Town Clerk’s Office: (603) 887-3636 Fax: (603) 887-4334
Erin Newnan, Town Clerk/Tax Collector (2017)
Barbara Cannon, Deputy Town Clerk
84 Chester Street
Chester, NH 03036
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
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM NH STATE DMV*
The NH Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles is pleased to announce that a new computer system (VISION) will be implemented in the month of February to bring the State into compliance with the REAL ID program for driver’s licenses. As a result, there will be an interruption of motor vehicle registration processing statewide. Town/City Clerk’s offices, along with the DMV offices, will be unable to process new or renewal registrations over the President’s Day holiday weekend, beginning Friday, February 17, 2017, and will be resuming motor vehicle transactions on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
If you have a new registration, a temporary plate, or your registration renewal is due during the month of February, please make sure you are aware of the processing interruption and plan ahead. Please feel free to visit the DMV website at www.nh.gov/dmv for updates concerning this implementation.
Chester Town Clerk Hours will be as follows during the State’s upgrade:
Friday, February 17th: 8:00am – 1:00pm
*Saturday, February 18th: We will be closed. We WILL be open on Saturday, February 11th from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
Monday, February 20th: President’s Day Holiday – Town Offices Closed
Tuesday, February 21st: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 22nd: Business as usual.
Vehicle Registration Forms and Information:
February 2017 – We are often asked if a vehicle registration can be done by a family member at the Town Clerk’s office. Family members can do renewals for other family members and can register a “new to you” vehicle and get plates as long as the title application has already been done through the dealer or lending institution. In this case, they will supply you with two copies of a blue Certificate of Title Application (CTA). The State has a new requirement that family members who are registering a “new to you” vehicle and getting plates must have a letter from the registrant (owner of the vehicle) that gives permission to register the vehicle and that specifies what plate the vehicle is to receive. To assist with this requirement, feel free to use this Permission to Register Vehicle Form.
E-Reg: Electronic Vehicle Registration System
We cannot make change for $100 bills for DMV transactions or Tax payments. We can only accept $100 bills if you have the exact amount due.
Chair, Supervisors of the Checklist: Dianna Charron, (603) 887-4617
Election day was an incredible day! It was Chester’s biggest turnout ever for an election. 3,041 votes were cast and over 270 new voters registered at the polls. Thank you everyone for coming out to vote. Thank you to all of the poll workers who made the day go very smoothly.
I received several questions about changing your party. We have a short form for accomplishing this request. Come into the office during counter hours and fill it out. 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.
Voter Registration: You may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours with the exception of 10 days before an election. Bring your driver’s license or state issued identification card and one of the following: birth certificate, passport, or naturalization papers.
Now is the time for you to register to vote or request an absentee ballot. Make your vote count! Be sure to declare a party for all primary election absentee ballot requests.
Get answers to your questions about voting in New Hampshire and how to request an absentee ballot. Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Requests
One4All 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.
Taxes are due July 1 and December 1.
Please click on the following for Instructions for online Tax Payment and Lookup Information a. Thank you.
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.) E-reg dog licensing – Town of Chester
All Vital Records:
Certified copies of birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates are available during our counter hours. There is a $15 fee for the first copy and a $10 fee for each additional copy. For your convenience, applications may be downloaded and printed:
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 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.