If you are a new resident to the state you must obtain a New Hampshire Drivers' license and Automobile Registration (plates) within 60 days of moving into the State. (NH RSA 261:45 and NH RSA 263:35)
You will begin the registration process at the Town Clerk's office. It is required that you bring in proof of identification (driver's license) and two proofs of residency such as a piece of post-marked mail, current utility bill, closing statement on a purchased home, payroll check, etc. You will also need to bring your out-of-state title to the Town Clerk's office where your New Hampshire title application and registration forms will be prepared. At the Town Clerk's office, you will pay a motor vehicle permit fee based on the original price of the vehicle. A state registration fee based on the weight of the vehicle will be paid, at which time you will receive your plates.
There are two exceptions to the above procedure:
- If your title is being held by a lienholder, bring your current registration to the Town Clerk's office along with the current mileage of the vehicle and the exact name and address of the lienholder and seller. A title application will be prepared by the Town Clerk's office, which you will forward to the New Hampshire Title Bureau. The Title Bureau will swap a New Hampshire Title for the foreign state title with your lienholder. You will not be able to register your vehicle until you receive a letter from the Title Bureau informing you that the title swap has occurred. An exception to this transaction is made when your current registration and/or your automobile insurance will expire within 20 days of the day you come into the office. A sixty-day registration can be issued in this circumstance, giving the State of New Hampshire time to obtain the foreign title from your lienholder.
- Vehicles from year 2000 and newer are titled in New Hampshire: therefore, if you are a new resident to the state, you will need to bring the out-of-state title OR the current registration along with a completed Verification of Vehicle ID Number Form 19A (available online or at the Town Clerk's office) to obtain a New Hampshire registration. If you are moving from another New Hampshire town, you will need a copy of the previous NH registration (current or expired) the title (or copy) OR a completed Verification of Vehicle ID Number Form 19A (available online or at the Town Clerk's office).