How to Get Your New Hampshire Marriage Certificate With the Help of DoNotPay
Are you a New Hampshire couple looking to formalize or legalize your marriage? First of all, congratulations on your union! Of course, a wedding ceremony is most likely atop your priorities at the moment. But beyond that, you also need to start thinking about the New Hampshire marriage certificate - a government-issued official document stating that two people are legally married.
In this article, we'll explain how to get your new marriage certificate in New Hampshire, what it will cost you, the challenges you may face, the documents you need, and more. We'll also provide tips for getting your new marriage license quickly and efficiently with the help of DoNotPay. So let's get started.
The Difference Between Marriage Certificates and Marriage Licenses
By definition, a marriage license is a legal document issued by the state of New Hampshire that allows couples to marry. The license itself doesn't make anyone officially "married"; instead, it simply states that the couple has been permitted to be wed by the state. The actual process of marrying someone requires a separate step called a marriage ceremony before an officiant and witnesses.
On the flip side, a marriage certificate is an official record of a marriage that can be used to prove marital status and other important things like child custody, inheritance rights, and immigration status. It also proves that a couple was legally married if they later divorced. Many couples choose to have both their licenses and certificates for these reasons. However, there are some situations where only one of them is necessary, such as when a couple wants to apply for a joint mortgage loan.
So the key difference between the two documents is that a marriage license is what you get before getting married (like a marriage application). And a marriage certificate is a legal statement confirming that you're officially married. Thus, it's obtained after filling out the marriage license, holding a ceremony, getting it signed, and returning it to the county.
Who Can Get a Marriage Certificate Copy in New Hampshire?
To be eligible to apply for a copy of your marriage certificate in New Hampshire, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be 18 years old or older.
- You must not already have a valid marriage license.
- You must live within the borders of the state of New Hampshire.
- You must be able to read and write English.
- You must be willing to sign a declaration indicating that you understand the responsibilities of being married.
- You must be physically present during the time the marriage license is processed.
How Much Does it Cost to Get a Marriage Certificate Copy in New Hampshire?
|City/County/State Office||Contact Address and Phone Number||Marriage Certificate Processing Fee|
|New Hampshire Vital Records||9 Ratification Way
Concord, NH 03301-2410
|City of Dover||City Clerk's Office
City Hall 288 Central Avenue
Dover, NH 03820
|City of Nashua||City Clerks Office
City Hall / 229 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
|Keene City Clerk||3 Washington St
Keene, NH 03431
What Documents Do I Need to Get a Copy of a Marriage Certificate in New Hampshire?
When applying for a marriage certificate in New Hampshire, be sure to bring the following documents with you:
- Your original marriage license
- Your original ID
- A certified copy of your birth certificate
- Proof of residency - either a driver's license or voter registration card
How Can You Get a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate Without Help?
If you wish to take the DIY route to get a copy of your marriage certificate, this section is for you. For starters, you'll need to obtain a certified copy of your marriage license. That is, you'll have to take your original marriage license to a local office, pay the fee, fill out the paperwork, and return it to the exact location. Once you've done all of that, the clerk will issue you a certified copy of your license.
However, you should know that obtaining a certified copy of your New Hampshire marriage license may be quite lengthy. The process involves sending the original document to the Department of Health in Concord, which will mail you a receipt. After receiving the receipt, you'll need to send the original back to the county where you originally got your license. Finally, once the county gets the original, they'll issue you a certified copy.
How to Get a Marriage Certificate in New Hampshire Instantly With the Help of DoNotPay
If you want to Order/Get a Marriage Certificate Copy in New Hampshire but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in seven easy steps:
- Go to the Certificates of Marriage product on DoNotPay.
- Select whether the certificate belongs to you or a relative/loved one. If it belongs to someone else, enter the details of both people on the certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. If the certificate is yours, enter the details of your spouse.
- Enter the city, state, and county where the marriage certificate was issued as well as the date it was issued.
- Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.
- Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.
- Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.
- If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail in your request form with a check on your behalf.
And that's it. Your marriage certificate copy request will be sent and on its way. You should hear back from them within a few weeks with updates once your request has been processed.
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