Raffle / Bingo Licensing

Applying for Raffle License

Raffles are regulated and governed by the New Jersey Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission. For complete details and requirements refer to the state's website.

To apply for a Bingo License, you must follow the same procedure as applying for a raffle license, however use the Bingo License Application (PDF) and you must also include Form 10A (PDF).

To amend an already issued Raffle/Bingo License, you must follow the same procedure as applying for a license, however you should use the Amending a Raffle License Application (PDF).

Required Documents

To apply for a Raffle License, the following documents must be submitted to the Borough Clerk's office at least 4 weeks prior to the event to allow enough time to process the request.

  • Organization Registration (must be the original certificate issued by the State of New Jersey for current year)
  • Four (4) Copies of the Raffle Application (EACH MUST have original signatures and original notary stamp/seal)
    • If Off-Premise, Sample Raffle Ticket 
  • Two (2)Checks as applicable (based on raffle type and/or value of prizes)
    • One check payable to the "Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission"
    • One check payable to the "Borough of Kenilworth"
  • Background Check Authorization, including the following:

Please Note

  • Do not use staples on any part of the application. Each copy of the application should be held by paper clip.
  • Name on the Application must match exactly to the name on the Registration.
  • Application must be signed by at least two members.
  • Complete a separate set of Application Packets for each raffle event (i.e. On-Premise Basket Raffle, On-Premise 50/50, Off-Premise 50/50, etc).
  • If your event is a Casino Night, all equipment must be obtained from a licensed Casino Equipment Provider. The Equipment Provider should supply a Form-13 which must be submitted with your application.
  • Once the documents have been received, processed, and mailed to the state there is a mandatory 14 calendar day holding period before a license can be issued. This waiting period is imposed by the New Jersey Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission.
  • Once your event has occurred, the State requires that you complete a Raffle Report of Operations (must be notarized) and send it to the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission no later than the 15th day of the calendar month immediately following the month of the event. Based on this filing, additional fees my be required. Off-Premise Raffles must also send a copy to the Borough of Kenilworth.

There are additional requirements for some raffle types. For more details refer to the State's website.