In many cases, records for individuals who died in New Hampshire are available from the City or Town Clerk in your community. If the death occurred in Manchester, NH or occurred in New Hampshire sometime after 1989, you will likely be able to obtain a certified copy of the death certificate at our office located at One City Hall Plaza or from the New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records.
Death records are considered private and confidential, with access limited to those individuals who have a "direct and tangible" interest in the record. The only exception is death records more than 50 years old which are considered public and are opened to the public.
Copies of death records may only be obtained by the registrant, a member of his/her immediate family, guardian, funeral director or a representative with a "direct and tangible interest" such as an attorney. In order to determine if the "legal representative" may have access to the record, the direct and tangible interest must be listed in any written correspondence with a copy of such legal document being provided.
Definition of Immediate Family: Mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, great-grandmother, great-grandfather, nephew, niece or any spouse of divorced or legally separated person or person whose former marriage has been annulled. It shall not include cousins.
Any person shall be guilty of a Class B Felony if he/she willfully and knowingly makes any false statement in an application for a certified copy of a vital record (NH RSA 126:24).
The fees for a certified death certificate is $15.00 for the first copy and $10.00 for each additional copy requested at the same time for the same record. When requesting a copy of a death certificate by mail, please make sure you indicate whether you need it with the cause of death or without the cause of death. Please make check or money order payable to the City of Manchester.
Applying for a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate
In Person - You may come down to the Office of the City Clerk, One City Hall Plaza, on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Can't make it to City Hall by 5:00 pm.? Did you know we're also open on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each week, excluding holidays. You will need to provide positive identification and complete a request form.
By Mail - You may complete the online application form Request for Death Certificate and send with proper payment to the Office of the City Clerk, One City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH 03101. A self-addressed return envelope with the appropriate postage affixed is required to process all mail requests.
If the record is not found, the office will retain the $15.00 for each record requested and notify you that the record was not found.
The State of NH requires a copy of a valid picture identification for the individual applying for the death certificate before a record will be released.
Amending a Death Certificate
Sometimes a person may find that the information on the official death record is not correct or information is missing. If this is the case, it is possible to have the official record corrected or information added. There is a fee of $10.00 for any correction to a death record if the correction is not done within 14 days from the file date. It must be done in person in the town or city in which the death occurred.
There are special forms that need to be completed and you may be required to provide additional documentation in order to correct the record. Please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (603) 624-6455 or by Email with any questions you may have regarding amending a death record.
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