New Hampshire Registration

Want to get your car on the road in New Hampshire? It’s an easy process done in-person.

A New Hampshire car registration requires you file and submit a few different forms and fees depending on the type of vehicle. Registration is a requirement whether you’ve purchased a vehicle new or used, through a private or dealer sale. The registration process shouldn’t take long if you follow this guide.

Your main tasks include satisfying:

  • Proof of identification
  • Registration/Title application
  • Proof of ownership
  • Paying the taxes and fees

…plus, any applicable vehicle testing and disclosures.

You will register your vehicle, in-person, at a New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Motor Vehicles. Failing to register on-time can result in potential issues if your driving privileges.

We’ve outlined the New Hampshire registration process, keeping it as easy-as-possible.

Your New Hampshire Vehicle Registration Guide: Step-by-Step

Your vehicle registration depends on if it was purchased from a dealer, through private sale, or transferred/gifted. If coming from out-of-state, new residents will register their vehicle within 60 days, transfer their out-of-state title/registration, then complete the process below.

You will register your vehicle at the town clerk’s office.

Ready to get on the road? Follow along with the section appropriate for your needs.

Registering a Vehicle from Private Sellers

Buying a vehicle through a private sale?

You’ll have 20 days to get it registered. You’re also given a temporary registration for these 20 days if you pay the $10 fee. The temporary plate lets you legally drive until you complete the registration.

To register your vehicle’s title/registration in New Hampshire you will:

  1. Find and visit a local NH clerk’s office
  2. Submit your vehicle title
    1. Signed by both parties
  3. Provide proof of ID and residency
  4. Submit an Odometer Disclosure Statement (TDMV 12)
  5. Pay all registration fees

You’ll receive your registration documents and be on your way.

Registering a Vehicle from Dealerships

Buying or leasing your vehicle from a dealership?

Your dealer will issue a temporary registration – good for 20 days. This gives you enough time to register the vehicle if they don’t provide the service for you.

You will:

  1. Go to the town clerk
  2. Submit your vehicle title
    1. Or: Blue pages of the title application
  3. Submit the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin
    1. Plus: Lienholder information (if applicable)
  4. Provide proof of ID and residency
  5. Pay your vehicle registration fees

Purchasing from an out-of-state dealership involves the same process.

New Hampshire Vehicle Registration Fees

Your fees depend on the weight of your vehicle. You’ll pay fees to the state and county.

Typical state fees include:

  • State fees (vehicle weight, 0 to 3,000lbs): $31.20
  • State fees (vehicle weight, 3,001 to 5,000lbs): $43.20
  • State fees (vehicle weight, 5,001 to 8,000lbs): $55.20

Any vehicles 8,001lbs to 73,280lbs cost $0.96 per 100lbs.

Typical county fees include:

  • Passenger cars/trucks: $3
  • Heavy vehicles/buses: $5
  • Motorcycles/others: $2

You may also play a license plate fee ($8) when registering the vehicle.

New Hampshire Vehicle Inspections

You do not need to get an emissions test before registering your vehicle.

However, you’re expected to get one within 10 days of registering the vehicle. Visit your local emissions/safety testing station to get this completed as soon as you can.

Set a Reminder for Registration Renewal

You’ll want to mark your calendar else wait to receive a renewal notice when it comes time. You can check the exact date listed on the registration so keep this in mind and mark your calendar!

See our NH registration renewal guide for more info when you’re ready.

Congratulations! You’ve registered your vehicle in the state of New Hampshire. Practice safe driving on the roads, be nice to others, and you’ll have a wonderful time on the open roads!