This office collects property taxes, current use tax, timber tax, gravel tax and places municipal liens on personal property. This office also registers your car, registers you to vote (with the exception of 10 days before an election), licenses your dog, provides you with your marriage license, fill and dredge permits, provides certified copies of marriage, births and deaths. Keeps all minutes for all Boards in the Town of Chester. Provides absentee ballots for you, collects parking tickets, etc.
As of February 1st, 2010, the Town Clerk’s office can take credit/debit cards for car registrations, dog licenses, parking tickets and marriage licenses. The cards we honor are: VISA, Master Card, American Express, JCB, and Discover. We are pleased to provide you with the following information. As of September 26, 2013, residents may click on the following logo to see our Site Certification Certificate for your safety and security while using your credit/debit cards.
Where there is no bank in Town, this Office does not accept hundred dollar bills for Car Registrations or Taxes, unless you have the exact amount due.
Barbara L. Gagnon, Town Clerk
84 Chester Street, Chester, NH 03036
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7:00 am – 12:30 pm.
Tuesday 7:00 am – 11:45 am (closing for lunch)
Open Tuesday afternoons: 12:30 pm – 3:30pm.
Voter Registration: You may also register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office during her regular business hours with the exception of 10 days before an election.
Voting Procedures (updated 10/15/2012)
Taxes are due July 1 and December 1.
Please click on the following for Instructions for online Tax Payment or Information Lookup . Thank you.
For your convenience, you may pay your taxes online by using the following link:
On registering a new vehicle to yourself: If the vehicle is less than fifteen (15) years old, you need a Title or a Certificate of Origin and proof that you are a Chester resident. If the vehicle is fifteen (15) years or older, you need proof that you are a Chester resident and one of the following: the old Title, a copy of the previous NH registration, or the form TDMV 19A (Verification of Vehicle Identification Form). If you need the TDMV 19A Form, please call the non-emergency Police phone number (887-2080), and they will come out to check the VIN and bring the Form.
If you are transferring the vehicle, I need the old registration from the car you are taking off the road (a photocopy is not acceptable, and remember that the person on the registration and the title have to match (a wife cannot transfer a husband’s plates or vice versa)).
Vehicle registrations expire on the last day of the owner’s birth month, except in the case of a company-owned or leased vehicle. In this case, the expiration date is determined by the first letter of the company name. The Town of Chester forwards registration reminders to vehicle owners; however, it is the registrant’s responsibility to renew the vehicle in the event of lost or misdirected mail. Registrations being renewed by mail must include a self-addressed envelope in order to avoid mailing delays. There is no grace period on expired registrations.
If you have a special problem with registering a car, please call me during my normal business hours and I will be more than happy to accommodate your schedule by making a 6:30 AM appointment with you on Monday through Friday. In order to assure that I am in the office on the day you wish to come in early, please call me the day before (to avoid inconvenience to you if I am at a workshop or attending a class on the day you happened to come in). It is preferable if you do not wait until the last day of the month to register as there are usually long lines and, therefore, a longer wait for you. Any forms needed like a change of address, duplicate title application, or application for a certified copy of a registration can be picked up at any Town Clerk’s office or regular motor vehicle office.
The renewal letters you receive are just a courtesy; and if you do not receive one, you can still register your car by using your plate number here.
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For a marriage license you will need to bring in proof of age, if this is second or etc. marriage you will need to bring a sealed copy of a divorce decree or a certified copy of a death certificate, whichever applies. A marriage license is $45.00, it’s good for 90 days. Both applicants must apply together to start the paper work and arrive at the Town Clerk’s Office one (1) hour before it closes in order to fill out the license.
Dog License: Dog License Application
All dogs must be licensed by April 30th each year in order to avoid the added cost of a Civil Forfeiture in the amount of $25.00 plus the license and late fees, per NH RSA 466:13.
Dogs may be registered in-person at the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office or by mail. (Click the link above to download an application.) Send vaccination certificate, spayed/neutering certificate, check for the correct amount and a self-addressed envelope to my office. Unaltered males or females are $9.00, spayed and neutered dogs are $6.50 and seniors (65 or older) the first dog is $2.00, then the regular fee after that.
E-Reg: Electronic Dog License Registration System
(Click on the link below to register your dog electronically, please be sure to start with the numbers zero, zero, (“00″) for all tag numbers.)
All Vital Records:
On vital records, all requests by mail require a $15.00 payment check for the first vital record and $10.00 for each duplicate copy. Please send a check and the information on your request; and we will search the records and mail you back the certified copy of the event. Applications may be downloaded and printed for your convenience by clicking on the appropriate link below:
Application for a Copy of a Marriage License
Application for a Copy of a Birth Certificate
Application for a Copy of a Death Certificate
Please click on the following link for requests by credit cards or ACH:
Fill & Dredge Permit:
On a fill & dredge you need to bring in the completed application per the application sheet. You will also need a check for $10.00 made out to the Town of Chester and you must have the envelope that goes to the State, weighed and have the correct certified postage.