How to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in New Hampshire


If you or a member of your family was born in New Hampshire and you need to get a copy of a birth certificate for a passport or other purpose, there are several options open to you. If you live in the state you can put in your application with any town/city clerk. Otherwise, you can mail your request to the Division of Vital Records. You can also apply online or by phone, which does cost more but you can get a birth certificate faster. The steps in this article describe how to use each of these options to get a copy of a birth certificate in New Hampshire.

Things You'll Need

  • Application form (download using the link below)
  • Valid photo ID or Declaration form (with documentation)

Make sure you have proper identification. New Hampshire will only release a certified copy of a birth certificate to the person whose name is on the birth certificate or a member of the immediate family or other authorized person. You will need a valid driver’s license, state photo ID or other official photo ID. If you don’t have a valid photo ID, you can download the “Declaration Form” using the link below and fill it out. You will need to include this form and copies of two alternative documents from the list on this form (bank statements, utility bills and other items.)

Go to any town/city clerk if you live in the state and file your application. You will find a list of town clerks and contact information at the link below. The fee to get a copy of a birth certificate in New Hampshire through a town clerk is $12.00.

Mail your request if you live outside the state. Yu will need to download the application form using the link below. Complete the application and include a photocopy of an current photo ID or alternative documentation (see Step 1) and a check or money order for the total amount due (the Department of Vital Records does not accept cash).

Mail your application, documentation and remittance to: NH Department of State Division of Vital Records Administration, Registration/Certification, 71 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301-2410.

Obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate in New Hampshire by phone or online using a credit. This option is more expensive but allows you to get the copy faster. The service is provided by an independent company, USCerts. Choose the Order Online link below or call (877) 878-8007.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may want to get an extra copy of a birth certificate while you’re at it to save the trouble of having to obtain another in the future. You can order extra copies at a cost a reduced cost of $8.00 each.

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