How do I register or transfer plates to a vehicle, motorcycle or trailer (utility, boat or camper) in Salem?

Please know the Town of Salem and State of New Hampshire have many laws and ordinances with respect to the registration of vehicles. As Municipal Agents for the NH Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Clerks for the Town of Salem, we must follow all current laws and ordinances. There are certain, required procedures and documents that MUST be provided for all registration transactions. We do not make the laws, we must follow them.

Registering vehicles in the State of New Hampshire must start at the municipal/local level, first: at the Salem Town Hall. As Municipal Agents for the NH DMV, we are able to perform most state registration functions such as issuing passenger, trailer and motorcycle plates. Specialty registrations and plates, such as Antique and Veteran, must be completed at the NH DMV. A nominal fee of $3 is automatically added to each transaction that we are completing on behalf of the NH DMV, thereby saving you an additional trip to the NH DMV to complete the registration process.

For vehicles, motorcycles or trailers (utility, boat or camper) purchased from an Out-of-State Dealership or Private Sale or Moved into Salem from Out-of-State, please present the following at time of registration at the Town Hall:

  • Current, valid NH Driver's License (or Out-of-State license if within 60 days of moving into New Hampshire)
  • Vehicle/motorcycle/trailer's Certificate of Title, or Application for Certificate of Title (from certain, authorized Massachusetts dealerships), or Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin, completed with required Seller's and Buyer's information and Odometer Reading. See our Sample Title (PDF) for proper completion by the seller(s)
  • If Leased: all pages of the Lease Agreement designating the Leasing Company (Lessor) and Lessee(s)
  • If Financed: the Bill of Sale designating the Lender/Lienholder (i.e. bank, credit union, etc.)
  • If transferring NH-issued license plates from a previous vehicle to the new vehicle: the original, current, signed registration for those plates
  • If moving in from out-of-state: the original, current registration from the previous state of issue
  • If the manufacturer's year is 1999 or older, two of the following must be presented (essentially, we need two forms of identification of the vehicle/trailer/motorcycle you wish to register):

For vehicles, motorcycles or trailers (utility, boat or camper) purchased from a New Hampshire Dealership, please present the following at time of registration at the Town Hall:

  • Current, valid NH Driver's License (or Out-of-State license if within 60 days of moving into New Hampshire)
  • Completed and signed Application for Certificate of Title (Town Clerk's Copy), Certificate of Title, or Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin, complete with required Seller's and Buyer's information and Odometer Reading
  • If transferring NH-issued license plates from a previous vehicle to the new vehicle: the original, valid, signed registration for those plates

For an estimate of registration fees on new and renewed vehicle registrations: NH Vehicle Estimator:

  • The State of NH prorates new vehicle registration fees by the month not by the day. Your registration fees on January 1st will be the same on January 31st for new-to-you vehicle registrations
  • Renewals are always for a 12-month period. The state does not prorate renewals for shorter periods of time. You may renew up to 4-months in advance at the 12-month rate (e.g. September renewals can renew as early as June)
  • The State of NH does not issue refunds for partially used vehicle registrations. The only way to retain the remaining value of registration fees paid is to transfer your vehicle registration and plates from an old vehicle to a new vehicle. Any remaining registration fees will be used as a credit towards your new vehicle's registration fees

Show All Answers

1. How do I obtain a Marriage License?
2. How do I register or transfer plates to a vehicle, motorcycle or trailer (utility, boat or camper) in Salem?
3. I just moved to Salem. How do I register my vehicle(s)?
4. How do I get a certified copy of a birth, death, divorce or marriage certificate?
5. We just got married in New Hampshire. What do we do now?
6. How do I get a landfill/dump permit and where is the landfill/dump located?
7. How do I license my dog?
8. I did not receive my Motor Vehicle Renewal Notice, what should I do?
9. I can't find my vehicle's title. Where do I get a new one?
10. How do I register to vote?
11. Where do I get a fishing/hunting license?
12. Where do I get a business license?
13. When are elections held?
14. Where do I register my boat? What will it cost?
15. Where can I dispose of construction debris or wood?
16. What will it cost to register my car, motorcycle or trailer in the Town of Salem?
17. What forms of payment does the Town accept?
18. Where do I vote?
19. How do I find a Justice of the Peace to perform a marriage ceremony?
20. Where do I get a passport? Where do I get a Social Security card?
21. Where can I do genealogy research?