CITY OF PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
HOW TO APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE
Both in state and out of state residents may apply at any City Clerk's Office to
be married in the State of New Hampshire.
To apply for the license, both parties must appear at the same time in the
office otherwise an application cannot be completed.
The filing fee is $45.00 payable at the time of application filing. Acceptable
payment consists of cash, check, or money order. (PLEASE NOTE: Fee
decrease effective 07/01/2011)
LICENSING TIME FRAME
The license is valid for ninety days from the date you apply. There is no
longer a waiting period and the license may be used the same day.
Picture identification is required upon time of application.
If either party was married previously, the following must be presented, as
DIVORCE: A certified copy of the final divorce decree, which must include
a raised seal on the document.
DEATH: A certified copy of the death certificate.
ANNULMENT: A certified copy of the annulment.
- Monday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00* p.m.
- Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30* p.m.
- Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00* p.m.
(*Please note: the marriage application process can take 20 minutes or so, please apply no later than ½ hour before closing)
If you have specific questions regarding the process, you are encouraged to
contact the office before appearing to complete the application. (Rev. 07/01/2011)