New Hampshire law requires the Department of Safety (“DOS”) to destroy any records containing information about a firearm transferee who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm within one day of the request for a background check. New Hampshire law prohibits DOS from disclosing those records to any person or agency. If a potential transferee is prohibited from receiving a firearm, DOS must retain any records pertaining to the potential transferee for three years.1

New Hampshire does not require firearms dealers to retain sales records, although federal law applies.

See our Retention of Firearm Sales and Background Check Records policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159-D:2. Although DOS may maintain for an indefinite period a log of dates of requests for criminal background checks and unique approval numbers corresponding to such dates, DOS is not allowed to maintain records containing the names of the firearms dealers who receive unique approval numbers, or records of firearm transactions including the names or other identification of firearms dealers or transferees not prohibited from receiving firearms. Id. ⤴︎