New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

Office of the Chief Medical ExaminerReporting a Death

Under New Hampshire law, there is mandatory reporting of medico-legal deaths. In general, all sudden and unexpected natural deaths and all non-natural deaths should be reported to the OCME. These deaths are defined by RSA 611-B:11.

If in question, please report the death to the OCME. (Note: When the OCME accepts jurisdiction for a death, only the pronouncement section of the death certificate should be completed by hospital staff. The certification section, including cause of death, will be completed by the OCME.)

To report a death, please contact the appropriate county dispatcher listed below:

  • Belknap County: 603-527-5454
  • Carroll County:  603-539-2284
  • Cheshire County:
    • For Keene: 603-357-9813 (Keene Police)
    • For remainder of Keene County: 603-355-2000 (Cheshire County Dispatch)
  • Coos County: 603-846-3333
  • Grafton County: 603-787-6911
  • Hillsborough County: 603-271-3636
  • Merrimack County: 603-225-5584
  • Rockingham County: 603-679-2225
  • Strafford County: 603-742-4968
  • Sullivan County:
    • For Charlestown: 603-826-5747 (Charlestown Police)
    • For Claremont, Cornish, Unity, and Lempster: 603-542-9538 (Claremont Dispatch)
    • For Langdon: 603-355-2000 (Cheshire County Dispatch)
    • For Newport, Goshen, and Springfield:  603-863-3232 (Newport Police)
    • For Plainfield and Grantham: 603-643-2222 (Hanover Dispatch)
    • For Sunapee and Croydon: 603-526-2626 (New London Dispatch)
    • For Washington: 603-464-5512 (Hillsborough Dispatch)

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New Hampshire Department of Justice
1 Granite Place South | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658