How do I get a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate?
You need to make your request in writing either by mail or in person. You must be a member of the immediate family (no cousins, no in-laws) or have a direct and tangible interest in the record. The cost of the certified copy is $15.00 for the first copy and $10.00 for any subsequent copies ordered at the same time for the same person. You will need to give the name(s) of the registrant(s) and approximate date of the event. Also you must state your relationship or your interest in the record. As of 1/1/05 NH State Law requires identification when requesting a certified record or search. You will need to send a copy of your picture ID when requesting a record by mail or show picture ID when you come in person.
In Stratham, we are able to obtain birth records for the entire state from 1987 to present, death records from 1990 to present, and marriage records from 1989 to present through our NHVRIN Data Base. For events that occurred earlier than these dates, the events (marriage, birth or death) must have occurred in our town in order for us to produce a certified copy.
You may also contact the State of NH Bureau of Vital Records at 6 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301 if you are not sure where the event occurred. They have records for the entire state. Their phone number is 603-271-4650 and they can accommodate your request using a Master Card or Visa.
Please call us if you have any further questions at 603-772-4741.