New Hampshire vital records are considered to be private and access to them is restricted by statute to those individuals who have a "direct and tangible interest" in the record. To view all of the disclosure limitations to our records, click on this link to our statute: RSA 5-C:105. Certain older records are exempted from these access restrictions: "Birth records more than 100 years old and death, marriage, and divorce records more than 50 years old shall be considered part of the public domain." Based on current statute, birth records prior to 1911 and death, marriage, and divorce prior to 1961 are considered to have unrestricted access.
Individuals wishing to research these "genealogical" records may do so by visiting our "Genealogical Research Center" that is located at our site at 71 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301. Alternatively, upon receipt of a completed application, positive identification and the required fee, Vital Records staff will research records for you.