Motor Vehicle FAQs

How early can I register my vehicle?

You can register your vehicle/trailer as early as 4 months ahead of time.

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I’d like to get vanity plates for my vehicle. How do I do that? 

Please click here to obtain information on the Vanity Plate procedure.


I just moved to Boscawen, what do I need to prove my residency so I can register my vehicle?

You will need to bring ONE of the following:

  • a current utility bill (electricity, cable, gas, propane, etc) that has your name and the Boscawen address on it OR
  • a copy of your rental agreement/lease or mortgage closing papers OR
  • a SIGNED letter from the PROPERTY OWNER (not a roommate) where you are living stating that you do, in fact, live at that specific address.

If you choose to bring a letter, the letter MUST include: 

  • your name, the current date, AND
  • specific address, AND
  • the fact that you live there, AND
  • the owner’s printed name AND signature

What do I need to bring with me to register my vehicle?

When registering NEW (brand new OR new-to-you) vehicle

Transferring Plates:

  • When purchased through a dealer, you will need the registration from the previously registered vehicle AND the blue title app with TOWN CLERK COPY (written in red at the bottom of form).
  • When purchased through private sale, you will need the registration from the previously registered vehicle AND the completed title for the model 2000 or newer car.
  • If the vehicle is 1999 or older, a bill of sale is required (print one here: NH BILL OF SALE), ALONG WITH ONE of the following documents:
  • VIN verification (print one here: VIN VERIFICATION FORM #TDMV 19A)
  • Title/Certificate of Origin
  • Previous registration for that vehicle – If you do not have the registration from the previously registered vehicle (that you are transferring the plates from), we can print a copy for you at a cost of $18.00.

New Plates:

  • When purchasing through a dealer you need to bring the blue title app with TOWN CLERK COPY** (written in red at the bottom of form) and you will pay for a new plate with registration.
  • When purchasing via private sale, a completed title for the 2000 or newer vehicle.
  • If the vehicle is 1999 or older, a bill of sale is required (print one here: NH BILL OF SALE), along with one of the following documents:
  • VIN verification (print one here: VIN VERIFICATION FORM #TDMV 19A) OR
  • Title/Certificate of Origin OR
  • Previous registration

IN ADDITION to the above, you must bring the following:

  • A photo I.D. (at the request of the State of NH DMV and the NH State Police to assist in the prevention of insurance and registration fraud)
  • Cash or 2 checks (one for the Town and one for the State)
  • ** Be sure that entire Title Application is filled out including the Gross Weight of the vehicle.

*** As of January 1, 2015, per RSA 261:3, titles will be required for ALL vehicles with a model year 2000 and newer. Example: If it is the year 2050, and you have a model year 2000 vehicle that you are selling, you are required to provide the buyer with a title. If you are the purchaser, you MUST have the title when registering said vehicle, and purchase a new title in your name. This will be in effect permanently. ***

When renewing your registration:

Bring one of the following:

  • Previous registration
  • Renewal notice the Town sent
  • License plate number (which is also on each of the two documents mentioned above)

AND:

  • A photo I.D. (at the request of the State of NH DMV and the NH State Police to assist in the prevention of insurance and registration fraud)
  • Cash or 2 checks (one for the Town and one for the State)

I am new to New Hampshire. When do I have to change my license and registration?

261:45 Resident of State

Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 261:44, when a nonresident has established a bona fide residency in this state, said resident shall have a maximum of 60 days from the date his residency was established in which to register his vehicle in New Hampshire.

[RSA 261:45 effective January 1, 2016; see also RSA 261:45 set out above.]

261:45 Obligation to Register Vehicle

  1. Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 261:44, when a nonresident has established a bona fide residency in this state, said resident shall have a maximum of 60 days from the date of his or her residency in which to register his or her vehicle or vehicles in New Hampshire.
  2. When a nonresident business entity has established a place of business in this state and principally garages or regularly keeps overnight in this state a vehicle or vehicles owned by or leased to the business entity for conducting intrastate commerce in New Hampshire, the business entity shall be considered domiciled in New Hampshire and shall have a maximum of 60 days from the date of establishing such domicile in which to register the vehicle or vehicles with division or with an apportioned registration through the international registration plan. The director may adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A relative to procedures for such registration.

Source. RSA 260:39-a. 1979, 135:1. 1981, 146:1; 479:2, eff. Jan. 1, 1982. 2015, 111:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2016


Does Boscawen register Off Road Vehicles?

Currently Boscawen does NOT register OHRVs. However, you may obtain a list of OHRV Agents in NH by following this link: OHRV Registration Agents SEPT 2015.


How do I get New Hampshire State Parks Plates?

For information on NH State Parks Plates, and how to obtain them, please click here.