Driver's Licenses and Vehicle Registrations

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Driver's License

In order to acquire a New Hampshire driver’s license you must prove to the town clerk that you are a resident. You will be asked several questions in order to establish your residence in the Town of Sunapee. If you own an automobile you will need to register it before you may obtain a drivers license. Once the town clerk has declared you a resident, you may then proceed to an office of the Division of Motor Vehicles where you will be given a temporary license. Further information may be obtained from the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles.

Vehicle Registrations

We accept cash, check or debit/credit cards for payments of vehicle registrations.  Please note there is an added fee of 2.89% when using a card.  You must present your drivers license whenever you are transacting business for motor vehicles.

New Purchase

Any vehicles purchased that is the year 2000 or newer will require you to present a title application or a title. For vehicles older than a 2000 you will need a bill of sale and a completed Verification of Vehicle Identification Number TDMV19A (available at the town clerk’s office) in order to register your vehicle. In order to transfer your current New Hampshire license plates you must present your existing registration. For this type of registration you need to arrive one half hour before closing.

Renewals

If you previously registered a vehicle in Sunapee you will receive a renewal notice prior to your renewal month. Renewals may be processed in person or through the mail. Your old registration or your renewal notice must be presented to complete a renewal. For this type of registration you need to arrive one half hour before closing.

Vanity Plates

Vanity plates may be obtained from the at the Town Clerk's Office.

Construction Equipment

Construction equipment includes but not limited to the following:  bulldozers, rollers, scrapers, graders, spreaders, compressors, bucket loaders, construction tractors. You will need to visit your Town Clerk’s office to initiate the process. You pay a town fee based on the weight of the equipment. The process has to be completed at a New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles Office. The state rate is a flat fee. For this type of registration you need to arrive one half hour before closing.


Boat Registrations

Boats with motors of any type and sailboats twelve feet and over are required to be registered. Registrations are not required on sailboats under twelve feet, rowboats and canoes powered by sail, paddles or oars.  You must present your drivers license whenever you are transacting boat registrations.

Boat Renewals

Boats owners who have previously registered in the State of New Hampshire will receive a renewal registration in the mail. You need to bring this form to the Town Clerk’s Office for completion and payment of fees. Boat registrations expire on December 31st of the current year.  The owner of the boat must come in to complete the registration. For this type of registration you need to arrive fifteen minutes before closing.

New Boat Registrations

A bill of sale is required and all pertinent information on the boat in order for your Town Clerk to complete your boat registration. Fees for the Town and State will be collected based on the full year, the make and the length of the boat. For this type of registration you need to arrive one half hour before closing.