New Residents Relocating From Out-of-State

Registration Details

New Hampshire (NH) allows new residents only 60 days to change over driver’s licenses and/or motor vehicle registrations. Make sure that whoever is on the out of state paperwork (i.e title or registration), needs to be the person present at the time of processing the paperwork. If you cannot physically come in and process your own paperwork, you will need a notarized Power of Attorney Form (PDF) for someone else to sign the title application and registration on your behalf. The following documents are what you will need to start titling and registering your vehicle(s):

  1. Present to the Town Clerk’s Office documentation from the closing of your home (ie. HUD statement), or, if renting, you must present 1 of the following: a signed lease or rental agreement, a Notarized Written Statement (PDF) from the current property owner confirming your residency, or a current utility bill within 30 days of service.
  2. NH is a title state, and as such, any existing title must be surrendered at the time of registration. It must be the actual title, a photocopy will not be accepted. If your vehicle is 2000 or newer, you must present your original title from out of state. If your vehicle is 1999 or older, and you do not have a title, you will need to have a 19A Vin Verification Form (PDF) completed by the appropriate party, along with the original bill of sale or purchase contract given at the time of purchase.
  3. If your title is currently held by an out-of-state lienholder or leasing company, at the time of application, bring in current out of state registration, and provide name and address of lienholder or leasing company. The Town Clerk’s Office is not authorized to make request for a title to your lienholder on your behalf. It must be made by the NH Title Bureau. Also, please jot down your current mileage so we can prepare a NH title application for a fee of $2 for the Town and $25 for the State. Upon receipt, they will request your title from your lienholder or leasing company. This process can take up 5 weeks. Once the title is received at the Bureau’s office, a notice will be sent to you authorizing the Town Clerk’s office to issue your registration and plates. If you have any questions, or if your notification is taking longer than expected, then please contact the Title Bureau at 603-271-1045. Make sure to bring the letter of notification in to the Town Clerk’s Office that the State sends you. Please note that the letter from the State is a little confusing so please have patience.
  4. If your insurance or registration has already expired, or will expire within the next 20 days, please bring to the Town Clerk’s Office your current out-of- state registration and/or your insurance showing the proof of cancellation, along with the lienholder or leasing company’s name and mailing address you will qualify for a “Hardship Registration.” We will prepare a NH title application and registration, and collect your town registration taxes. You will then be directed to the Salem Motor Vehicle Sub-station, where you will pay your registration fees for the State. Salem will issue a 60 day temporary plate, and at some point during that time, upon receipt of your out-of-state title, Concord Motor Vehicle will forward your metal plates directly to you.