United
States Constitution, or to a United States magistrate judge residing in this state and
appointed pursuant to federal law, to marry a couple within the state. There shall
be a $25.00 fee for each license. A copy of the marriage license of the couple proposed to
be married shall be filed with the secretary of state who shall maintain a permanent
record of all such marriage licenses and the name and residence of the judge or magistrate
performing the ceremony.
For more information you may contact the
Secretary of State's Office at 603-271-3242
Bureau of Vital Records at
- Location: State House, Room 204,
Concord, N.H. 03301
Phone: 603-271-3242 Fax: 603-271-6316