Motor Vehicle Registration

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In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
AN ACT relative to permits for vehicle registration.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Certificates of Title and Registration of Vehicles; Municipal Permits for Registration; Permit Required. Amend RSA 261:148, I-II to read as follows:
I. A current, government-issued photo identification card and a certificate of title, if required by the provisions of this chapter, or application for such certificate of title; or
II. In the case of a vehicle exempted from the title requirements of this chapter, a current, government-issued photo identification card and:
(a) A bill of sale from such previous owner; or
(b) If the previous owner was a dealer in vehicles, a temporary registration certificate or an application for a certificate of title.
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.


You only need one check when processing motor vehicle registrations made out to:
Barrington Town Clerk

Registration Fees Explained

You always start with the Town Clerk when registering a car. The Clerk prepares the registration, and the applicant pays a personal property tax based on the value of the vehicle.

The motor vehicle permit fee is based on the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) or the original list price of the vehicle without options.

The permit fee for the current model year is $18/$1000 of the list price. The rate then drops in $3 increments as follows:

Year 2$15/$1000
Year 3$12/$1000
Year 4$9/$1000
Year 5$6/$1000
Year 6$3/$1000

In New Hampshire, cars are registered in the birth month of the owner, and the tax is pro-rated from the date of registration to the birth month.

The Clerk prepares the application for the New Hampshire Certificate of Title if necessary.


Effective January 1, 2015: A title will be required for any vehicle with a model year of 2000 or newer.

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