[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of East Orange 8-13-2018 by Ord. No. 36-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was originally adopted as Ch. 171 but was renumbered to maintain the organization of the Code.
Identification cards shall be issued by the City to individuals who can provide sufficient proof of their identity and residency in accordance with the terms of this chapter.
The administering department, as set forth herein, shall be responsible for the implementation of this program, including the adoption of all rules and procedures to be followed.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT
- The City of East Orange's Licensing Bureau.
- Any person who shall apply for a City identification card to the administering department.
- CARE ADDRESS
- The address of any hospital, shelter or any entity in the City of East Orange serving homeless individuals or victims of domestic abuse. Said care address may be used in place of a City address on an applicant's identification card once the entity or organization provides a care address letter.
- CARE ADDRESS LETTER
- A letter, dated within 15 days of its submission to the City by the applicant, from a care address entity as defined herein, stating that the applicant has received services from the entity in the past 15 days and may use entity's address for mailing purposes. This letter must be notarized by the care address facility. The applicant's identification card shall read "care of" the care address entity and provide said care address.
- IDENTIFICATION CARD
- An identification card issued by the City of East Orange that shall display the cardholder's photograph, name, date of birth, gender, city address or care address, signature, date of issuance and date of expiration.
The City of East Orange identification card shall be available to all residents of the City regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation, citizen status or economic status.
The identification card shall display, at a minimum, the applicant's full name, photograph, address, date of birth, signature, date of card issuance and expiration date.
The administering department shall establish, through policy and procedures, guidelines to protect the addresses of victims of domestic violence or alternate requirements for applicants who lack a permanent address.
The identification card shall be designated in a manner to deter fraud, which may include barcodes, serial numbers, watermarks, the Borough Seal or other security measures.
The fee for the issuance of a City identification card shall be $15 per family or $10 for adults, senior citizens, veterans or the disabled.
Proof of identity. The administering department shall establish the criteria for determining the necessary documents and value/weight to give said documents for purposes of establishing identity and residency. However, at a minimum, the applicant must produce more than one of the following documents in order to establish identity:
A United States or foreign passport;
A state-issued driver's license;
A state-issued identification card;
A United States permanent resident card;
A consular identification card;
A certified 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 current government visa;
A United States Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) authorization letter;
An electronic benefit transfer card (EBT); or
Any other documentation that the administering department deems acceptable.
Proof of residency. In order to establish residency, the applicant must present one or more of the following items showing both their name and residential address located within the City:
A utility bill;
A local property tax statement or mortgage payment receipt;
A bank account statement;
Proof that the applicant has a minor child enrolled in a City school;
An employment pay stub;
A jury summons or court order issued by state or federal court;
A federal or state income tax or refund statement;
An insurance bill;
A care address letter confirming residency; or
Any other document the administering department determines is acceptable.
All City departments shall accept the identification card issued pursuant to this chapter as evidence of residency for the purpose of allowing the holder therein to access City 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 City identification cards shall be maintained in accordance with law. The administering department shall not retain original or copies of documents provided by an applicant to prove identity or residency when applying for a City identification card. The City shall make its best efforts to protect the confidentiality of all City identification card applicants to the maximum extent permissible by law unless given express permission by the applicant.
The City of East Orange is providing the personal identification cards for the purpose of allowing City residents to access City services and facilities. The City will not assume any liability arising from: 1) the accuracy of the information provided by the applicant or 2) against any acts, criminal or otherwise, committed by the individual(s) while possessing or using the identification card. The City does not waive any of its protections as 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 a City of East Orange identification card.
Altering or intentionally damaging the City identification card, using another person's identification card, or allowing a cardholder's identification card to be used by another person will result in confiscation of the card and shall be deemed in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:28-7. Submission of false statements and/or documents to obtain a City identification card is a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-4 and is punishable by law. Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter is subject to the statutory penalties outlined herein as well as the penalties provided in the Code of the City of East Orange as outlined therein.