Frequently Asked Questions

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
No, in New Hampshire you may not obtain a certified online driving record.

To get information on drivers report and driving history, you need to go to the office in Concord or submit a request by mail, regardless of the type of report that you need. Both certified and non-certified driving records can be obtained in person, by submitting the adequate forms and paying the required fees.

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
In New Hampshire, if you have a drivers license suspension or if you have been assigned demerit points to your drivers license, you may be required to attend an additional driving course.

Traffic ticket fines are often subject to individual court decisions and may often be disputed if you get in touch with a traffic lawyer.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in New Hampshire

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
Traffic fines must be addressed to the appropriate official authority, which is either the Department of Safety or the Circuit Court. This information is usually indicated on the actual traffic ticket issued.

You can pay by choosing one of the following four options:

  • In person
  • Online
  • Via mail at:

NH Dept. of Safety DMV – FR/PBM PO Box 472 Concord NH 03302-0472

  • Via telephone (with major credit cards only)

Some of the above payment methods may not be available in case of payment delays. It is recommended that you always aim to pay traffic ticket within 30 days of the date of issuance, as you will save yourself time and further fines that may result from the delay.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in New Hampshire

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
If you suspect that someone has illegally accessed your New Hampshire DMV records, you must contact the NH DMV as soon as possible and file a police report.

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
A driving record in New Hampshire is available either in person or via mail.

To get drivers record, you must complete these steps:

NH Department of SafetyDMV – FR Records23 Hazen DriveConcord NH 03305

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
If you refuse to pay a traffic ticket because you plead not guilty, you may also choose to dismiss it by getting in touch with a traffic lawyer and disputing your case at the appropriate court of jurisdiction.

Note that certain traffic violations carry the note of “must appear” attached to the citation and are hence subject to mandatory court appearance.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in New Hampshire

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
To get another person’s driving record in New Hampshire, you need to act either as law enforcement agent; insurance company or government agency or you must obtain explicit permission from the individual whom you are requesting the record for. If you meet one of these requirements, you can proceed by following these steps:

NH Department of SafetyDMV – FR Records23 Hazen DriveConcord NH 03305

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
If you refuse to submit an alcohol test when being stopped by a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire, you will be held responsible for failing to respect the “implied consent” regulation and will be subject to administrative drivers license suspension, which may include:

  • Suspension of 180 days for the first offense.
  • Suspension of two years for subsequent offenses.

A $100 reinstatement fee is required in order to reinstate a regular driving license and aCDL license. A $50 reinstatement fee is required for a youth operator license. These fees need to be paid in addition to any other course of action assigned by court orders.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for New Hampshire

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
Demerit points are recorded on your driving record and, if you accumulate at least six in one calendar year, in addition to the traffic fines, your drivers license may be suspended.

Depending on your driving behavior, your driving record may be improved as demerit points are kept on record for three years only.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in New Hampshire

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
Suspended driving license in New Hampshire has different demerit points assigned depending on the age of the offender and the period in which the violations have occurred.

Your driving record will be marked with the following suspensions:

  • Up to three months suspension:
    • If you are under 18 and have received 6 demerit points in one year.
    • If you are under 21 and have received 9 demerit points in one year.
    • If you are over 21 and have received 12 demerit points in one year.
  • Up to six months suspension:
    • If you are under 18 and have received 12 demerit points in two years.
    • If you are under 21 and have received 15 demerit points in two year.
    • If you are over 21 and have received 18 demerit points in two years.
  • Up to one-year suspension:
    • If you are under 18 and have received 18 demerit points in three years.
    • If you are under 21 and have received 21 demerit points in three year.
    • If you are over 21 and have received 24 demerit points in three years.

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
Reducing points on a police record in New Hampshire is done only by attending courses at schools that offer approved driver improvement courses.

To have your previously assigned demerit points reduced you need to certify in front of the Bureau of Hearings that you have passed the required program. Note that the points will still be shown on your driving record although they will be reduced.

A total of three demerit points will be reduced from the total driving record if offenders successfully attend the Safe Driver Course.

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
To obtain traffic or parking ticket information in the event that you lost the copy of the original ticket, you can submit a written and signed request to the NHDMV with information including:

  • Your name and date of birth.
  • Where the ticket was issued.
  • The name of the police department.
  • The violation that was indicated.
  • Payment or plea of not guilty.

You are encouraged to search and take care of the traffic ticket fines as soon as possible, as late payment may not only result in higher fines, but in suspended drivers license too.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in New Hampshire

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
Driving under the influence in New Hampshire is a serious offense and the police officer who has stopped you can decide to confiscate your driving license. To get it back, you must fulfill all action that has been ordered by the relevant hearing authority, which may include:

  • Paying fines
  • Attend an alcohol awareness program
  • Get additional insurance
  • Attend drivers ed programs

You must contact the nearest DMV office to confirm the exact steps you will need to take to reinstate revoked driving license.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for New Hampshire

What are the different types of driving records?
The DMV in Concord New Hampshire issues three types of reports to interested applicants, including:

  • An insurance drivers record report,which covers five years on convictions and three years on accidents.
  • A certified drivers record report, which contains detailed information regarding past history. It is printed, stamped and sealed and it covers seven years on convictions, ten years on DWI convictions, and five years on accidents.
  • A non-certified drivers record report, which contains detailed information regarding past history. It is not officially certified with a stamp and a seal and it covers seven years on convictions, ten years on DWI convictions, and five years on accidents.

Note that retention periods for CDL license holders are longer.

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
DUI convictionsin New Hampshire are severe and can result in certain penalties, including:

  • Being held guilty of misdemeanor or felony
  • Imprisonment
  • Fines between $500 and $1000
  • Attendance to an alcohol awareness program and related costs
  • Ignition Interlock Device and related costs
  • Drivers license suspension from nine months to two years
  • Six demerit points added to yourdriving record

The appropriate hearing authority will decide on the penalties that will be ruled for your particular case.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for New Hampshire

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
New Hampshire acts in line with federal requirements for CDL licenses and assigns stricter fines to offenders who have received traffic fines.

CDL license owners need to report the violation to their employer as it affects their line of work.

In addition to the higher fees that they may need to pay, their CDL license may be downgraded or may be suspended for life in case of repeated traffic violations.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in New Hampshire

What information does a driving record contain?
Driving records in New Hampshire containdrivers person information, DMV administrative data and traffic record information, including:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • New Hampshire identification number
  • DMV file number
  • SR22 insurance requirements
  • Completion date of the driving course
  • Completion date of driver attitude program
  • Historical records:
    • Suspensions
    • Reinstatements
    • Convictions
    • Accidents
    • Demerit points

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The cost of DUI citations in New Hampshire depends on the severity and number of offenses you have on your record. DUI costs can range from $500 to $1000. These ranges do not take into account any costs that may be related to obtaining insurance, going through additional education or alcohol awareness training or administrative costs for drivers license reinstatement or ignition interlock costs.

Make sure to pay attention to all various expenses that are related to DWI offenses and consider that you might get a DUI attorney and dispute the fine at a hearing.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for New Hampshire

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The cost of traffic ticketin New Hampshire is stated on the back of your citation by the law enforcement offices that issued it.

Make sure to act timely on your traffic ticket, as late payments may result in an administrative lateness fee as high as $50. Also, take into account the fees that may arise as result of reinstating drivers license if it has been suspended.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in New Hampshire

What is the cost to get a driver record?
In order to get a driving record in New Hampshire, you must pay a $15 fee for each copy of the report. If you need to get two separate types of driving reports, you will be charged the $15 fee for each copy.

Additionally, if you need to obtain an accident or crash report, you will also need to pay $1 extra for each page of the report on top of the minimum $5 basic fee.

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
New Hampshire is in compliance with federal requirements for disqualifying a commercial driving license due to DUI/DWI convictions. Initial DUI offenses for CDL drivers will result in one-year suspension.

CDL drivers must be particularly careful if they have been charged with DUI convicitons and transport hazardous materials at the same time, as the penalty is longer suspension.

Subsequent DWI offenses can result in CDL licenses being suspended for life.

For more information:DUI/DWI Information for New Hampshire

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
If you are a minor and you have been convicted of DWI in New Hampshire, you must attend a hearing at the Bureau of Hearings.The bureau will decide on the action you will need to take to reinstate suspended drivers license.

All further inquiries, petitions and appeals about DWI hearings can be addressed to:

Bureau of Hearings

Department Of Safety 33 Hazen Drive Concord, NH 03305

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for New Hampshire

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
New Hampshire drivers who have received a license revocation due to a DUI or DWI citation must first satisfy the court requirements for their period of suspension. Once the revocation period finishes, you can apply to have your drivers license revoked at DMV offices by following these steps:

  • Pay reinstatement fees for your type of license
  • Provide proof of SR22 insurance
  • Attend drivers education
  • Pass all required tests
  • Complete Alcohol Awareness Program under the Impaired Driver Care Management Programs (IDCMP) scheme in New Hampshire

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for New Hampshire

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
Suspended drivers license as a result of repetitive DUI offenses may be accompanied by an ignition interlock device being installed on your motor vehicle.

The interlock device will be installed for a period not shorter than 12 months and not longer than 24 months. It can only be done by New Hampshire authorized dealers, which at the moment are:

  • Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc. 800-332-6858
  • Consumer Safety Technology, Inc. 877-777-5020

All expenses related to this device are on the account of the offender.

Once an ignition interlock device has been installed to your car, you must present a certificate for installation to the DMV in Concord which will appropriately mark your drivers license and your license plates.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for New Hampshire

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
The Division of Motor Vehicles at the New Hampshire Department of Safety has established an online system to pay traffic fines which is available on their official website.

The online payment option is available within 30 days from the ticket date. To complete the payment, you must select the plea of Guilty or NoLo Contendere notification.

Certain municipalities may also offer online parking ticket payment but they are selective. It is hence best if you check the information additionally by contacting relevant town or city clerks.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in New Hampshire

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
Certain changes in the driving record depend on the accumulation of offenses over a certain time. Therefore,driving records may not completely reflect the last two weeks prior to your request.

Contact DMV in Concord to ask for most accurate and most recent version of your driving history.

For more information: New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle Demerit Point System

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
The Department of Safety in New Hampshirehas a demerit points system for certain convictions and traffic violations.

This means that not only will you have to pay the cost of traffic ticket, but you will also be assigned a certain number of demerit points, which will be ruled according to the severity of the offense.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in New Hampshire

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
To increase traffic safety, New Hampshire introduced an alcohol awareness program under the name Impaired Driver Care Management Programs (IDCMP) which is approved by the Department of Health and Human Services and by the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services.

Drivers who have been convicted ofdriving while intoxicatedmust participate in this program.

You must get in touch with IDCMP within three days of your DWI conviction to schedule the initial appointment. Failure to do so may result in further penalties.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for New Hampshire