Frequently Asked Questions

Is there transportation available for Seniors in need?

Posted by: Human Services

Yes!  The Lamprey HealthCare - Senior Transportation Program (1-800-582-7214) offers transportation for senior and disable Northwood residents every Tuesday.  Transportation is offered for medical appointments, shopping trips or a monthly recreational trip.  It is FREE but if you can afford it, there is a suggested donation of $3.00 

 Ready Rides at (603) 244-8719. Provides free rides to medical appointments for those over 65 or Disabled.

What is the difference between State and Local Welfare?

Posted by: Human Services

State Welfare:  The NH Department of Health and Human Services is a State Welfare program that includes Food Stamps, FANF/FAP (Financial Assistance for Needy Families/Financial Assistance Program), Medicaid, APTD (Aid for the Permanent and Totally Disabled), Title XX (Child Care), OAA (Old Age Assistance), etc.  If you live in Rockingham County, you may call the Portsmouth District Office at (603) 433-8300 to find out if you are eligible for any of these programs.

Local Welfare:  Every city and town in New Hampshire has a local welfare office where an individual may apply for emergency assistance in compliance with RSA 165.

What is Fuel Assistance (FAP) and how do I apply for it?

Posted by: Human Services

The Community Action Program provides income eligible households with assistance in paying home energy bills (oil, kerosene, natural gas, propane, wood, electricity, and/or coal) during the winter heating season.  FAP (Fuel Assistance Program) prioritizes households with at least one member who is elderly, disabled and/or a child under age 6.  Eligibility is based on household size, household income, and annual home energy costs.  Homeowners and renters (including renters with heat included) may be eligible for FAP.  If you live in Rockingham County you may contact Rockingham Community Action Program at (603) 895-2303.

Are there food pantries in the area?

Posted by: Human Services

Yes, the Town of Northwood has a Food Pantry located at Saint Joseph's Church Parish Hall .  They are open: The First Saturday of the month from 9:30 -11:00AM, the Second Monday of the month from 2:00 - 3:30 PM and the last Wednesday of the month from 9:00 - 10:30. In an Emergency Situation you can call the Human Services Office at 942-5586 ext. 208 and set up an appointment.

How can I apply for Public Housing and Section 8?

Posted by: Human Services


For information about HUD Section 8 low-income housing please contact the NH Housing Finance Authority at (800) 439-7247.

How can I register for youth and adult programs through the Recreation Department?

Posted by: Recreation Department

Participant Registration

Most programs have a minimum number of participants needed in order for the program to run.  Please register early to help avoid program cancellations. 

How to Register

Download the registration form from the Files&Document tab above, print, complete, and return to the Recreation Department with a check payable to “Town of Northwood”. 

Three ways to return forms:

  1. Mail forms to Recreation Department, 818 First NH Turnpike, Northwood, NH 03261
  2. Drop forms off at the Town Hall in the main office, Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 
  3. Drop forms in the drop box in front of the Town Hall before or after work hours.   

Photo Policy

We may take photographs and/or video of program participants for our marketing purposes only.  If you do not want your child to be photographed please note this on you Registration Form.

Returned Check Policy

A $30.00 processing charge will be assessed for any checks returned by your bank as not payable.

Recreation Scholarships

The Northwood Recreation Department tries to keep it’s program fees at an affordable level.  If you have an unusual family financial situation that limits participation due to the fee, please fill out the Scholarship Form.  Scholarships are available for many (but not all) youth programs.  Scholarships are not available to non-residents or for adult programs.

Who do I call if I am Homeless?

Posted by: Human Services

Call Coordinated Entry at (603) 435-2448 during the week until 5PM. Leave them a message if no one picks up. They will call you back ASAP. The number that will show up when they call back is (603) 435-2500.

If it is after 5PM or a weekend call 211.

You can also contact your local Human Services or Welfare Office.

Where can I find information about available services if I am Elderly or Disabled?

Posted by: Human Services

Service Link can be contacted at: (603) 334-6594.

I served in the Military and need help. Who can I contact?

Posted by: Human Services

Veteran's Count at: (603) 315-4354 or Supportive Services for Veteran Families at: (603) 882-3616.

Can I get help to pay my medical Bills?

Posted by: Human Services

Yes Call NH Health Access at: (603) 225-0900. You must be income eligible.

Are there any programs that will help me pay for my prescriptions?

Posted by: Human Services

Yes the NH Medication Bridge program can often help. Call them at: (603) 225-0900.

Where can I get Primary Health Care I can afford?

Posted by: Human Services

Lamprey Health Care in Raymond. Contact them at: (603) 895-3316.

How do I become a member of Recreation Commission?

Posted by: Recreation Commission

If you think you might be interested in joining the Recreation Commission, please contact Rec Director Amy Hanavan at (603) 942-5586 ext. 209 or attend one of our Commission meetings. They're held the first Tuesday of every month @6:30 pm in the downstairs conference room of Town Hall. We have four open seats as of Spring 2019. The Recreation Commission is responsible for all of the wonderful community events in town like Trunk or Treat, the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Easter Egg Hunt, to name a few. These events can't happen without volunteer work of the Recreation Commission! Please consider joining!

COVID-19: New Vehicle Registration (PLATE TRANSFER) No Appointment Necessary

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

If you are transferring plates, you can drop off the items below in the silver drop box next to the Town Clerk’s door.  Your new registration will be mailed ASAP.

  1. Title application or Title to your new vehicle
  2. Registration from vehicle you are transferring from (plates cannot be transferred without this)
  3. Copy of your photo ID
  4. A signed check made out to the TOWN OF NORTHWOOD (amount left blank for Town Clerk to fill in)

COVID-19: New Vehicle Registration (NEW PLATES) By Appointment

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

New Vehicle Registrations take approximately 20 minutes.

You must bring the following in order complete your transaction: 

  1. Title application or Title to your new vehicle
  2. Copy of your photo ID OR photo ID placed inside a baggie
  3. A signed check made out to the TOWN OF NORTHWOOD (amount left blank for Town Clerk to fill in)

All of the above documents will need to be deposited into the silver drop box next to the Town Clerk's door. Please call the office at 603-942-5586 once you've dropped off the documents at the time of your appt. You will then wait in your vehicle and we will let you know once it's completed.

Click Here to Schedule an Appointment

COVID-19: Paying Property Taxes

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

To pay your property taxes you can drop off a check in the silver drop box next to the Town Clerk/Tax Collector's door or mail check payment to Town Clerk/Tax Collector, 818 First NH Turnpike, Northwood, NH 03261

How do I license my dog?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

New Hampshire law (RSA 466:1) requires all dogs to be licensed at four months of age. The license period is May 1 through April 30. When you register a dog, you must show proof that the dog has a valid rabies vaccination.

In addition to registering dogs by drop box at the town hall or by mail, you may also license online through the "dog licenses" tab on the Town Clerk’s page of this website.

If submitting payment by mail or drop box, please enclose a copy of the current rabies vaccination information and/or neutering certificate if applicable, a check made payable to the Town of Northwood and a self-addressed stamped envelope (to send the dog license(s) and tag(s) back) and mail to:

Town of Northwood
818 First NH Tpke
Northwood, NH 03261

Dog License Fees:

  • $9.00 for unaltered dogs
  • $6.50 for spayed or neutered dogs
  • $2.00 for 1st dog only with an owner over 65 (will need owners date of birth)
  • $20.00 for group license of 5 or more dogs

Dog License Late Fees:

In addition to the license fees provided in RSA 466:4, there shall be a charge of $1.00 for each month if said fees are not paid before June 1st in any year. For an example, June 1st- $1.00 late fee in addition to regular fees, July 1st - $2.00 late fee in addition to regular fees, August 1st $3.00 in addition to regular fees and so on.


Please contact the Town Clerk's office to update our records if you no longer own a dog in order to avoid receiving past due letters and late fees.

How Do I Renew my Registration(s)?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

There are 3 options at this time:

  1. Renew Online through the EB2 Gov website: Online Vehicle Registration
  2. Mail your renewal notice or a copy of your registration(s) with check, money order or certified check to:


    Town of Northwood
    818 First NH Turnpike
    Northwood, NH 03261

  3. Drop off a check, money order or certified check in the silver drop box which is located next to the Town Clerk’s door.  Please include your renewal notice or a copy of your registration(s)s in order for the renewal to be processed. 

My license plate(s) is missing or damaged. How can I get replacemet(s)?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Please fill out the application below and submit it with your original registration.  The cost is $4.00 for one plate or $8.00 for two plates.  This can be done at the Town Clerk’s office by appointment only or you can mail a check to:

Dept of Motor Vehicles
23 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

Application For Replacement Plates and/or Decals

How can I obtain replacement decals?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Submit an Application for Replacement Plates and/or Decals, along with your current registration.

The cost is $4.00 at the Town or $1.00 at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

I lost my current registration. How do I obtain a replacement?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Submit an Application for Copy of Registration.

The cost is $18.00 at the Town or $15.00 at the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

I lost my current registration AND decals. How can I obtain replacement?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Submit an Application for Copy of Registration AND Application for Replacement Plates and/or Decals.

The cost is $22.00 at the Town or $16.00 at the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

I purchased a used vehicle that’s a 1999 or older, all I have is a Bill of Sale. What else will I need to register my vehicle?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

You either need the owners prior NH registration or you will need to get a VIN verification done from the Police Dept.  Please call 603-942-8284 to arrange for an Officer to verify your VIN at your residence.  You can also have the VIN verified by an Authorized NH Inspection Station.


Verification of Vehicle Identification

I purchased a used trailer and the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is less than 3001 lbs., what do I need to register it?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

You will need to provide one of the three options below:

  1. Certificate of Origin and a Bill of Sale
  2. VIN Verification and a Bill of Sale
  3. Prior Owners NH Registration and a Bill of Sale

Verification of Vehicle Identification

I have lost or misplaced my title. How can I obtain a duplicate?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Complete an Application for Duplicate Title submit it along with a fee of $25.00 to the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Note the Town does not process duplicate titles.


Department of Motor Vehicles
25 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

How can I obtain Vanity Plates?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Please complete the Application for Vanity Plates in its entirety.  You must also determine if the Vanity Plate of your choice is available prior to meeting with the Town Clerk's office.  The cost is $48.00 for the first year and $40.00 annually thereafter.  

NH Department of Motor Vehicles Vanity Plates Information Page

 

I recently moved to Northwood, how do I change my address and register my vehicles?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

You must provide a copy of your photo ID along with proof of residency to the Town Clerk.  Examples include:

  • Copy of deed
  • Rental agreement
  • Utility bill

The Record Change Request will need to be completed and submitted along with your registration request.  If you do not need to process a registration but you would like to change your address with the DMV, you only need to mail the application to:

Department of Motor Vehicles
23 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

How do I see my outstanding Property Tax balance?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

The NH Tax Kiosk is a website configured by the Town to provide a method by which you can easily access property tax information on the Internet at any time of day without having to contact the Tax Collector.  Click below to access the NH Tax Kiosk:

New Hampshire Tax Kiosk

How can I obtain an absentee ballot?

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Click the link below to download the Application for State Primary and General Election Absentee Ballot.  Once completed drop off in the silver drop-box outside the Town Clerk's office or mail to 818 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood, NH 03261.

Application for State Primary and General Election Absentee Ballot

How do I apply for a Certified copy of a Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate or Death Certificate? 

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Make your request through the Town's website below.  The Town Clerk's office will mail the certificate to you.  You must email the Town Clerk's office a copy of your photo ID. 

Vital Records Request

COVID-19: Register to Vote

Posted by: Town Clerk/Tax Collector

In light of the current public health state of emergency, social distancing requirements will be in effect during the September 8th and November 3rd elections. We highly recommend that new voters do not wait until election day to register to vote as there will most likely be lines and procedures that will require extra time to compete the paperwork. To register to vote prior to the elections, you have two options:

Schedule an appointment through this website to register to vote person. When registering in person:  Applicants for registration who possess proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile would bring that proof when they come to register.
If you are unable to meet in person, you can register via Absentee Registration (see below) you must complete all forms and submit to the Town Clerk by mail or email.

2020 Absentee Registration COVID-19

Note, to register via absentee only, and not request an absentee ballot, please contact the Town Clerk’s office.