New Resident Without a Vehicle Title
You Will Need:
- Out-of-State Registration
- Residency Requirements for Motor Vehicle Registrations (PDF)
- Lien Holder or Leasing Company's Information
- Fax Number for Lien Holder or Leasing Company (helpful but not required)
- If Leased, Vehicle Lease Agreement
- Photo Identification
- Payment: Cash, Check, Debit or Credit (A processing fee of 2.79% with a minimum fee of $1.50 will be assessed on Debit and Credit Cards.)
- Date of Purchase
- Current Mileage
If your vehicle is financed through a New Hampshire lending institution, you will need to visit the lending institution and have them re-title your vehicle prior to your visit. You will then bring in the blue New Hampshire Title Application instead of your out-of-state registration and we will be able to process your registration.
If you cannot appear at the City Clerk's office in-person, a friend or family member can complete the transaction on your behalf. Your designee will be required to show photo identification. You will also need to complete the Permission to Register From listed below to enable your designee to select license plates your behalf.
If your vehicle is not financed through a New Hampshire lending institution, please continue to read this page:
If more than one owner is listed on your registration, all owners will be expected to sign the title application.
New Process for New Residents from Out-of-State
Effective July 1, 2018, an update to NH Laws has been implemented which has changed the process for vehicle registrations for new residents from out-of-state. If you are a new resident and you started the process of changing your vehicle registration prior to July 1, 2018, please be aware that the information on this website has been updated to reflect the new procedures. If you have questions regarding the former process, please contact our office for further information.
What to Expect
Using the documents and information supplied by you (see list above), the City Clerk's office will complete an application for a New Hampshire title and will register your vehicle. In most circumstances, you will be able to obtain your New Hampshire plates in our office.
The title application will be forwarded to the State of New Hampshire Title Bureau who will work with your lien holder or leasing company to obtain your out-of-state title. A New Hampshire title will be issued and returned to the lien holder or leasing company.
It is important to know that the NH Title Bureau will only send a total of two notices to your lien holder or leasing company. The first notice is sent just to the lien holder or leasing company. A second notice will be sent to the lien holder or leasing company as well as to you. If you receive that letter, that will indicate that your out-of-state title has not been surrendered to the State of New Hampshire. It is imperative that your title is surrendered to the State of New Hampshire or else you will not be able to renew your vehicle registration when it expires.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that you contact your lien holder or leasing company to notify them of your move and that you will be applying for a New Hampshire Title. If you contact them prior to visiting our office, please ask for a fax number. While not mandatory, this fax number can be recorded on your title application and the Title Bureau will use it as another means of contacting your lien holder or leasing company.
With the exception of leased vehicles, registrations will be processed through the first owner's birth month. First time registrations cannot be issued for less than 5 months or more than 16 months. The first time is prorated. Renewals are done at twelve month intervals and are not prorated.
New residents have 60 days upon establishing residency to obtain a New Hampshire drivers license and register their vehicles.