Town Clerk/Taxes

Phone:  (603) 887-3636    Fax: (603) 887-4334
Address:  84 Chester Street, Chester, NH 03036

Erin Newnan, Town Clerk/Tax Collector (2020)
ENewnan@ChesterNH.org
Barbara Cannon, Deputy Town Clerk
BCannon@ChesterNH.org

Counter Hours:
M-W-F       8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday    12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Thursday  12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
3rd Saturday of the month     8:00 am to 12:00 pm

 

Vehicle Registration 

You must present your Driver’s License for all in person DMV transactions per State requirements.
First time registration of a new or “new to you” vehicle:

Registration of vehicles purchased through private sale or from a non-NH dealer must be done in person by all owners listed on the title/bill of sale.

An owner’s family member may register a new vehicle if a NH lienholder or a NH dealer has supplied a blue NH State form called a Certificate of Title Application(CTA).  Family members must have permission from the primary owner listed on the CTA. The state requires the use of the Permission to Register Vehicle Form which must be fully completed by the vehicle owner and specify the type of plate to be issued. (The requirement for a blue CTA and permission also applies to family members doing transfers as listed below.)

To transfer a plate to another vehicle:

-The primary owner of the old vehicle and the primary owner of the new vehicle must be the same.
-You must have the original current registration for the vehicle you are taking off the road. Copies will not be accepted.  This gets turned in to the State.
-You must have the paperwork for the new vehicle.

To renew your vehicle registration, you must have one of the following:

-The previous registration, per RSA 261:148, or
-The mail-in renewal notice sent to you by this office.

Renewals may be done in person by the owner’s family members. No permission form is needed.

Online Registration Renewals:

E-Reg: Electronic Vehicle Registration System

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We can accept $100 bills ONLY if it is part of the exact amount due.  We do not keep sufficient change to break a $100 bill for DMV and Tax Payment transactions.

 

Taxes  (2017 tax rate is $23.41)

The 2nd issue 2017 tax bills are due December 13, 2017.

Please click on the following for Instructions on online Tax Payment and Lookup Information.

                     Statement of Acct

For your convenience, you may pay your taxes online by using the following link:

Chester e-reg taxes online payment option

 

Voting

Chair, Supervisors of the Checklist:  Dianna Charron, (603) 887-4617

Voter Registration:
You may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours up to 10 days before any election. Bring your driver’s license or state issued identification card and one of the following: birth certificate, passport, or naturalization papers.  Get answers to your questions about voting in New Hampshire and how to request an absentee ballot.  Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Requests

Voting-Procedures

Do you need to change your party for an upcoming primary?
You can do this in our office during counter hours up to 10 days before any election. We will be happy to get it to the Supervisors of the Checklist so that your party change has been made before the next election.

Uniformed Service members, their families, and citizens residing outside of the United States
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. This Act provides the legal basis for these citizens’ absentee voting requirements for federal offices.  https://www.fvap.gov/info/laws/uocava  Register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and update your contact information using the Federal Post Card Application. Please visit www.fvap.gov  for more information.

One4All – Accessible voting in NH

One4All is an accessible voting machine develop by the State of NH that allows voters who are blind or visually impaired, or who find it difficult to complete a paper ballot to vote independently.  It consists of a tablet and auditory prompts that allow you to vote the ballot.  The NH Association for the Blind has produced a video about how the system works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6jgmIdG56M

 

Fines

                    

 

Dog Licensing

Per RSA 466:1, all dogs must be licensed in the town in which they reside between January 1st and April 30th each year in order to avoid the added costs of a Civil Forfeiture, service fee, 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.   Dog License Application   Send the completed application with the vaccination certificate, spayed/neutered certificate, a check made out to the Town of Chester for the correct amount, and a legal-sized self-addressed stamped envelope.

Dog Licensing Fees:

Dogs NOT Spayed or Neutered             $9.00
Dogs Spayed or Neutered                      $6.50
For Residents 65 or older                       $2.00 for the first dog only (Additional dogs are full price.)
Group or Kennel (5 dogs or more)*        $20.00
Late Fees                                                $1.00/mo./dog (beginning June 1st)
Service Fee                                             $7.00/dog (beginning July 1st)
Civil Forfeiture                                         $25.00/dog (beginning July 1st)

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.) E-reg dog licensing – Town of Chester

 

 

All Vital Records

Certified Copies

Certified copies of birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates are available during our counter hours for the following years:

Birth records: 1935 to present (except 1949 and 1950)
Death records:  1965 to present
Marriage records:  1960 to present
Divorce records:  1979 to present

There is a $15 fee per search request which includes the first copy of the record, if found.  Additional copies are $10/copy.  Extensive genealogical research services are available at:

NH Division of Records Management Archives
71 South Fruit St.
Concord NH 03301
Ph: 603-271-2236

For your convenience, applications may be downloaded and printed:

Application for Copy of Marriage Certificate
Application for Copy of Birth Certificate
Application for Copy of Death Certificate

Please click on the following link for requests by credit cards or ACH: https://www.eb2gov.com/scripts/eb2gov.dll/EPay/Main?towncode=810&source=VR

Marriage Licenses

Marriage Licenses will be done by appointment only. Call 887-3636 for an appointment.  A marriage license is $50.00, and is good for 90 days.  Both applicants must apply together.  You will need to bring photo ID and proof of your age.  If this is a second (third…) marriage, you will need to bring a sealed copy of a divorce decree or a certified copy of a death certificate, whichever applies.  Please allow for one hour to complete the license.  

 

 

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.