Division of Gaming Enforcement

Casino Licensing

Casino Licensing

Licensure is the cornerstone of the regulatory system. Licenses are required of casino owners and operators, casino employees, and companies that do business with casinos in order to ensure that those involved with this industry meet the statutory requirements of good character, honesty and integrity and to keep the New Jersey casino industry free from organized crime. The DGE conducts all licensing investigations.

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The Casino Licensing Bureau assures that each applicant for, and holder of, a casino license and every affiliated company, officer, director, principal employee, financial backer and investor meets the standards of financial responsibility, honesty, integrity and good character as mandated by the Casino Control Act. The Bureau accomplishes this mission by investigating and monitoring business transactions of the applicant or licensee and related companies; conducting investigations of each officer, director, principal employee, financial backer or significant investor and examining the background of the casino company and its affiliated entities.

The Bureau’s legal unit reports to the Casino Control Commission initially on a casino applicant regarding the results of its investigation and as mandated, thereafter, in conjunction with each casino licensee’s renewal. In addition, the legal unit reports to and litigates before the Commission violations of the Act or regulations whenever necessary.

Within Casino Licensing is the DGE’s Office of Financial Investigations (OFI). OFI monitors and assesses the ongoing financial stability and integrity of casinos, casino license applicants, and their intermediary and holding companies.  OFI also evaluates and investigates the impact of complex financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy reorganizations, recapitalizations, spin-offs, expansions, and major debt issuances.  In addition, OFI oversees the financial reporting requirements of the casino industry, including the preparation of industry statistics that form the basis of monthly and quarterly press releases. OFI also undertakes statistical analyses of the data to evaluate the financial position, operating performance and trends of the gaming industry within the State. Finally, OFI is responsible for projecting casino-related tax revenues in conjunction with the New Jersey State Budget.

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How/where should casino licensing filings be submitted?

Applications for casino licensure (mainly comprised of business entity, multi jurisdictional, personal history disclosure forms) and all related petitions
(e.g., interim casino authorization, statements of compliance, etc…) are to be filed with the Division along with the requisite fee.  Such filings are to be made by delivering two (2) hard copies of the filing and a computer disk of same to the Division:

Division of Gaming Enforcement
Intake Unit
2nd Floor
1300 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Attn: Casino Licensing Filing

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How should securities-related filings be submitted?

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:69C-8.6, casino licensees and casino license applicants, as well as their holding companies, intermediary companies, qualifying subsidiaries and entity qualifiers, must provide copies of all filings submitted to Federal and state regulatory authorities regarding any securities, either in existence or proposed. Those filings include annual reports prepared on Form 10K, any interim reports, registration statements and any proxy or information statements filed with the Securities Exchange Commission. As of January 1, 2012, those filings may be submitted electronically to the following email address: sec@njdge.gov

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How should meeting minutes be submitted?

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:69C-8.1, casino licensees and their holding companies must provide copies of draft and final board of director and committee meeting minutes. Those minutes may be submitted electronically to the following email address: meetingminutes@njdge.gov.

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How/where should notifications and filings related to corporate/entity changes and updated information (e.g., security holders, corporate governance documents, appointments, promotions, resignations, terminations, title designations, etc…) be filed?

All such notifications and filings should be made through the Division’s Intake Unit at the address listed above, following the protocol outlined above.

As of August 15, 2014, an alternative method for such filings has been established by the Division. Notices concerning qualifiers filed pursuant to N.J.A.C.13:69C-2.3 and N.J.A.C. 13:69C-2.5 may both be submitted to: qualifiers@njdge.gov.  Notices concerning the issuance or transfer of security interests filed pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:69C-2.8, notices about the formation, dissolution, and transfer of certain entities filed pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:69C-2.9, and copies of governing documents filed pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:69C-8.2 may all be submitted to: entitydocs@njdge.gov.


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