Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I go to pay a ticket?
Summonses can be paid at the Newton Municipal Court, located in the Municipal Offices at 39 Trinity Street, adjacent to our police facility. Additionally, you can now pay for some traffic and parking summonses online. Log on to Municipal Courts Direct for more information.
How can I request my driving history abstract?
Your NJ driving history can be viewed online on the Motor Vehicle Comission website. There you can also renew your driver's license, vehicle registration, pay fines, order personalized plates, schedule a road test or vehicle inspection, change your address, and more.
What are the penalties and fines for traffic violations?
More information on penalties and fines is available on the NJMVC website.
How can I have a background check conducted?
Background checks and criminal history record checks are handled by the New Jersey State Police. More information is available on their web site.
How can I apply for a firearms permit?
The Newton Police Department facilitates all firearms applications for Newton residents. For more information, please contact Sgt. Steven Benson at (973) 383-2525 or .
How can I apply for a restraining order?
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. The New Jersey Coalition For Battered Women has information about how to obtain a restraining order.
How can I find a list of registered sex offenders in the state of New Jersey?
New Jersey law authorizes the Division of State Police to make available on the Internet information about certain sex offenders required to register under Megan's Law.
Where do I sign up to receive AMBER alerts on my cell phone?
Wireless AMBER Alerts are text messages that are sent out to cell phone subscribers as soon as local law enforcement releases an AMBER Alert. Important information about the child or any known information about the abductors or the vehicle are included.
Anyone capable of receiving text messages and whose wireless carrier is a participant in the program can sign up to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts. You can sign up for wireless AMBER alerts at www.wirelessamberalerts.org.
How can I sign up to receive Newton Police press releases by email?
Are there Black Bears in Newton?
Since the 1980's, the population of black bears in New Jersey has been steadily increasing - along with the number of New Jersey residents. As a result, bears and people are coming into contact with each other more than ever before. Black bear sightings are a common occurrance in Newton.
Proper solid waste management techniques have proven to be the most effective and efficient method of preventing black bear nuisance problems around homes. Proper storage of residential garbage is the best method for prevention of nuisance bear problems. All garbage should be stored in airtight containers in a secure area.
Please note that the mere presence of a black bear is not considered a problem. To report a black bear sighting, contact the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Wildlife Services Unit at (908) 735-8793. If you are experiencing nuisance or damage problems related to bears, please contact your local police department. Emergencies involving a bear or a threat to safety should be reported by dialing 9-1-1.
How can I schedule a car seat installation or inspection?
If you've read about our car seat program on our traffic page and would like to set up an appointment for assistance in installation or an inspection of your child's seat(s) at no charge, contact Sgt. Dean Coppolella at , Ptl. Steven VanNieuwland at , or by calling (973) 383-2525.
Because of the increase in our senior population in the community, the HELP Program was started to assist in identifying those individuals with special needs who normally would not be able to communicate to medical or police personnel basic, but pertinent information. The HELP Program is facilitated through the use of a bracelet that has an individually assigned number that would allow dispatchers to quickly and efficiently attain the individual's pedigree and medical information. The program is free of charge and open to seniors and special needs people that reside in the Town of Newton. If you have any questions or wish to participate in the program, please contact Officer Michael Wolanski at (973) 383-2525 or .
The vacation watch program is designed to give residents extra peace of mind while they are away from their homes. Remember, even with the police watching your house, good neighbors are the best defense against criminal activity. Get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other! Requesting a property check is simple... complete a property check form, then drop it off at our dispatch center. That's it! Participation in the vacation watch program is limited residents of the Town of Newton only.
How can I fill out an Emergency Contact Form?
If you own a business or operate a commercial establishment within the Town of Newton, we encourage you to complete an emergency contact form, which will assist us in contacting you in case of an emergency or alarm activation at your business. Simply print out the emergency contact form and mail it or drop it off to us at your earlist convenience.
Can I park on my street overnight?
Parking on any street in Newton between the hours of 4AM and 6AM or while the streets are snow covered is prohibited, except on Saturday night going into Sunday. Overnight parking passes for designated spots in the Eastern, Central, and Adams Street lots as well as the Park & Ride are available for a fee at the Newton Municipal Building Finance Office. If you absolutely must leave your vehicle in the street overnight, you must contact the police department and receive permission from the Patrol shift commander prior to doing so.