Resources: Drivers Licenses

Regulations affecting driver licenses and NH State ID.

Tips on Working with NH DMV

One of the first things many of you will have to do when you move here, before you can vote, before you can get a New Hampshire ID or driver's license, before you can file most government forms is obtain "proof of residency".

For your average middle-class family this is fairly simple; you rent a house, use local utilities, and use your first bill as proof. Simple. If this describes your moving situation you may stop reading now .

For the rest of us single people who are likely to rent a room for a month to get started, have utilities included in the rent, may not even have a lease for awhile, proof of residency becomes much more difficult in Manchester. While other cities/towns provide a "letter of residency" from the clerk Manchester does not. Instead, you must get a letter notarized from someone you're living with, be them your landlord, roommate, or the guy who's letting you crash on his couch. This letter must include the following:

  1. The name of the landlord, rommate, etc. who is writing the letter for you

  2. The date

  3. Your full name

  4. The address of the residence

  5. That you are living there

  6. Their signature, signed in front of a public notary

  7. The public notary's signature and stamp

  8. An example letter is as follows, made for Bob Mover by Rebecca Couchspace:

October 20th, 2007

To whom it may concern:

Bob Mover is a resident of my household at 1776 Revolutionary Drive apt. 4 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Rebecca Couchspace

Caren Checker

Notary Public

CAREN CHECKER

Notary Pubic - New Hampshire

My Commission Expires March 15th, 2012

(embroidered stamp)

Now, as I learned today from Tricia Piecuch the Manchester Deputy Clerk, they (the city clerk's office) have "about 8" public notaries. But they have a policy due to the high volume of requests, not to serve as notaries for proof of residency. That is, they will not take the 5 minutes it requires them to verify that the person signing the letter is the person shown on their photo ID, which is the only function the notary serves in, because everyone would request this. As I stood in line, two people in front of me were making similar requests. They spent longer explaining to people why they wouldn't do this than it would have taken them to act as public servants in their role as public notaries.

So instead, save yourself the breath (at least until we can pressure a policy change at either the DMV or the Manchester City Clerk's office) and drop $5 to Corrine at the UPS Store less than a block away. She's very friendly with us Free Staters, and several of us have mail boxes with her. The person signing the document just has to show ID and it's done.


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