AED State Laws


New Hampshire State AED Law

New Hampshire has Good Samaritan legislation in place to protect anyone who uses an AED in good faith. Public access requirements for AEDs in the state are relatively limited. 

Below is a full breakdown of New Hampshire’s AED laws.

Summary of Requirements


A prescription from a physician is required.

CPR/AED Training

Any person, association, corporation, or other entity that owns an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is required to have anticipated responders with proper training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED use.

EMS Notification

Within 30 days of acquiring an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), the owner needs to register with the department of safety under RSA 153-A:32.

Maintenance Program

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be maintained according to the manufacturer’s operating instructions.

Notification of Use

No legislation is currently in place for New Hampshire.

Good Samaritan Protection

  • rescuer
  • purchaser
Reference Summary

NH Rev Stat § 153-A:31

Provides Good Samaritan protection for use of an AED and establishes guidelines for AED programs.

Laws / Legislation

Reference Summary

HB 497

Establishes meeting requirements for the AED advisory commission and reduces the commission’s responsibilities to provide advice for AED programs.

HB 1136

Limits the training requirement for automated external defibrillator use to anticipated responders.

NH Rev Stat § 153-A:30

Outlines instructions to ensure the public health and safety for a person that acquires an AED.

NH Rev Stat § 153-A:33

Outlines the responsibilities of: the owner of an AED and the manufacturer of the AED.

NH Rev Stat § 153-A:32

There shall be established in the department of safety a registry for all automated external defibrillators in the state. The department is authorized to release information from the registry to first responders in an emergency through the enhanced 911 system. Registration shall include the address and precise location of the automated external defibrillator.

NH Rev Stat § 153-A:29

Defines: Automated External Defibrillator.

NH Rev Stat § 153-A:28

I. The use of automated external defibrillators addresses an important public health problem in New Hampshire. It is the intent of the legislature to encourage the use and availability of automated external defibrillators, along with training in the use of automated external defibrillators, for the purpose of saving the lives of people in cardiac arrest.
II. Further, the legislature strongly encourages dissemination of educational information regarding automated external defibrillators and encourages that access to these lifesaving devices be made widely available to businesses, schools, fire and police departments, and other public and private organizations throughout the state.

SB 386

Establishes an automated external defibrillator registry in the department of safety, and requires commercial owners to register their devices.

SB 67

Provides for immunity protection, requires training.

This information is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice. While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, AED laws and requirements change frequently. We encourage you to refer to your legal counsel or state agencies with questions about your state's AED laws or AED Good Samaritan requirements.