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The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office issued 800 youth ID cards during the Monmouth County Fair which was held from July 21st to July 25th. The Youth ID program consists of a credit card size photo ID of a child that is carried by a parent or guardian who maintains complete control of the card. In an emergency, the card can be given to local first responders to aid in the rapid location and safe return of a child.


Parents are asked to complete a brief information and authorization form, a digital photo is taken, and after the information and photo are placed on the card, it’s mailed to the parents. The photo ID process is fast, friendly and does not compromise the privacy or identity of a child. “Our Youth ID Program can help ensure the safety of our children, which is a priority in the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden.

The success of the Youth ID program would not be made possible without the assistance and dedication of the Sheriff’s Office clerical staff who worked at the Monmouth County Fair, and the VISCOMP (Volunteers in Sheriff’s Community Programs) volunteers that participate in community programs.

The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Youth ID program will be offered at the following events in August: National Night out on August 3rd in Long Branch, Neptune, Union Beach and Sea Girt, the Italian American Festival in Ocean Township on August 13th and 14th and the Colts Neck Fair on August 20th and 21st.