New Hampshire Birth Records Search

New Hampshire’s Division of Vital Records Administration office handles all birth certificate requests. They are responsible for collecting and maintaining the database of all New Hampshire Public birth records.

New Hampshire birth records are confidential until 100 years old, so only the list of people below can get a copy of yours: you, if you are 18 or older, your parents, children, grandchildren, grandparents, your legal guardian or a legal representative.

When applying for a copy of your birth certificate, you will need a valid, photo ID such as: driver’s license, passport, military ID, school ID, a state-issued or a government ID.

If you cannot supply the state with a valid, photo ID then you can use two of the following:

  • Utility bill with current address.
  • Car registration.
  • Bank statement.
  • Copy of tax return.
  • Personal check with your address on it.
  • Social security card.
  • Voter registration card.
  • Lease or rental agreement.

If you are ordering a certificate for someone other than yourself, you must prove your identity and relationship to the person with proper documentation.

Types of NH Birth Records

The state offers only one type of birth certificate to choose from, and that is a certified copy. A certified copy is a legal document that you can use for purposes of verifying your identity when you want to apply for school, social security benefits, the military or to get a driver’s license, passport or another government permit.

If you need a birth certificate changed or amended, contact their office for more information at (603) 271-4650.

State Population

The state’s population is currently 1.35 million people. Steeped in rich history, it lies on the East Coast of the United States and has a slow annual growth rate of 0.16%, making it 45th in the country.

New Hampshire is densely populated ranking 21st across the nation with mountainous regions and rocky beaches. With only 9,349 square miles of surface area, and is one of the four smallest states in the U.S. There is an average of 147 people per square mile.

It was one of the original 13 States and the first to break off with Britain.

State Population
1 birth every 2571 seconds

1 death every 3857 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in New Hampshire. The total population of New Hampshire is estimated at 1,335,015 people with 660,899 male and 674,116 female. There are 13,217 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.50% of the total population.

The New Hampshire Gender Ratio is 98 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.98. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

New Hampshire Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 9.11 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 12,267 total births — the lowest in New Hampshire history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 12,267, 0.31% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than New Hampshire

Top 1 state with a lower birth rate than New Hampshire Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than New Hampshire
Rhode Island - 9.04Arkansas - 13.07
Indiana - 12.17
Pennsylvania - 10.51
Tennessee - 12.07
District Of Columbia - 14.47

Top 5 Counties in New Hampshire with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in New Hampshire with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in New Hampshire with the highest birth rate
Merrimack County - 8.64Hillsborough County - 10.40
Rockingham County - 8.75Strafford County - 9.50
Strafford County - 9.50Rockingham County - 8.75
Hillsborough County - 10.40Merrimack County - 8.64

Fertility Rate in NH

In New Hampshire the fertility rate based on historical data went from 50.48 to 49.61 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 50.93 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 28.73 to 29.54.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of New Hampshire are Hillsborough County - 55.74, Rockingham County - 51.15 and Merrimack County - 48.57. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Strafford County43.54

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a New Hampshire Birth Certificate

You can have a New Hampshire birth records search performed and get a copy of your birth certificate at any local town clerk’s office, or you can mail in your paperwork to: NH department of vital records administration, registration/certification, 9 ratification way, concord, NH 03301-2410. If you get a copy from a local office, you can have it within minutes.

The state charges a $15 non-refundable fee for searching NH birth records and certificates. Make all checks payable to Treasurer-State of New Hampshire. Each additional copy is $10.

You can also order by performing New Hampshire birth records search online at VitalChek if you prefer. Additional fees may apply when paying by credit card.

New Hampshire Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $15.00
Additional copies ordered at the same time are $10.00 each.
Organization: Division of Vital Records Administration; Archives Building
Address:71 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301-2410
Remarks: State office has records since 1631. Copies of records may be obtained from State office or from City or Town Clerk in place where birth occurred. Recent records (birth since 1982) may be obtained from ANY City or Town running the Vital Records Automated software called NHVRIN. Applicant must submit a written request and a photo ID with signature of the requestor or notarized assignment of access from registrant authorizing non-direct or tangibly related individual access and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Treasurer, State of New Hampshire. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (603) 271-4651. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the New Hampshire, Department of State, Division of Vital Records Administration website..