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Vital Records – Birth, Death, Divorce, Marriage Certificates

 

New Hampshire vital records are considered to be private and access to them is restricted by statute to those individuals who have a “direct and tangible interest” in the record.  To view all of the disclosure limitations to our records, click on this link to our statute: RSA 5-C:9.  Certain older records are exempted from these access restrictions:  “Birth records more than 100 years old and death, marriage, and divorce records more than 50 years old shall be considered part of the public domain.”  (RSA 5-C:105)

Individuals wishing to research these “genealogical” records may do so by visiting our “Genealogical Research Center” that is located at our site at 71 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301.

In order to get a certified copy of any restricted vital record you will have to complete an application. You will also need to furnish a positive identification including, but not limited to, a driver’s license, or passport. (if done by mail a photo copy is fine) This can be done by mail or in person.

 

 

APPLICATION FOR A VITAL RECORDS CERTIFICATE

 

If applying by mail please send us the following:

–          Completed application

–          Photo copy of positive I.D.

–          Self addressed stamped envelope so we can send the certificate(s) back to you

–          Phone number just in case we have any questions

–          Check or money order made out to the Town of Seabrook

 

Seabrook Town Clerk

Po box 476

99 Lafayette rd

Seabrook, NH 03874

 

 

What is the Cost?

 

The first certified copy is $15 and $10 for each additional copy of same record.

 

 

What if I do not have a Positive photo I.D.?

 

Click the link below to find out what you can send us.

Documentation Evidence for Individuals Not Possessing An Acceptable Picture Identification.

 

 

 

How do I know my record is at Seabrook Town Hall?

 

Birth- If the child was born in Seabrook or Any Birth that was in the State of NH 1982 to present.

 

Death- If the person Died in Seabrook or Died in the State of NH 1990 to present

 

Marriage-If the person FILED marriage intentions in Seabrook or got married in the State of NH 1989 to present

 

Divorce- If the person(s) were divorced in the State of NH 1990 to within six (6) months from present search

 

 

 

Who has access to my records?

(Copied and pasted from the State of NH Vital records website. To view in its entirety RSA 5-C:9. )

CHAPTER 5-C
VITAL RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Section 5-C:9

The applicant, a member of his or her immediate family, his or her guardian, or respective legal representatives shall be considered to have a direct and tangible interest for purposes of this section. Others may demonstrate a direct and tangible interest when information is needed for determination or protection of a personal or property right.
II. The term “legal representative” shall include an attorney, physician, funeral director, or other authorized agent acting in behalf of the applicant or his or her family.
III. Commercial firms or agencies requesting a listing of names and addresses shall not be considered to have a direct and tangible interest.
IV. Properly qualified members of the press, radio, television, and other news media shall be considered to have a direct and tangible interest in vital statistic records when the information requested by such media sources is of a public nature.
V. Disclosure of certain information and statistical data to federal, state, or local agencies and research for legitimate purposes other than requests for vital records information for the purposes of health-related research under RSA 126:24-c may be authorized by the registrar under RSA 5-C:102-111.
VI. The department of health and human services shall have a direct and tangible interest in vital records information in accordance with the provisions of RSA 126:24-c.
VII. Disclosure of voluntary acknowledgments and adjudication of paternity by judicial or administrative processes shall be released for the purposes of the state case registry pursuant to RSA 161-B:7.
VIII. The New Hampshire retirement system shall have a direct and tangible interest in a limited data set of death, marriage, and divorce information of members and beneficiaries for purposes of administering RSA 100-A, limited to name of registrant, date of birth, place of birth, social security number, date of vital event, place of vital event, marital status, and name of spouse. The secretary of state and the executive director of the New Hampshire retirement system shall enter into a memorandum of understanding for the purposes of delineating specific procedures for access to this limited data set.