Town of Stratham
10 Bunker Hill Avenue, Stratham, NH 03885
ph: (603) 772-4741
Motor Vehicle Information
Please note that you must provide your driver's license to process any type of registration or title.

For Registrations And Titles:
Copies of lost registrations (DSMV 106) can be purchased at any State of NH DMV substation for $15.00 or you may purchase one at the Town Clerk's Office for $18.00.
For a duplicate of a lost title (TDMV 18), you need to fill out an application for duplicate title and submit it (along with $25.00) to the Title Bureau in Concord. The applications are available at all MV substations or at the Stratham Town Clerk’s Office.

For Plates Or Decals:
You can order replacements (DSMV 23) for either one or both plates and /or decals at any State of NH DMV substation or the Town Clerk's Office.

For Lost Registrations On Renewals:
If you are the owner of a vehicle that is due to be renewed but have lost your registration and do not have a copy, you will need to bring in your reminder letter and drivers license for proof of identification to renew.

New Residents
If you have never registered a vehicle in the Town of Stratham then you are not established as a resident in our database and you will not be able to register a vehicle without establishing your residency. To do that, you'll need to bring in your current driver's license or other official photo ID and proof of your address in Stratham, NH. You can prove residency with items such as a utility bill or other official mail recently received by you at your address or a recently issued NH Driver's License with your correct address on the front. If your address in Stratham is a PO Box, then you will need to provide a utility bill in your name to prove residency.
Also as a reminder, if you have just moved to NH you have 60 days to apply for a NH Driver's License by NH State Law (RSA 263:35). If you do not apply for a NH Drivers License within the 60 days you will not be allowed to renew your vehicle registration as a N.H. resident or register any other vehicles as a NH resident.  They would be processed as a non-resident.

Changing Your Out-of-State Registered Vehicle to New Hampshire
If your vehicle is 15 years old  or older  you need to bring:
  • Proof of residence in Stratham ( a utility bill or other official mail recently received at your new address and a photo ID such as your Driver's License)
  • All owners to the vehicle must be present
  • Your current out-of-state registration
  • Either your out-of-state Title or a NH VIN Verification ( form 19A) which can be obtained at any State MV substation or City/Town Hall.
  • The mileage on your vehicle when you purchased it.
For vehicles that are newer than 15 years you need to bring:
  • Proof of residence in Stratham (a utility bill or other piece of official mail recently mailed to you at your new address, and a photo ID such as your Driver's License)
  • All owners to the vehicle must be present to sign the NH Title application
  • Your out-of-state Title
  • Your out-of-state registration
  • The mileage on your vehicle when you purchased it
  • The name and mailing address of your lien holder (if you have one).
We will prepare your application for a NH Title and your registration permit. You will also need to obtain a NH driver’s license within sixty days of moving in to NH.

If you can't get your title from the lien holder, registering your vehicle in NH will become a two-step process and you will not be able to get NH plates until the State Title Bureau has swapped titles with your lien holder. You will need to come into the Town Clerk’s Office with:
  • Proof of residence in Stratham (which would be an official piece of mail such as a utility bill recently mailed to you at your new address, and a photo ID such as your Driver's License)
  • All owners to the vehicle must be present to sign the NH Title application.
  • Your out-of-state registration
  • The mileage on your vehicle when you purchased it
  • The name and mailing address of your lien holder (if you have one)
We will prepare the NH Title Application for you. We  will  mail that application form to Concord to start the process of changing your title to a NH title. Within a several week period, you will receive a letter from Concord DMV notifying you that your title is changed and authorizing you to get NH plates for your vehicle. Bring that letter in to the Town Clerk’s office and we will issue you a registration. If you can't get your title from your lien holder and your out-of-state registration is expired or will expire within 20 days, OR your vehicle insurance has been cancelled, OR your out-of-state plates have been turned back to that state, or your vehicle is leased, you may be eligible for a 60-Day Temporary plate and registration. Come in to our office with:
  • Proof of residence in Stratham (which would be an official piece of  mail recently mailed to you  at your new address, and a photo ID such as your driver's license).
  • All owners to the vehicle must be present.
  • Your out-of-state registration.
  • The mileage on your vehicle when you purchased it
  • The name and mailing address of your lien holder (if you have one).
  • The cancellation notice from your insurance company, or your returned plate receipt.
We will prepare your application for NH Title and your registration permit and collect the Town of Stratham registration permit fees. You will then go down to any State of NH DMV Sub Station where you will pay your State of NH registration fee and title fee and receive a 60-day temporary plate to use while your title is being swapped with your lien holder. When the title is all set, the State will mail you a set of NH plates.

New Vehicle Registrations
If you recently purchased or leased a vehicle that is newer than 15 years old, you will need the following:

The Town Clerk's copy of your NH Title Application (blue sheet) if your vehicle was purchased or leased from a NH Dealer, or The actual Title or Certificate of Origin that has been signed over to you by the seller if you purchased or leased your vehicle from a private person or from an out-of-state dealer. If you are making payments on your vehicle, please be sure to have the name and mailing address of your lien holder.

If you recently purchased a vehicle that is 15 years or older, you will need one of the following along with a Bill of Sale signed by both seller(s) and buyer(s):
The seller's previous NH registration, or
The seller's NH or out of state title, or
Form TDMV 19A, Verification of Vehicle Identification, properly completed. These forms are available at the Town Clerk/Tax Collector's Office in Stratham, NH State DMV substations, licensed NH Dealers, and licensed State Inspection Stations.

Renewing Registrations

For vehicles owned by a person or persons, the expiration date is the last day of the primary owner's (first name appearing on the registration) birth month. For vehicles owned by businesses or leasing companies, the expiration month varies according to the first letter of the business name.

Transferring Vehicle Registrations

A transfer registration is when you have taken a plated vehicle off the road and would like to transfer the same plates from your old vehicle over to your new vehicle. On a transfer registration, we are able to apply the remaining unused permit fee credit over to the cost of the permit fee on the new vehicle. To do a transfer, the primary owner (the 1st owner listed on the registration) or lessee of the old vehicle must be the listed primary owner or lessee of the new vehicle.
To complete a transfer registration (moving the plates from your old vehicle on to your new vehicle), you must bring in either the original or State-certified duplicate of the registration to the vehicle you took off the road. Per  RSA261:66.

We accept these forms of payment:
  • Checks - One check made out to: The Town of Stratham.  (We will transfer the funds allocated to the State electronically.)
  • Cash
  • Credit Cards - Master Card, Visa,  Discover, American Express, Diners Club International, and JCB.  Please note that a debit card is processed as a credit card only if the card has one of the above credit card logos on the card.  There are additional fees to cover the cost of the credit card fees - 2.95% with a $1.50 minimum.  These fees go directly to our third party processor and are not retained by the town/city.   Convenience fees cannot be refunded.
  • Debit Cards - Debit cards are not accepted at the counter.  However, you can use ACH if you process your registration(s) on-line.       

Proof Of Residency Requirements:
Acceptable Proofs Of Residency:
  • A Current New Hampshire Driver's License With The Correct Physical Address On The Front or
  • A Current New Hampshire, Or Out Of State Driver's License, Along With One Of The Following.
  • Utility Bill Or Other Official Mail Recently Received At The Stratham Address.
  • A notarized letter or signed lease from your landlord.