Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Town Office?
Contrary to what you might think, the Town Office is not the beautiful white building with the steeple on the home page. That is the Rindge Meetinghouse. The Town Office is right next door, at 30 Payson Hill Road. From the intersection of Rts. 202 and 119, take 119 East, and the third right, at the second blinking light, is Payson Hill Road. The Town Clerk's Office is in the back on the lower level.
Where do I register my car?
Go to see the Town Clerk, Nancy Martin, at the Rindge Town office. You will need to show proof of residency, such as an Eversoure or Verizon bill which shows your physical address; you will also need to show photo I.D., even if you are coming from another city or town in New Hampshire. If your vehicle is the year 2000 or newer, you will need your title. If there is a lienholder, they need to send the out of state title to the Town Clerk or title bureau in Concord. For vehicles 1999 or older you will need either a title or copy of the title, a prior New Hampshire registration or a New Hampshire VIN Verification Form (available at Town Clerk's office). The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 – 1:00 and 2:00 – 4:00, 2nd & 4th Thursdays 9:00--1:00 and 2:00--6:30, and Friday from 9:00 – 1:00. ( Hours are subject to change due to weather, meetings, etc.) If you have specific questions, she can be reached at 899-5181 x107.
Where do I get a new driver's license?
You need to go to the New Hampshire Registry of Motor Vehicles. The closest one is in Keene. They are open on Monday through Friday, 8:15am--4:15pm for drivers’ licenses. You have 60 days after registering your vehicle to obtain a NH driver's license. You will need to bring your birth certificate, social security card, your current out-of-state driver's license, and your New Hampshire vehicle registration (as proof of residence). To get to the Registry, take Route 119 West to Fitzwilliam and a right on Route 12 North to Keene. Take a left on Route 9 West toward Vermont. Go halfway through the rotary and through two lights and the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be on your right, behind Michaels. If you have questions, their number is 227-4020.
Where do I license my dog?
You need to see the Town Clerk, Nancy Martin, at the Rindge Town office. Her office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 – 1:00 and 2:00 – 4:00, 2nd & 4th Thursdays 9:00--1:00 and 2:00--6:30, and Friday from 9:00 – 1:00. If you have specific questions, she can be reached at 899-5181 x107.
Please bring a current rabies certificate and spaying or neutering documentation if applicable. Fees are: $6.50 Spayed/Neutered, $9.00 Not Spayed/Neutered, $2.00 Puppies under 7 months, $20.00 Group License (5+ dogs).
New dog tags are available in January for the current licensing year; dog licenses are due by April 30th of each year.
Where is the Post Office?
The Post Office is located at 1056 Route 119. From the intersection of Routes 202 and 119, take 119 East, it’s on the left after the intersection of Cathedral/Payson Hill Road. The phone number is 899-3372.
How do I register to vote?
You need to see the Town Clerk, Nancy Martin, at the Rindge Town Office. Her office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 – 1:00 and 2:00 – 4:00, 2nd & 4th Thursdays 9:00--1:00 and 2:00-6:30, and Friday from 9:00 – 1:00. If you have specific questions, she can be reached at 899-5181 x107.
Please bring your photo id and proof of residency.
Where do I dispose of my trash?
We have a Transfer Station in Rindge, with a mandatory recycling program. There is no public trash pick-up, but some residents hire private companies. The Transfer Station is located at 113 Main Street. From the intersection of Routes 202 and 119, take 119 East, and the second right is Main Street. The transfer station is on the left before the Fire and Police Stations. You can purchase a sticker at the Town Office. The price is $20 for a sticker, valid through the end of March, Senior Citizens 65+ the price is $5. The transfer station is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 – 7:00, Friday 1:00 – 7:00 and Saturday 8:00 – 3:00. If you have specific questions about what can be recycled, please call 899-2107.
Who is the cable company?
Argent Communications. They can be reached by phone at (877) 295-1254.
What do I need to apply for a marriage license?
Marriage License in Rindge, NH
Both individuals must appear at the Rindge Town Clerks Office together. Exceptions may be made for individuals enlisted in the United States military.
How Much a Marriage License Cost?
The marriage license fee is $50.
Valid Picture Identification:
Acceptable forms of identification include:
- Valid driver's license or identification card from Department of Motor Vehicles
- Valid passport
- Valid military card
Original or certified birth certificate (Foreign birth certificates must be translated into English and notarized.)
Applicants do not have to be a resident of the Granite State.
Applicants 18 and over can marry without parental consent. Non-residents under the age of 18 may not marry in New Hampshire. No female below the age of 13 or male below the age of 14 may be married in New Hampshire under any conditions. Female applicants between the ages of 13 and 17 and male applicants between the ages of 14 and 17 can only be married with a waiver and permission from their parent or legal guardian.
There is no waiting period in the State of New Hampshire.
Marriage License Validity Period:
It is always a good idea not to literally wait until the last minute, however the license is valid the day you apply for it. On the other hand, do not apply too far in advance as marriage licenses do have an expiration date. A marriage license is only good for three months or 90 days after the issue date.
Solemnization or Marriage Ceremony Authority:
"Solemnize" is to celebrate or observe with formal ceremonies or rites. For a marriage to be legal, it must be performed by one of the solemnization officials listed below:
- A justice of the peace commissioned in the State of New Hampshire.
- Any minister of the gospel in New Hampshire ordained according to the usage of his or her denomination, living in the Granite State, and in regular standing with the denomination.
- Any member of the clergy who is not ordained but is engaged in the service of the religious body to which he or she belongs, resides in New Hampshire, after being licensed by the Secretary of State.
The secretary of state may issue a license to an unordained clergy who is a resident of New Hampshire and who is a member of and engaged in the service of a religious body which is chartered by the state if he or she presents a certification from that body that he or she is in its service, together with an application and the statutory fee of $5.00. The license issued by the secretary of state shall authorize the clergyman to solemnize marriages in New Hampshire as long as he retains a good standing in his religious body.
- By any Minister who resides outside of New Hampshire, but has a pastoral charge wholly or partly in New Hampshire, if the marriage is performed within his parish, after being licensed by the Secretary of State.
The Secretary of State may issue a special license to an ordained minister or unordained minister who resides outside of New Hampshire to perform a single marriage in New Hampshire. An application, available through the Secretary of State's office, (or the above link) is required, along with the statutory fee of $25.00. A special license will be issued to perform one marriage only. This special license is required to be filed with the regular marriage license which the couple obtained from the town or city clerk.
- An individual who resides outside of New Hampshire, who is authorized or licensed by law in their state of residence to perform marriages.
The Secretary of State may issue a special license to an individual residing out of state who is authorized or licensed by law to perform marriages in such individual's state of residence, authorizing him or her in a special case to marry a couple within the state. The Secretary of State may require the submission of a copy of a valid commission or other indicia of authority to marry in the individual's state of residence as proof of existence of that authority. The names and residences of the couple proposed to be married in such special case shall be stated in the license, and no power shall be conferred to marry any other parties than those named therein. The fee for such license shall be $25.00.
- Judges of the United States appointed pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution, or by United States magistrate judges appointed pursuant to federal law.
- Bankruptcy judges appointed pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution.
The Secretary of State may issue a special license to a judge of the United States residing in New Hampshire who is appointed pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution, to a judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court residing in this state and appointed pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution, or to a United States magistrate judge residing in this state and appointed pursuant to federal law, to marry a couple within the state. There shall be a $25.00 fee for each license. A copy of the marriage license of the couple proposed to be married shall be filed with the secretary of state who shall maintain a permanent record of all such marriage licenses and the name and residence of the judge or magistrate performing the ceremony.
- Jewish rabbis who are citizens of the United States and reside in New Hampshire.
No one can marry himself or herself, even if he or she meets the solemnization requirements stated above.
For more information you may contact the Secretary of State's Office at (603) 271-3242.
Divorced or Widowed:
A certified copy of a death certificate of a former spouse, if applicant is widowed; a certified copy of a final divorce decree, if the applicant is divorced; a certified copy of an annulment decree, if the applicant's previous marriage was annulled.
Same Sex Marriages:
Yes, effective January 1, 2010.
Any person shall be guilty of a Class B Felony if he/she willfully and knowingly makes any false statements on an application for a certified copy of a vital record (NH RSA 126.24).
Request must include the following: Date of marriage, place of marriage, maiden name of bride, name of groom, photo copy of ID, the fee is $15.00 payable to Town of Rindge, please include a SASE for the return of your document. One must have a direct relation to the applicant; (self, mother, father, brother, sister, etc.)
Questions? 603-899-5181 x 107 or email email@example.com.
Mailing address: Rindge Town Clerk, 30 Payson Hill Rd, Rindge, NH 03461
*While these guidelines are based on New Hampshire state laws, some rules may vary from county to county. A call to the appropriate town or city clerk is advisable. State and county marriage license requirements often change.*
The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your city or town clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.