College Students & Non-Residents

College Students


College Students are not required to establish residency in the State of New Hampshire. Sometimes students have loans, scholarships or grants that are based on residency in their home state and their eligibility would be affected by changing their residency to New Hampshire.

If you are a college student and choose to become a resident, you will have 60 days upon establishing residency in the State of New Hampshire to obtain a New Hampshire driver's license and register your vehicles.

If you are a student and you do not wish to become a resident, you will not be required to obtain a New Hampshire driver's license or register your vehicles in New Hampshire. If you plan to purchase a vehicle while you are attending school, you have 2 options for registration that will allow you to maintain residency in your home state:
  1. You can register your vehicle in your home state. Prior to purchasing your vehicle, please contact the DMV in your state for processing requirements. If you purchase your vehicle through a New Hampshire dealer, explain your situation and ask for the title or certificate of origin. The dealer should not complete a title application for New Hampshire.
  2. You can register your vehicle in New Hampshire as a non-resident. Please see the non-resident section below.

Non-Resident Registrations


College students and seasonal residents may choose to register their vehicle in New Hampshire without having to become a resident only if the vehicle will be housed exclusively in the State of New Hampshire. This means it cannot be taken out of New Hampshire for any overnight trips. If this restriction is not feasible for your situation, please register your vehicle in your home state.

If you plan to purchase a vehicle through a New Hampshire dealer that will be housed exclusively in New Hampshire, please inform the dealer at the time of purchase that you are a non-resident. They must prepare the title application for the vehicle which reflects both your New Hampshire address and your out-of-state residence address.

When you visit our office to register your vehicle, please tell us immediately that you are a non-resident so we can properly process your transaction. Please have proof of a connection to the property that you are claiming in New Hampshire. The proof of connection meets the same requirements as proof of residency for those wishing to register as residents. Learn more about Residency Requirements for Motor Vehicle Registrations (PDF). You will also be asked to provide your correct out-of-state residence address. Your registration will be issued and marked as "Non-Resident." Your record will also be marked as such, to avoid having to change your driver's license to New Hampshire.