New Hampshire Wedding Laws

How to Perform a Wedding in New Hampshire

Any minister of the gospel, Jewish Rabbis, or of the people called Quakers or Friends, may perform marriages in the way normally practiced among them, and all marriages so performed will be valid. Please note, Rabbis residing out of the state may also obtain a special license. Nothing will be construed to stop a person, authorized to perform a marriage in a religious ceremony, from perform a marriage in a civil ceremony.

How to Become an Ordained Minister in New Hampshire

Marriage must be conducted by an ordained minister. If a minister or justice of the peace shall join any persons in marriage without having first received a certificate of the town clerk, or shall join any persons in marriage with a certificate which you know to be invalid, you would have to pay, for each offense, a fee of $60. To become an ordain minister for free and avoid any state fees, please get ordained online through our easy ordination process.

How to Perform a Wedding Ceremony in New Hampshire

A marriage may be performed in a religious ceremony by you, the minister, in the state where you were ordained according to your denomination, resides in the state, and is in good standing with the denomination; by any member of the clergy who is not ordained but is engaged in the service of the religious body to which he or she belongs, and who resides in the state, after being licensed by the secretary of state; or by any minister residing out of the state, but having a pastoral charge completely or partially in this state. The requirements for performing a wedding are fairly standard, but we recommend checking out the three-step guide to conducting a ceremony. The performance of the marriage is not invalidated by the fact that you, the minister of the marriage, were not legally qualified to perform it if either person in the wedding believes that you were qualified.

Marriage Paperwork Required in New Hampshire

We recommend getting the Ordination Credentials online and then presenting it to the clerk of the country. The clerk or other record books of a religious society where the marriage is to be had and performed, will make a true registration of all marriages performed in the society, in a record book kept by you for that purpose, and then return the marriage certificate back to the clerk of the county, to be recorded.

New Hampshire Marriage Laws

 
457:31 Who May Solemnize. ? Marriage may be solemnized by a justice of the peace as commissioned in the state; by any minister of the gospel in the state who has been ordained according to the usage of his or her denomination, resides in the state, and is in regular standing with the denomination; by any clergyman who is not ordained but is engaged in the service of the religious body to which he or she belongs, resides in the state, after being licensed therefore by the secretary of state; within his or her parish, by any minister residing out of the state, but having a pastoral charge wholly or partly in this state;

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently has legal same-sex marriage by State Legislature.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in New Hampshire you need to be ordained and may be required to provide proof of ordination such as an ordination credential, wallet credential, or a letter of good standing from the church.

Read the full Law on the official site »

New Hampshire Wedding Laws by County

Belknap Probate Court

64 Court Street
P.O. Box 1343
Laconia, New Hampshire
03247,
Phone: (603) 524-0903
E-mail: Belknap.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Belknap Probate Court website »

Carroll Probate Court

96 Water Village Road
Box 1
Ossipee, New Hampshire
03864,
Phone: (603) 539-4123
E-mail: Carroll.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Carroll Probate Court website »

Cheshire Probate Court

12 Court Street
Keene, New Hampshire
03431,
 
Phone: (603) 357-7786
E-mail: Cheshire.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Cheshire Probate Court website »

Coos Probate Court

55 School Street
Suite 104
Lancaster, New Hampshire
03584,
 
Phone: (603) 788-2001
E-mail: Coos.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Coos Probate Court website »

Grafton Probate Court

3785 Dartmouth College Highway
Box 3
North Haverhill, New Hampshire
03774,
Phone: (603) 787-6931
E-mail: Grafton.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Grafton Probate Court website »

Hillsboro Probate Court

30 Spring Street
P.O. Box 387
Nashua, New Hampshire
03061,
Phone: (603) 882-1231
E-mail: Hillsborough.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Hillsboro Probate Court website »

Merrimack Probate Court

163 North Main Street
Concord, New Hampshire
03301,

Phone: (603) 224-9589
E-mail: Merrimack.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Merrimack Probate Court website »

Rockingham Probate Court

10 Route 125
Brentwood, New Hampshire
03833,
Phone: (603) 642-7117
E-mail: Rockingham.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Rockingham Probate Court website »

Strafford Probate Court

County Farm Road
P.O. Box 799
Dover, New Hampshire
03820,
 
Phone: (603) 742-2550
E-mail: Strafford.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Strafford Probate Court website »

Sullivan Probate Court

22 Main Street
P.O. Box 417
Newport, New Hampshire
03773,

Phone: (603) 863-3150
E-mail: Sullivan.Probate@courts.state.nh.us
Sullivan Probate Court website »