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Bureau Reference Desk
A reference point of information for various topics, specific to New Jersey.


Economic Development

Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs)
A listing of Destination Marketing Organizations with links to their websites and contact information.


Flag Etiquette

American Flag Etiquette & Rules for Displaying the Flag
Details on flag etiquette.

Flag Rules & Regulations
Details on folding and displaying the flag correctly.


Forms of Government

NJ's Forms of Government
All 565 municipalities, regardless of type, can be classified under one of 12 forms of government. Details on each of the five forms of government.


Marriage & Civil Unions

Same Sex Marriage
Sample wording for same sex ceremonies

Sample wording for men and sample wording for women, courtesy of Jersey City.



County and Municipal Websites
Alphabetical listing of websites.

New Jersey municipalities search
Search municipalities by legislative district.


New Jersey State Facts

Census Data
Data and statistics.


New Jersey State Facts
State bird, tree, flower, seal, flag, dance, shell, fish, animal, fruit, insect and ship with their designating legislation, as well as other information on the “Garden State”.


New Jersey Symbols
Listing of state symbols, flag, shell, ship, fruit and more




ICMA's Veterans Resources
A resource center of information put together by the ICMA specifically for local governments.

NJ Property Tax Benefits for Veterans and Disabled Veterans
NJ offers property tax benefits for veterans and disabled veterans. Visit the NJ Department of the Treasury for a claim form and information on this program.

NJ Veteran's Tax Benefit
Veterans may qualify for an exemption on their tax return for earned income. Visit the NJ Department of the Treasury for more information.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Information for veterans on healthcare, benefits, memorials and other resources.


Volunteer Background Checks
The New Jersey State Police, Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has implemented a process modifying the procedure for volunteer youth organizations to obtain background checks on volunteers and employees. Those municipalities that require such checks for youth organizations should be aware of this new method for obtaining such checks, pursuant to P.L. 1999, c. 432 (C. 15A:3A-1).

The nonprofit youth organization (agency) must register with the Volunteer Review Operations (VRO) of the SBI and provide the following:

  1. Short Form of Standing from the Dept. of Treasury;  (Division of Revenue Web Site)
  2. Federal Tax Exemption with the IRS - Letter of Determination; and
  3. Agree with and Execute the Memorandum of Understanding.

A municipality must enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the VRO to participate in the program. After registering, the VRO program will supply an organization specific identification number (VRN# 6 digit), a Universal Finger Print Live Scan Form and detailed instructions for submission. The VRO will process the applicant fingerprint cards, review records, and respond to the registered agency with a letter reporting a recommendation of approval or denial.

Applicants are now required to use the State contract vendor Sagem Morpho Inc. which provides the electronic fingerprint live scan services for all background checks and appointments are required. All fees must be paid at the time of scheduling by credit or debit card; vouchers and personal checks are not accepted. Municipalities that require volunteer fingerprinting can require applicants to pay the cost themselves and reimburse them if warranted, or obtain a procurement card (N.J.A.C. 5:30-9A) and use the card for these transactions. Click here for additional details.

Once the applicant is processed, the registered agency will not receive a copy of the applicant's record under this program. The VRO will review and make a determination based on disqualifiers enumerated in law. Applicants can challenge the decision and review the record by contacting the VRO at the phone number below.

Sample Ordinances

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