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What is the Department of Justice letter for and who has to have one?

The letter of registration, often referred to as the Johnson Act, DOJ, or confirmation letter, is a letter issued to establishments that are registered with the United States Department of Justice in accordance with The Gambling Devices Act of 1962. This confirmation letter is one of several documents required by the Illinois Gaming Board to be displayed in establishments with video gaming terminals.

The Act reads:

The Gambling Devices Act of 1962, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1171-1178, requires registration by any person or entity engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, reconditioning, buying, selling, leasing, using, or making available for use by others any gambling device before any such device enters interstate or foreign commerce. Registration is to be requested in writing each calendar year prior to engaging in business and is effective on the date all required information is received at the Department of Justice. The request for registration should include the registrant’s name and each trade name under which the registrant does business, the address of each of the registrant’s places of business, the street address in any state or possession of the United States where the gambling device records can be viewed, the officers’ or owners’ names and titles, and the activities the registrant intends to engage in during the calendar year as described in section 1173 of the statute.

Registrations must be filed each year during the time period of December 1 to December 31 unless your establishment is new, then registration is required throughout the year as appropriate.

Registration is free and ME Gaming will assist you with this process each year.

“Gambling Device Registration.” The United States Department of Justice. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2017.


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