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Before spending considerable effort on making your wedding plans, it is a good idea to make sure you are in compliance with the NH state's marriage laws.

  • The State of New Hampshire provides convenient on-line access to
    Granite State marriage laws. However, unless one is a legislator or
    attorney, deciphering the legal language can be quite challenging and
    time consuming.

    With this in mind, an easy to read summary of the rules for applying for a marriage license is being presented for our readers.

    RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS
    To be married or joined together in New Hampshire you do not have a establish residency.  A couple wishing to marry or have a civil union in the State of New Hampshire may complete a marriage or civil union application at any New Hampshire city or town clerk’s office regardless of their place of residence.  This includes out of state residents as well.  Once a valid marriage or civil union license is issued, the couple will be free to marry or have a civil union within any city or town in New Hampshire

    LICENSE VALIDITY PERIOD
    A marriage or civil union license that a city or town clerk issues to the applicants is valid the same day of the application, provided all signatures and statutory requirements are met.  (i.e. proof of divorce or civil union dissolution, or death of a previous marriage or civil union partner).  The license shall be valid of a period of not more than 90 days from the date of filing.  The marriage or civil union license should clearly state the date the license becomes valid as well as the expiration date.  The officiant shall make note of this date and under no circumstances shall the couple be married or joined together after the expiration date.

    Source: www.state.nh.us

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