Registering for an online casino is your first step toward betting online wherever you are in New Jersey.
Whether you’re a weekly regular at the Atlantic City casinos or you’ve never set foot in one before, you can enjoy all the casino action on your smartphone, tablet, or computer through online casinos.
While you might have poked around at a few websites, to play, you must register – even if you’re playing with free spins or no deposit bonus dollars.
Registering is a piece of cake, provided that you can meet the minimum criteria. In most cases, signing up for online casinos takes only a matter of minutes. Then the world of slots, table games, and live betting is at your fingertips.
How to Register for Online Casino in New Jersey
Registering for an online casino is simple as long as you are 1) 21 or over, 2) can prove your identity, and 3) are not barred from a casino for any reason. While there may be slight differences from one casino to another, you can expect the same steps.
- Click the “Register,” “Sign up,” or “Join” button to get started.
- Fill in the basic information required: username and password.
- Provide personal information, including: email address, name, date of birth, and gender. You’ll be asked for additional information to confirm your identity.
- Give security questions and answers (this is so you can access your account even if you forget your password)
- You may need to respond to the confirmation email, call, or text message to confirm your identity.
- If you’re playing through your mobile device (smartphone or tablet), you’ll need to download the proper app. If you’re using iOS (i.e., an Apple product), you can download the app from Apple’s App Store. If you’re using an Android device, go to the online casino’s homepage and download the app from there.
- If you’re playing from a laptop or desktop, you’ll probably need to download geolocation software. This is so that the casino can confirm that you’re playing within New Jersey state lines. You can read more about that below.
Following these steps will get you set up to start playing hundreds of slots, casino table games, and poker!
Personal Information Required for Registration
Casinos are required to confirm who you are and where you are when you register. This is to abide by federal and state laws, and it’s also a good practice for the casinos and you as a player.
Since casinos can’t inspect your ID or be sure of your presence when you’re not physically at the casino, they must enlist technology to assess your identity and location.
Identification to Register: Who are you?
Determining who you are is essential for registration. Before they invite you into their home and let you sit at their table, casinos understandably want to know who you are. That means they need certain important information.
Online casinos will require to know your:
- Name (first and last)
- Date of Birth
- Physical address
- Email address (Most, but not all require this for a confirmation message and, if you opt-in, promotional material)
- Usually, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number (for identification purposes)
This information is safely encrypted and stored. You can read about that further below.
Will online casinos ask for my Social Security Number?
Online casinos need some means to confirm your identity. Often they’ll ask for the last four digits of your Social Security Number when you sign up. The information is encrypted and stored safely and won’t be shared with other entities.
If you do not want to share the last four digits of your SSN, you might call the casino to register, register in person at their physical cage, or find another online casino. Each casino has different requirements for reporting. If you’re uncomfortable with one, see what else is out there.
Location: Where are you?
You can register for a New Jersey-based online casino regardless of where you are. But, as you probably know, you have to be within the state of New Jersey to bet in legal casinos online.
This is an important legal aspect of online gambling: no inter-state betting is currently allowed in the U.S. (This is the same reason people drive to a neighboring state to buy a ticket for the state lottery.)
Geolocation technology: GPS
Geolocation is the key to confirming your location when placing bets with a casino. Geolocation applies to GPS devices in smartphones and tablets or IP addresses used over WiFi or land-based servers.
Casinos use geolocation technology to indicate where you are and if you’re able to bet at their casino. You have to be detectable by the geolocation device the entire time you’re playing.
For apps on smartphones and tablets, casinos use the same GPS technology that other apps use to recommend nearby restaurants or driving directions.
If you’re using a laptop or desktop, your internet access has an IP (Internet Protocol) address that lets the casino know your approximate physical address. It’s not necessarily precise enough to send you flowers but close enough to tell whether you’re in New Jersey or not.
You’ll notice that you can register to join an online casino, browse the pages, and deposit or withdraw money while you’re outside of the state. You can place wagers if your device indicates that you aren’t within state lines.
A word on Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
VPNs are Virtual Private Networks. They allow you to set up an IP address in a place where you are not physically located. You might be wondering, “Can I set up a VPN in New Jersey and play from another state?”
The answer is yes…if you want to get barred from the casino for life. While casinos might not be able to trace a VPN back to your physical address, they can tell when you’re using a VPN. Casinos will be fined heavily if they allow someone to place bets while they’re not in the state, so they do not take kindly to a false representation of the location.
You may be barred from an online casino if caught using a VPN.