[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Highland Park 12-6-2016 by Ord. No. 16-1920. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Borough of Highland Park ("Borough") hereby establishes an Identification Card Program under which identification cards shall be issued to individuals who can provide their identity and residency in accordance with the terms of this chapter.
The administering department, as set forth below, shall be designated as the department charged with administering the Borough of Highland Park Identification Card Program and issuing such policies and procedures necessary to effectuate the purposes of this chapter, including the designation of access sites where applications for such cards shall be made available for pickup and submission. The administering department shall also make the applications available online.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT
- The Borough of Highland Park's Department of Human Services. The administering department shall be charged with the duties set forth in this chapter.
- Any person that applies to the administering department for a Borough of Highland Park identification card.
- BOROUGH OF HIGHLAND PARK IDENTIFICATION CARD; IDENTIFICATION CARD
- An identification card issued by the Borough of Highland Park that shall, at a minimum, display the cardholder's photograph, name, date of birth, address, signature, and date of issuance and expiration. At the cardholder's option, the identification card may display the cardholder's self-designated gender.
- CARE ADDRESS
- The address of any hospital, private or public shelter, nonprofit or religious institution in the Borough of Highland Park serving homeless individuals or victims of domestic violence.
- CARE ADDRESS LETTER
- A letter from an entity capable of providing a care address, as defined above, indicating that an applicant has received services from the entity for the past 15 days and may use the entity's address for mailing purposes (dated within 15 days). The address on the card will be "care of" the organization.
The Borough of Highland Park Identification Card Program shall be available to any resident of the Borough, regardless of his or her race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, partnership status, any lawful source of income, housing status, status as a victim of domestic violence or status as a victim of sex offenses or stalking, or conviction or arrest record, provided that such resident is able to meet the requirements for establishing his or her identity and residency as set forth in this chapter and of any applicable policies and procedures established by the administering department.
The Borough of Highland Park identification card shall display, at a minimum, the applicant's full name, photograph, address, date of birth, signature and card issue and expiration dates.
The administering department shall, through policy and procedures it establishes as required by this chapter, create guidelines to protect the address of victims of domestic violence or alternate requirements for applicants who lack a permanent address.
Such identification card shall, at the cardholder's option, display the cardholder's self-designated gender.
Such identification card shall be designated in a manner to deter fraud, which may include: bar codes, serial numbers, watermarks, Borough Seal, and other security measures.
The Borough of Highland Park identification card is valid for two years from the date of issuance. Relocation out of the Borough invalidates the identification card, which must be returned to the Borough for destruction.
A resident age 14 years or over may apply for an identification card with the consent of his or her parent or legal guardian. In the absence of such parental or guardian consent, the minor applicant may receive consent from a court of competent jurisdiction.
The fee for the issuance of the Borough of Highland Park identification card shall be $15 for adults and $7 for children, veterans, the disabled, and senior citizens. The administering department may adopt rules and permit residents who cannot afford to pay such fee(s) to make a hardship application and to be granted a full or partial waiver of the fee.
The administering department may, in full or in part, waive the fee for the Borough of Highland Park identification card if an applicant can establish a hardship exemption. Applicants may file for a hardship exemption waiver during the intake process. In order for an applicant to be granted a hardship waiver, the applicant must demonstrate one of the following circumstances:
Applicant is currently homeless;
Applicant has proof of eviction within the last three months and has not been able to relocate;
Applicant has recently reported domestic violence;
Applicant has proof of substantial debt caused by medical expenses within the last 12 months;
Applicant is currently unemployed;
Applicant has filed for bankruptcy within the last six months;
Applicant's current household income is at or below 15% of the federal poverty level; or
Applicant currently receives one of the following: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or SSI, or TANF. The applicant shall provide proof in the form of a letter, notice or other official document containing the name of the agency granting the benefit, the name of the recipient of the benefit and the name of the benefit received.
In order to obtain a Borough of Highland Park identification card, an applicant must establish his or her identity and residency within the Borough as follows:
Proof of identity. The Borough of Highland Park Identification Card Program will use a point system, as promulgated by the administering department, to determine if applicants are able to provide identity and residency in the Borough of Highland Park, New Jersey. The administering department, through its policies and procedures, shall determine the point value allocated to each type of document provided in this subsection and require that, at a minimum, an applicant produce more than one of the following documents in order to establish identity:
A United States or foreign passport;
A United States driver's license;
A United States state identification card;
A United States permanent resident card;
A consular identification card;
A photo identification card with name, address, date of birth, and expiration date issued by another country to its citizens or nationals as an alternative to a passport for reentry to the issuing country;
A certified copy of a United States or foreign birth certificate;
A social security card;
A national identification card with photo, name, address, date of birth, and expiration date;
A foreign driver's license;
A United States or foreign military identification card;
A current visa issued by a government agency;
A United States individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) authorization letter;
An electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card; or
Any other documentation that the administering department deems acceptable.
If the individual is a minor, proof must be furnished, on behalf of said minor, by the individual's parents or legal guardian or by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Proof of residency. In order to establish residency, an applicant must present one or more of the following items, showing both the applicant's name and residential address located within the Borough:
A utility bill;
A local property tax statement or mortgage payment receipt;
A bank account statement;
Proof that the applicant has a minor child currently enrolled in a school located within the Borough;
An employment pay stub;
A jury summons or court order issued by a state or federal court;
A federal or state income tax or refund statement;
An insurance bill (homeowner's, renter's, health, life, or automobile insurance);
A care address letter confirming residency; or
Any other document the administering department determines is acceptable, which shall be set forth in its policies and procedures it promulgates.
The administering department shall create, through its policies and procedures, alternative methods to establish residency, notwithstanding the lack of a fixed address.
All Borough of Highland Park departments shall accept the Borough of Highland Park identification card as proof of identity and residence for access to Borough services and benefits unless such acceptance is prohibited by federal or state law or unless the department or authority has reason to suspect fraud by the purported cardholder.
The records relating to the application and issuance of the Borough of Highland Park identification cards shall be maintained in accordance with law. The administering department shall not retain original documents or copies of documents provided by an applicant to prove identity or residency when applying for a Borough of Highland Park identification card.
The Borough shall make its best efforts to protect the confidentiality of all Borough of Highland Park identification card applicants to the maximum extent allowable by federal and state law. The Borough shall not disclose personal information obtained from an applicant to any individual, or public or private entity, unless:
Required by a court of competent jurisdiction;
Authorized in writing by the individual to whom such information pertains;
By an individual's parent or legal guardian when the individual is a minor or is otherwise not legally competent; or
For the Borough's limited purpose of administering the program or determining or facilitating the applicant's eligibility for additional benefits, services or care, provided that such disclosure is made in accordance with all applicable federal and state privacy regulations.
The Borough of Highland Park is providing the Borough of Highland Park identification card for identification and access to services provided by the Borough. The Borough does not act as guarantor or warrantor either of the information provided by the applicant for the Borough of Highland Park identification card or against any acts, criminal or otherwise, committed by the individual(s) while possessing or using the identification card. The Borough does not waive any of its protections afforded under federal, state or local laws, including, but not limited to, the immunities under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, N.J.S.A. 59:1-1 et seq., by processing or issuing the Borough of Highland Park identification card.
The administering department shall submit a report to the Mayor and the Borough Council on the status of the Identification Card Program by June 30 of each year, or at the request of the Mayor and/or Borough Council.
Altering or intentionally damaging the Borough of Highland Park identification card, using another person's identification card, or allowing the cardholder's identification card to be used by another person may result in confiscation of the card and is in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:28-7. Submission of false statements to obtain a Borough of Highland Park identification card is a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-4 and is punishable by law.