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License Application

When applying for the following licenses you may obtain an application from the local Registrar’s Office, the Borough Website, or the link below.

Do not sign the application form before going to the Local Registrar. You must sign the application, while under oath, in the presence of the issuing authority.

PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TO ENSURE THE REGISTRAR’S AVAILABILITY. THE OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR LUNCH BETWEEN NOON AND 1 p.m.

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Certified Copy of Vital Record

All requests for birth, death, or marriage certificates must be either mailed to the Borough of Mountainside, 1385 Route 22 Mountainside, NJ 07092 or in person.

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  • IN PERSON:
    Original documents must be presented. Payment must be in the form of a check made out to the Borough of Mountainside or cash in the amount of $15.00 per copy.
  • BY MAIL:
    Photocopies are acceptable. Payment must be in the form of a check made out to the Borough of Mountainside in the amount of $15.00 per copy.
Acceptable Forms of Identification  
   
    • Valid photo driver’s license or photo non‐driver’s license with current address

OR

    • Valid driver’s license without photo and an alternate form of identification with current address.

OR

  • Two alternate forms of identification, one of which must show the current address.
 

People who are homeless can provide identification from a social worker or homeless shelter coordinator. People who are incarcerated can provide legal imprisonment, conviction papers, or release documents that include the name, social security number, and all possible aliases use in the past or identification from a prison/probation official.

PLEASE DO NOT MAIL IN ORIGINAL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS. ONLY COPIES ARE REQUIRED.


Borough Clerk

The Borough Clerk serves as the secretary of the municipal corporation, as the local election administrator and as secretary to the governing body, providing a variety of administrative and community relations services for them. This office receives, distributes and assigns correspondence on behalf of the Mayor and Council, prepares Borough Meeting agendas, resolutions, proclamations, ordinances and public meeting minutes. The Clerk administers the bidding and awarding of municipal contracts. The Clerk also oversees a variety of licenses.

Election & Voter Registration

  • WHEN ARE THE PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS?

    The Primary Election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June. The General Election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

  • WHAT TIMES ARE THE POLLS OPEN?

    6 am - 8 pm

  • I WANT TO REGISTER TO VOTE. WHAT GUIDELINES MUST I FOLLOW?

    You must be 18 years of age by the election. You must reside in Mountainside Borough at least 30 days prior to the election. You must be a Citizen of the United States.

  • WHEN MUST I REGISTER TO VOTE TO BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE NEXT ELECTION?

    You must register any time prior to the 21st day before any election to be eligible to vote in that and subsequent elections.

  • WHERE DO I GO TO REGISTER TO VOTE?

    A voter registration form can be obtained at the followling locations; Mountainside Borough Clerk’s Office, at the Union County Board of Elections, or at your local Motor Vehicle Office. For other polling facilities click here.

  • ABSENTEE BALLOTS

    In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by Absentee Ballot for any election. You do not need a reason for an Absentee Ballot. A voter may apply for an Absentee Ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot application and mailing the application to the County Clerk by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 pm the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed copies of an Absentee Ballot application since an original signature is required.

  • WHEN IS THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?

    If mailed, no later than 7 days before the Election  If delivered in person to the County Clerk’s Office, no later than 3:00 P.M. the day before the Election.

  • MILITARY ABSENTEE BALLOTS:

    Military personnel and dependents may vote by military absentee ballot if: You are in the Military Service You are a spouse or dependent of someone in the military, you are a patient in a VA Hospital, or you are a civilian attached to the armed services. 

  • WHERE DO I VOTE?

    Please refer to the sample ballot which the County Clerk’s Office mails to you, contact the Borough Clerk’s Office, or check the NJ State Election Website.

  • WILL I EVER BE REQUIRED TO RE-REGISTER?

    Voter registration in New Jersey is permanent except when the voter has moved from the county in which they are registered. A Voter who moves within the same election district remains registered and may be allowed to vote for two years. If a Voter moves within the County within 29 days preceding the election, they may vote at their newly designated polling place by means of Failsafe Ballot. You should contact the Union County Clerk for this information.

  • I CANNOT APPEAR IN PERSON TO REGISTER. CAN I REGISTER BY MAIL?

    Yes, by completing a mail-in registration form. An application can be obtained from either the Borough Clerk of the Union County Clerk.

  • HOW DO I CHANGE MY PARTY AFFILIATION?

    A Party Declaration Form must be filled out. (May be obtained from either the County Board of Elections or Borough Clerk). Party Declaration Forms must be received by the Union Board of Elections no later than 50 days prior to the Primary.

Municipal Court

Mountainside Municipal Court's duty is to efficiently and expeditiously adjudicate all cases filed within our jurisdiction while providing exemplary service to the public. Mountainside Borough's goal is to provide quality service to the community in an effective, efficient, and fair manner. 

Court is held every Thursday at 9 a.m. except the 2nd week of the month, when court is held on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m.

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  • What is the Municipal Court?

    The Municipal Court is a local court created by state law, whose territory is confined to the community in which it is located. Practice and procedures are governed by New Jersey Court Rules. The Municipal Court Judge is responsible for overseeing the administration of his or her Municipal Court. The Assignment Judge of the Superior Court is responsible for overseeing the administration of all of the Municipal Courts in the counties.

    There are 21 Municipal Courts in Union County.  Each municipality appoints its own Municipal Court Judge. Other court personnel may include a Court Director, Court Administrator, Deputy Court Administrator, Violations Clerk and Sound Recorder.

  • What Types of Cases Are Heard in Municipal Court?

    Cases heard in Municipal Court are divided into four general categories:

    • Violations of motor vehicle and traffic laws
    • Violations of disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses
    • Violations of Fish and Game laws, Parks and Forests, Weights and Measures, SPCA and Boating regulations
    • Violations of municipal ordinances (local laws)

    More serious offenses, known as indictable offenses, are forwarded to the County Prosecutor's Office. The County Prosecutor decides whether to present the case to a Grand Jury or to return the case to the Municipal Court as a less serious offense (a downgrade). 

  • Do I Need A Lawyer?

    You are not required to have a lawyer for a municipal court matter. The decision is yours.

    It is important to understand that court staff are interested in answering all procedural questions you may have about how the court will handle your case. However, they cannot offer legal advice or make recommendations to you about your case or recommend a lawyer. 

  • Can I Just Pay the Summons?

    Non-criminal matters such as Traffic, Boating, Local Ordinance, Fish and Game, and Parks and Forests violations can often be paid through the mail or at the court office, also known as a Violations Bureau.

    If you wish to plead guilty and give up your right to a hearing for such a violation, you may do so, provided "court appearance required" has not been checked on the ticket and provided the charge is listed on the Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule. If the penalty does not appear on the back of the ticket, contact the court office to find out whether a court appearance is required.

    To pay your summons, complete the APPEARANCE, PLEA AND WAIVER section on the back of your ticket and bring or mail it with payment in the correct amount, to the Violations Bureau at the address found on the ticket. Payment is due by the court date. Payments received after the court date may be assessed additional penalties. 

    Failure to pay may result in a suspension of your driving privileges and the issuance of a warrant.

  • DROP-PAYMENT BOX

    There is a "Drop-Payment Box" available at the court. Payments placed in this box are processed daily. Payments should be placed in a sealed envelope which is also provided. It is important to note that payments are due on the date listed at the bottom on the of your summons, court notice or time-payment order. If payments are not received by the due date, court rules require that additional penalties be assessed, a warrant being issued for your arrest and/or the suspension of your driving privilege. 

  • WEB PAYMENT

    To make a web payment, go to WWW.NJMCDIRECT.com 

  • When is a Court Appearance Required

    A court appearance is always required in criminal matters, such as an assault, shoplifting, harassment or drug charge. In traffic or other matters, if "court appearance required" is checked on the ticket, you must appear in court at the time and place indicated, even if you wish to plead guilty. If "court appearance required" is not checked on the traffic ticket, you must still appear in court if:

    • You wish to have a trial
    • The charge is not listed on the Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule
    • Personal injury is involved.
  • How Do I Enter a Plea of Not Guilty?

    If you intend to plead not guilty to the offense charged on the summons and you want to have a trial, you must notify the court at least seven days before your scheduled court date. (Address and other instructions can be found on your summons.) If you fail to notify the court, it may be necessary for you to make two court appearances.

    It is imperative that the person directly involved with the case, not a friend or relative, contact the court. This will help speed inquiries. It is also imperative that you have your summons/complaint number when calling or writing so that we may be better able to assist you. 

  • What Happens on Your Day in Court?

    It is very important that you arrive in court on the day and time stated on your ticket, summons, subpoena or court notice. Before the session starts, or once court begins, roll call is generally taken. If you arrive late, or if your name is not called, you should notify court personnel immediately. You may also wish to check the court calendar posted at the entrance to the courtroom to see if your matter is listed.

    At the beginning of the court session, the Judge will give an opening statement explaining court procedures, Defendants' rights and penalties. As each case is called, the Judge will individually advise each Defendant of his or her rights. A case may be postponed to permit the Defendant to hire a lawyer. If the Defendant wishes to go ahead without a lawyer, the Judge will ask for his or her plea. If the Defendant pleads guilty, the Judge will ask questions regarding the offense charged to make sure there is good reason for the guilty plea.

    If the Defendant pleads not guilty and all involved parties are present and prepared, the case will proceed to trial. Once the Judge has heard the testimony, he or she will decide if the Defendant is guilty, not guilty or if the case should be dismissed. If the Defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty after a trial, the Judge will impose a sentence.

    All Municipal Court proceedings are tape recorded. Please remain quiet. The length of time you will be in court depends on many things. Some cases take longer than others. So, please be patient.

    If the Defendant does not appear, a warrant may be issued and his or her driving privileges may be suspended. Witnesses will be notified through the mail when they are to return.

  • NOTICES OF ADDRESS CHANGES

    All parties to a particular case, whether you are the defendant, complainant or victim, must notify the court of any change, correction or addition to your current/ correct address. All notices sent by this court are sent to the address of record. If your address is not correct or complete, you may not be notified of your court date which could result in a bench warrant being issued (If you're the Defendant) or dismissal (If you are the Complainant). 

    Please make sure that all address changes are made with both Motor Vehicle Services and the Municipal Court.

  • In What Order Are Cases Called?

    The order in which cases are called is controlled by the New Jersey Court Rules. Cases are generally called in the following order:

    • Requests for postponements
    • Arraignments (Advising Defendants of rights/penalties)
    • Guilty pleas
      • Where Defendant is represented by a lawyer
      • Where Defendant is not represented by a lawyer
    • Not guilty pleas
      • Where Defendant is represented by a lawyer
      • Where Defendant is not represented by a lawyer
  • ARRAIGNMENTS OR FIRST APPEARANCES

    The first time the defendant will appear before the Judge to be advised of the charges filed against him or her and what the possible penalties can be is called an arraignment or first appearance. In some instances, only the defendant will be required to appear at that date. If this is the case, an opportunity to present both defendants' and complainants' case will be scheduled for a future date.

    In other instances both the defendant and complainant are noticed to appear on that first date. If this is the case, the Judge may proceed with a plea or trial. At this appearance, the Judge may also order all parties to Mediation. 

  • Who are the People Involved?

    Complainant: The Complainant is the person who signed the complaint (may be a private citizen or police officer). The Complainant is a witness for the State and will generally be given an opportunity to speak with the Municipal Prosecutor about the case. Once a complaint has been filed, it cannot be withdrawn, and it generally cannot be dismissed without the consent of the Prosecutor.

    Defendant: The Defendant is the person formally accused of the violation. The Defendant will be informed of the charges, possible penalties and right to a lawyer. The Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof is always on the State. The Prosecutor must prove that the Defendant committed each part of the offense charged. The Defendant has the right to testify or not testify.

    Victim: If there is a trial, the victim may be called as a witness. If the Defendant pleads guilty, no trial is needed, but the victim has a right to address the court before the Judge decides what sentence to impose.

    Prosecutor: The Prosecutor is the lawyer hired by the municipality to represent the State.

    Public Defender: The Public Defender is the lawyer hired by the municipality to represent those Defendants who cannot afford their own lawyer.

    Defense Attorney: The Defense Attorney is the lawyer the Defendant hires to represent him or her.

    Witness: Someone who testifies or offers evidence in court. 

  • Who is Entitled to the Public Defender?

    A Defendant is entitled to be represented by the Public Defender when:

    • The potential sentence presents a risk of the Defendant going to jail, losing driving privileges or receiving a substantial fine, and
    • The court determines that the Defendant is unable to afford a lawyer.

    The Defendant will be required to complete an application form that can be obtained from the court. The court may charge a non-refundable application fee of up to $200. The Judge will review the application and decide if the Defendant qualifies for a Public Defender. Proof of income or employment (tax returns, pay stubs, etc.) may be required. 

  • What is a Plea Agreement?

    Before trial, a Defendant may speak with the Prosecutor to try to settle his or her case through a plea agreement.

    The New Jersey Supreme Court allows plea agreements to be made within the Municipal Courts, except in drunk driving and certain drug-related cases. It is an agreement between the Defendant and the Prosecutor about how the case will be handled. In exchange for a guilty plea, the Prosecutor may amend the charge to one that is less serious or that may result in fewer points on a driver's license. Certain charges may be dismissed or a specific sentence may be recommended. The Judge must approve all plea agreements. 

  • What Happens During a Trial?

    There are no jury trials in the Municipal Court. At the trial date, the Judge will take testimony from all witnesses under oath. The Defendant and his or her lawyer, if represented, will sit at one table. The Prosecutor will sit at the other table. Witnesses may be asked to stay outside the courtroom until it is their turn to testify. The Prosecutor will go first and will present any witnesses or evidence needed to prove the charge against the Defendant. Each witness will either swear or confirm to tell the truth. As each witness for the prosecution testifies, the Defendant or his or her lawyer, if represented, will have an opportunity to ask questions about what was testified to. This is called cross-examination.

    Once the prosecution is finished, it will be the Defendant's turn. The Defendant can present witnesses or other evidence to disprove the Prosecutor's case. The Defendant does not have to provide any information and does not have to testify. It is up to the prosecution to prove the case "beyond a reasonable doubt."

    When all the witnesses have testified, the Defendant or his or her lawyer may tell the Judge why the case was not proven against the Defendant.

    The Judge, after hearing all the testimony and witnesses, will make the decision whether the case has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If the Judge finds the Defendant "Not Guilty," the case is over.

    If the Judge finds the Defendant "Guilty," the Judge will sentence the Defendant. 

  • What are the Possible Penalties?

    Fines 

    The Judge must follow the law in deciding the amount of any fine imposed. Sometimes there are minimum penalties and mandatory assessments that must be imposed by law. Fines are generally expected to be paid at the time they are imposed.

    The Judge may allow the fine to be paid in installments if he or she is satisfied that payment cannot be made in full. You may apply for partial payments by filling out a form. The Judge will then make a decision about your payment arrangements. You will sign a court order that will explain the terms of your payments. Failure to comply with this order can result in a warrant for your arrest and/or suspension of your driving privileges.

    Jail 

    The maximum jail term that can be imposed for offenses heard in the municipal court is six months. Sentences are served at the Union County Jail.  The Judge may sentenance you to the Sheriff's Labor Assistance Program (SLAP) in lieu of jail.

  • Sheriff's Labor Assistance Program (SLAP)

    SLAP is a community based corrections program which punishes aberrant behavior and emphasizes responsible productivity.  It is structured to modify undisciplined, irresponsible conduct through supervised public work and the experience of strict accountability.  The screening of non-violent offenders reserves jail space to incapacitate dangerous offenders.  It is an alternative to a jail sentence with pre-approved work release or the unnecessary dependence on the reliability of electronic monitoring.  The program exchanges the negative influence of incarceration for the positive developement of self-esteem and law abiding citizenship. 

    Municipal Judges have the discretion to select certain convicted offenders, subject to mandatory terms, for participation in SLAP conditioned upon adherence to program rules and regulations.

  • License Suspension

    Many offenses require suspensions for a minimum period. You cannot drive for any reason until the period of suspension ends, you have paid your restoration fee, and have received written notification from the Division of Motor Vehicles that your driving privileges have been restored. If your license has been suspended for failure to appear, pay fines, or comply with a condition of your sentence, generally it will not be restored until your case is completed. Conditional or special work licenses are not allowed in New Jersey.

  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC)

    If convicted of DWI or refusal to take a Breathalyzer, the court must order attendance at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, where the Defendant must satisfy the screening, evaluation, referral, program and fee requirements. Failure to comply with the IDRC guidelines will result in further court action.

  • Community Service

    By law, the Judge must order community service for certain traffic offenses and may order community service for a criminal conviction. The Defendant must work for a municipality or non-profit organization for a certain period of time without compensation. Failure to perform community service will result in the case being returned to court.

  • Points/Surcharges

    In addition to the penalties imposed by the court for moving traffic violations, the Division of Motor Vehicles will also assess points on driving records. Most violations result in two points, but it can be as high as eight for a single offense. The New Jersey Department of Insurance may also assess surcharges on insurance payments. If a driver's license is suspended for nonpayment of an insurance surcharge, the Municipal Court must file a judgment with the County Clerk's office. 

  • What is Mediation?

    The Judge, Court Administrator, or a police officer may suggest that the parties try to settle their differences through mediation. This is a confidential process which allows the parties to meet with a mediator who will aid them in resolving their dispute. You may request mediation before your court date, and the court will decide if your case is eligible. Often mediation takes place on the same day as court. If this is not possible, a future date will be assigned. You may request mediation instead of filing a formal complaint.

  • Are Interpreters Available?

    Please notify court staff as soon as possible if you need a foreign language or sign interpreter. Please be sure to include in your notification any special language dialect required.

  • What is a Conditional Discharge?

    This procedure allows Defendants charged with certain drug offenses to be monitored for a period of time determined by the court. The Judge may require the Defendant to attend drug counseling and have random drug tests. To be eligible, a Defendant must have:

    • Never been convicted of a drug offense in any state or federal court, and
    • Never been granted a conditional discharge before
    • Never received Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or Pretrial Diversion in any state or federal court

    If granted a conditional discharge, the Defendant must pay mandatory assessments, and the Judge may suspend his or her driving privileges. If during the monitoring period no additional offenses have been committed, and there is compliance with all conditions (including satisfying all financial obligations), the original charges will be dismissed. 

  • How is Bail Handled?

    Bail is the money or property deposited with the court to obtain the temporary release of a Defendant on the condition that the Defendant will appear in court at every stage of the proceedings until final disposition. (This can be a dismissal, a plea of guilty or a finding of guilty or not guilty.)

    Checks and money orders are generally accepted for bail, but must be made payable to the respective court on the warrant. The identification of the person posting bail must match the name and address printed on the check. Checks are not permitted to be accepted on certain charges.

    Bail may be forfeited if the Defendant fails to appear for any court date and a warrant may be reissued. It is important that the person who is released on bail knows the exact date and time of his or her court date and appears at that time.

    Bail can only be returned to the person who posted it. The bail receipt should be brought to court to expedite the return of bail. It may be possible to apply the bail to any fines or assessments that are imposed by the court if the owner of the bail agrees.

    In some minor traffic offenses, a bail waiver may be signed. In this instance, the Defendant enters a guilty plea, gives up his or her right to a trial and authorizes the court to apply the bail posted against fines and costs owed. 

  • How Can I Appeal My Case?

    If you do not agree with the court's decision, you may appeal to the Superior Court. The appeal does not involve a new trial. No new testimony or new witnesses may be considered. The Superior Court reviews the transcript of the Municipal Court trial, and the decision of the Municipal Court Judge, and will reverse the decision only if there has been a mistake made regarding the facts or the law.

    An appeal must be filed within 20 days of the Municipal Court Judge's decision. A filing fee and transcript deposit is due at that time. Upon request, the Court Administrator will supply all of the necessary forms to be filed with the court office to appeal the decision. You may request that your penalty be stayed (put on hold) pending the appeal. The Municipal Court Judge will decide whether or not to do so. 

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