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How To Perform Marriage in New Hampshire

A Step-by-Step Guide to Officiating Weddings

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Minister Registration Summary

Is government registration required?
Yes | New Hampshire Statutes 457:31
With what office do I need to register?
Secretary of State
Does my residency affect registration?
Required if Non-Resident
What is the minimum age for an officiant?
18
Do I need to complete a Gov. application?
Required Only for Non-Residents
Do I need to provide Gov. ID?
No
Do I need to submit my Ministry Credentials?
No
How much does registration cost?
$25 for Non-Residents
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4 Steps to Performing Marriage in New Hampshire




Step 1 GET ORDAINED WITH AMERICAN MARRIAGE MINISTRIES

Getting Ordained with American Marriage Ministries is your first step towards performing marriage in New Hampshire. American Marriage Ministries is the only IRS Certified 501c3 Non-Profit that offers online ordinations. Getting ordained with AMM is free, quick, and easy!

Beyond ordination we provide all the information and resources you need to learn how to prepare for and officiate weddings. Whether it is your minister registration requirements, learning how to write a wedding ceremony script, or making sure you understand your legal responsibilities when completing the marriage license, we have you covered!

We welcome people of all walks of life. As long as you have a sincere desire to bring communities together through marriage, it is not important to us if you are religious or non-religious, gay or straight, black or white, rich or poor. Ordination as an AMM minister is about celebrating our commonalities.

As a Minister of American Marriage Ministries we encourage you to officiate weddings that reflect the values and beliefs of you and the couple. With over 610,176 Ordained Ministers and hundreds of thousands of successful weddings, what are you waiting for?

Apply For Ordination!


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Step 2 NEW HAMPSHIRE MINISTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

MINISTER REGISTRATION IS ONLY REQUIRED IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

If you are planning to perform marriage in New Hampshire but are not a state resident then you are required to register with the office of the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

New Hampshire residents are not required to register with the Secretary's office. Your status as New Hampshire resident and as a Minister of American Marriage Ministries is all you need to perform marriage in the State.

Continue reading for registration instructions for non-residents of New Hampshire.

HOW TO REGISTER TO PERFORM MARRIAGE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AS A NON-RESIDENT

The Secretary of State's office requires all non-resident ministers to complete and submit a form called the Application To Perform a Marriage Ceremony In New Hampshire.

The application is a simple one page form that should only take you a few minutes to complete. We include a partially completed application in your New Hampshire Minister Ordination Package for your convenience.

You can also download, print, and complete the application yourself. Below are instructions for completing the application.

HOW TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION TO PERFORM A MARRIAGE CEREMONY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

The following instructions are for completing the New Hampshire Secretary of State's Application To Perform a Marriage Ceremony In New Hampshire.

  • 1. Enter the full names of each partner getting married and their cities and states of residence.

  • 2. Check the first box that begins with the text "An ordained minister who does not reside in the State of New Hampshire..."

  • 3. On the field corresponding to that box marked "denomination" enter: "Non-Denominational"

  • 4. Enter your mailing address and phone number in the appropriate fields.

  • 5. Sign your name, print your name, and enter the completion date.

  • 6. Write a check for $25 payable to the "State of New Hampshire"


  • HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SECRETARY OF STATE

    Mail your completed application along with the $25 fee to the:

    New Hampshire Secretary of State
    State House, Room 204
    Concord, New Hampshire 03301

    WAIT TO RECEIVE YOUR SPECIAL LICENSE

    Please allow a few days for for the Secretary of State's office to process your application. Once approved they will mail you a Special License. This special license gives you permission to perform one wedding.

    Keep your Special License somewhere safe.

    WHAT DO I DO WITH MY "SPECIAL LICENSE"?

    You are required to file your Special License along with the marriage license when returning the marriage license after the wedding.

    If you have further questions about this process you can contact the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office.

    Phone: 603-271-3242
    Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm M-F

    KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR MINISTRY CREDENTIALS

    Whether you are a New Hampshire Resident or not, we strongly recommend that you order your New Hampshire Minister Ordination Package. It is a good idea to keep personal copies of your official Ministry Credentials. Proof of your ordination is essential in the event that the couple or government officials request to see your ministry credentials.

    Your package includes your official Ordination Certificate and Letter of Good Standing. Your Letter of Good Standing is signed by a church officer, dated, and notarized. Your Minister Ordination Package also includes a partially completed Application To Perform a Marriage Ceremony In New Hampshire form for your convenience.


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    Step 3 LEARN HOW TO OFFICIATE WEDDINGS

    Chances are good this will be the first wedding you officiate. This undertaking may seem daunting and we are here to guide you through the process. The Wedding Training section of our site will teach you how to officiate weddings like a pro.

    We break down the process of preparing for officiating a wedding into simple, easy-to-follow steps. We start with explaining the structure of a wedding ceremony and provide sample wedding ceremonies to help you get an idea of what other people have written.

    Once you have the first draft of your wedding ceremony script written, you can follow our guide on officiant best practices for advice on how to polish and practice reading your ceremony script.

    ASKED TO OFFICIATE | OFFICIANT TRAINING MANUAL

    If you are interested in a thorough resource that covers everything you could ever possibly want to know about officiating a wedding ceremony, we recommend purchasing a copy of our book Asked To Officiate. Originally written by two career wedding officiants, Asked To Officiate draws on their decades of experience officiating hundreds of wedding ceremonies.

    Asked To Officiate is also included in our Signature Wedding Officiant Package. This package covers all the bases, including your Ministry Credentials, a Wedding Stole, Asked To Officiate, and your Minister's Manual.


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    Step 4 OFFICIATE THE WEDDING!

    By this point you should be fully prepared to officiate the wedding. Have a fun and memorable wedding ceremony! After you have conducted the wedding you have one last and very important job… to complete the marriage license for the couple.

    COMPLETING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE

    This is your one legal responsibility. Fortunately, it is also an easy task to fulfill. Completing the marriage license simply involves completing your portion of the license and signing it with the couple in the presence of any required witnesses. That's it!

    We understand that you want to do everything correctly. That’s why you are the officiant! If you want to know more about what fields you may have to complete on the marriage license and what you should write, check out our Wedding Officiant Guidelines for Completing Marriage Licenses.

    RETURNING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE

    After the marriage license is completed it must be returned to its issuance office. This is usually the responsibility of the couple though some states require this to be done by the minister. When the couple receives their marriage license it should also come with instructions as to who must return it and how.

    Different states have different deadlines that dictate when the completed marriage license must be returned, so make sure that this duty be done as soon as possible. In most states this is as easy as mailing the marriage license back to the county clerk. Below is more information about New Hampshire marriage licenses.




    NEW HAMPSHIRE MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION

    Prior to the wedding ceremony it is the couple’s responsibility to file for their marriage license. The marriage license issuance office is usually located at the county courthouse. Your job as the wedding officiant is to sign and complete your section of the license. Once the marriage license is completed and returned to the office where it was issued, the marriage is recorded and made legal.

    Marriage License Issuance Office

    Town Clerk

    Marriage License Fee

    $50

    Marriage License Waiting Period

    3 Days Before Completing

    Marriage License Expiration

    90 Days

    Marriage License Return

    Within 6 Days from Wedding

    What Does Marriage License Waiting Period, Expiration, and Return Mean?


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