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New Hampshire Public RecordsNew Hampshire was first inhabited by European settlers in the early 1600s and officially became one of the original 13 colonies that banded together to fight the British during the Revolutionary War. Officially named a state in 1788, as the ninth state to join the Union, New Hampshire boasts one of the longest histories in America. Fortunately, there are many archives to document the history of this state, from historic files dating back centuries to more recent birth and death records for New Hampshire residents who have called this state home in later generations. Locating public records for New Hampshire is a relatively easy process, since most searches originate at the New Hampshire state government website. From the main page, researchers can find documents through departments like the Vital Records Administration and Archives and Records Management. This streamlined approach is an efficient one for those interested in obtaining public records in New Hampshire for personal, professional or academic use.

When launching a public records search in New Hampshire, consider the following:

  • New Hampshire public records searches begin with the state government website.
  • Some of the public records stored in New Hampshire date back centuries.
  • Access to some public records in the state is restricted under state law.
  • Genealogical records in New Hampshire are best accessed in person when possible.
  • Identification is required to obtain official copies of New Hampshire public records.
  • New Hampshire Public Records Search: Who is Authorized?

    Many public records in New Hampshire are restricted to individuals who have a “direct and tangible interest” in the record under state law. This generally means that those who can access NH public records include the person listed on the document, immediate family members by either birth or marriage, and legal representatives of either of these parties. In addition, records may be made available to members of law enforcement or those requiring the information for legal purposes.

    This access rule applies to birth, death, marriage and divorce records in New Hampshire. The restriction is in place for a limited amount of time, however. The state allows New Hampshire birth certificates to become public information after 100 years, while death, marriage and divorce records are made public after 50 years. This date is counted back from the date of the event, and provides unrestricted access after this time period is complete.

    With many additional archives to choose from that date back even earlier, those interested in researching New Hampshire residents will find a wealth of resources at their disposal.

    Public Records Locations for New Hampshire

    Nearly all public records in New Hampshire can be located under the general umbrella of the state government. The Division of Vital Records Administration holds the majority of the more recent documents, including birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. The application for requesting these documents can be found online at the New Hampshire state government website. Applicants are required to provide a copy of photo identification, as well as specific information about the applicant’s relationship to the subject on the document.

    Other New Hampshire public records can be found at the Archives and Records Management office. This department holds a host of fascinating genealogical documents for the state – some dating as far back as the 1600s!  Choose from New Hampshire probate records, military records and census files, as well as the standard birth, death and marriage records that date far beyond what is stored at the Division of Vital Records. Additional information of interest includes photographs, government rosters and court records.

    These NH public records are best accessed in person when possible, although the office will attempt to fill requests by mail or email if the requests provide complete information to assist researchers on their search.

    Public Records Online in New Hampshire

    To make an online New Hampshire public records search possible, the Division of Vital Records Administration has placed many of their vital records online, dating from 1995 to the present. This service allows anyone to access and view public records in New Hampshire, although restriction rules are still enforced for those who wish to obtain certified copies of official documents.

    Online access is not available at this time for records held by the Office of Archives and Records Management. These files must be accessed in person, or requests can be made by mail or email.



     
    State of New Hampshire Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    1,809,315

     
    Under 18:
    298,186

     
    Over 65:
    165,742

     
    Employed:
    861,053

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    8,968.10

     
    Acres of Farms:
    444,879

     
    Births:
    14,420

     
    Deaths:
    10,194

     
    Infant Deaths:
    70

     
     
    Murder:
    13

     
    Forcible Rape:
    391

     
    Robbery:
    419

     
    Assault:
    1,246

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    2,069

     
    Burglary:
    4,286

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    21,853

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,387

     
    Total Property Crime:
    27,526

     
    New Hampshire Public Records Locations
    Department of Safety, DMV
    Crash Section, Bur. of Financial Resp
    23 Hazen Dr
    Concord, NH 03305
    Phone:
    603-271-2128

     
    603-271-2322

    Fax:
    603-271-1555










    Attorney General's Office
    33 Capitol St
    Concord, NH 03301-6397
     
    603-271-3655

    Fax:
    603-271-2110










     
    Department of State
    Bureau of Vital Records
    71 South Fruit St
    Concord, NH 03301-2410
    Phone:
    603-271-4650

    Fax:
    603-271-3447










    Secretary of State
    Corporation Division
    107 N Main St
    Concord, NH 03301-4989
     
    603-271-3244

    Fax:
    603-271-3247










     
    State Police Headquarters
    Criminal Records, James H. Hayes Bldg,
    33 Hazen Dr
    Concord, NH 03305
    Phone:
    603-271-2538

    Fax:
    603-271-2339










    Department of State
    Division of Vital Records Admin
    71 South Fruit St
    Concord, NH 03301-2410
    Phone:
    603-271-4650

    Fax:
    603-271-3447










     
    Department of State
    Division of Vital Records Admin
    71 South Fruit St
    Concord, NH 03301-2410
    Phone:
    603-271-4650

    Fax:
    603-271-3447










    Department of Motor Vehicles
    Driving Records
    23 Hazen Dr
    Concord, NH 03305
    Phone:
    603-271-2322

    Fax:
    603-271-1555










     
    Adult Education - Dept of Education
    GED Testing
    21 S Fruit Street #20
    Concord, NH 03301
    Phone:
    603-271-6699

    Fax:
    603-271-3454










    Governor's Office
    State House
    25 Capital St
    Concord, NH 03301
    Phone:
    603-271-2121

    Fax:
    603-271-7680










     
    Fish & Game Department
    Licensing Department
    11 Hazen Dr
    Concord, NH 03301
    Phone:
    603-271-3421

     
    603-271-3422

    Fax:
    603-271-5829










    New Hampshire Department of Corrections
    Offender Records Office
    PO Box 14
    Concord, NH 03302
    Phone:
    603-271-1825

    Fax:
    603-271-1867










     
    New Hampshire State Library
    Reference and Information Services
    20 Park St
    Concord, NH 03301
    Phone:
    603-271-2239

     
    603-271-2144

    Fax:
    603-271-2205










    Department of State
    Division of Vital Records Admin
    71 South Fruit St
    Concord, NH 03301-2410
    Phone:
    603-271-4650

    Fax:
    603-271-3447










     
    State Police Headquarters
    Special Investigations Unit-SOR
    James H. Hayes Bldg, 33 Hazen Dr
    Concord, NH 03305
    Phone:
    603-271-6344










     
    Department of State
    Division of Archives & Records Management
    71 S Fruit St
    Concord, NH 03301
    Phone:
    603-271-2236

    Fax:
    603-271-2272










    Administrative Office of Courts
    Supreme Ct Bldg
    2 Charles Doe Dr
    Concord, NH 03301-6160
    Phone:
    603-271-2521

    Fax:
    603-513-5454










     
    UCC Division
    Secretary of State
    107 N Main St
    Concord, NH 03301-4989
    Phone:
    603-271-3276










    Department of Safety
    DMV, Bureau of Titles
    23 Hazen Dr
    Concord, NH 03305
    Fax:
    603-271-0369










     
    Labor Department
    Workers Compensation Division
    95 Pleasant St
    Concord, NH 03301
    Phone:
    603-271-3174

    Fax:
    603-271-6149