[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bridgeton 9-19-2017 by Ord. No. 17-19. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The City of Bridgeton hereby establishes a City of Bridgeton resident identification (ID) card program that will issue ID cards to individuals who can prove their identity and residency, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
The Bridgeton Resident ID Card Program shall be administered by, and through, the Municipal Clerk's office.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CARE ADDRESS
- The address used for mailing purposes by a government agency, hospital, private or public shelter, nonprofit organization, or religious institution, serving homeless individuals or survivors of domestic violence.
- CARE ADDRESS LETTER
- A letter prepared by a government agency, hospital, nonprofit organization, private or public shelter, or religious institution, prepared on the organization's letterhead, authorizing the use of its address for mailing purposes by an individual. The letter must dated, and indicate that the applicant has received services from the agency within the past 15 days.
- CARE ORGANIZATION
- Any government agency, hospital, private or public shelter, nonprofit organization, or religious institution, homeless individuals or survivors of domestic violence.
- The City of Bridgeton.
- CITY OF BRIDGETON RESIDENT IDENTIFICATION CARD
- The identification card issued by the City of Bridgeton. Hereinafter, this card shall be referred to as a resident ID card.
- A person who is less than 18 years old and is not emancipated.
- A person who can establish that they are a current resident of the City of Bridgeton pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
- SENIOR CITIZEN
- A person who is at least 65 years old.
- A person who has served in any United States military organization as evidenced by an active or retired military ID card, or a Form DD214 that indicates an honorable discharge.
Resident ID cards shall be issued to any City of Bridgeton resident that is able to meet the requirements for establishing his or her identity and residency pursuant to § 284-5, and pay the application fee. Resident ID application forms:
Relocation outside the City limits shall invalidate the resident ID card, and such card shall be returned to the City for destruction.
The fee for a resident ID card shall be $15 for adults and $8 for minors, veterans, disabled and senior citizens. The same fees will apply for renewal or replacement cards. A fee of $7 shall be required on each occasion that requests a change to any approved application information.
Proof of identity. In order to obtain a residential ID card from the City of Bridgeton applicants must prove their identity through the identity point system described in § 284-5C.
Identity point system. Applicants shall be required to produce one, or more, documents for a total of at least four points according to Table 1 below.
Some combination of the applicant's identity documents must associate his or her photograph with his or her name and date of birth.
Every government-issued identity document provided must be an original or certified copy with an official government seal.
A four-point document must be government issued. Documents that show a photograph, name, and date of birth issued by other organizations shall be two-point documents.
Documents that appear to be altered, forged, or deemed invalid for any reason will be rejected.
If the applicant is a minor, identity documents must be furnished on behalf of said minor by his or her parents, legal guardian, or by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Proof of residency.
To establish residency an applicant must present at least two of the following items showing both the applicant's name and a residential address located within the City limits:
Utility bill; local property tax statement, mortgage payment receipt, bank account statement;
Proof that the applicant has a minor child currently enrolled in a school located within the City; employment pay stub; jury summons or court order;
Federal or state income tax or refund statement, an insurance bill (homeowner's, renter's, health, life, or automobile insurance);
Care address letter confirming residency.
Proof of residency documents must be dated within 45 days of the application date.
Additional document types may be considered for proof of residency as adopted by chapter amendment.
Individuals who would like to renew their existing residential ID cards will only have to prove their continued Bridgeton residency pursuant to the provisions of § 284-5D.
All City of Bridgeton departments shall accept the residential ID card as proof of identity and residence for access to City services and benefits unless such acceptance is prohibited by federal or state law or unless there is reason to suspect fraud by the purported cardholder.
The Municipal Clerk's office shall retain completed residential ID card application forms pursuant to N.J.S.A. Title 47, Public Records.
The City of Bridgeton shall make its best effort to protect the confidentiality of all residential ID card applicants to the maximum extent allowable by federal and state law. The City of Bridgeton shall not disclose personal information obtained from an applicant for a residential ID card to any individual, public, or private entity, unless required by a court of competent jurisdiction, or authorized in writing by the individual to whom such information pertains, or when such individual is a minor or is otherwise not legally competent, by such individual's parent or legal guardian; when so ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.
By providing residential ID cards for identification and access to services provided by the City of Bridgeton, the City does not act as guarantor or warrantor either of the information provided by the applicant for the residential ID card or of/against acts, criminal or otherwise committed by the individual(s) while possessing or using the residential ID card. The City 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 Torts Claims Act, N.J.S.A. 59:1-1 et seq., by issuing the residential ID card.
The Municipal Clerk shall submit quarterly reports to the City Council on the status of the residential ID card program.
Altering, duplication, reproduction, intentionally damaging, using another person's residential ID card, or allowing the cardholder's residential ID card to be used by another person shall result in confiscation of the card and is in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:28-7. Submission of false documents to obtain a residential ID card is a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-2.1(c) and making false statements to obtain Bridgeton municipal identification is a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-4 and punishable by law.