The Service Industry Licensing Bureau assures the integrity of those persons and enterprises that provide goods or services to, or for the benefit of, the casino/hotel industry. Through its legal and investigative staffs, Service Industry Licensing reviews each person or enterprise that provides goods or services or applies for licensure as a casino service industry (CSI) for compliance with the standards of honesty, good character and integrity required by the Casino Control Act.
Service industries are of two types: gaming-related and nongaming-related. Gaming related service industries supply those goods and services directly related to the operation of the casino such as gaming equipment, simulcast wagering equipment, or slot machine distributors. Nongaming-related service industries are those entities that supply other goods or services related to the operation of the hotels and casinos, but which do not impact game play, such as construction companies, limousine services or food purveyors. A rather unique service provider also investigated and reported on by Service Industry Licensing is the junket enterprise or the individual junket representative. These are the service providers that, in effect, bring gamblers to the casino.
Q: Who needs to file a Vendor Registration?
A: For those new entities that are not gaming related CSI's or junket enterprises and junket representatives, you should file a vendor registration form according to the procedures that were in place prior to the amendments to the Casino Control Act that were signed into law on February 1, 2011.
Q: For how long does a Vendor Registration remain valid?
A: A vendor registration is effective upon issuance, and shall remain in effect unless revoked, suspended, limited or otherwise restricted by the Division. Notwithstanding this, if a vendor registrant has not conducted business with a casino hotel facility for a period of three years, the registration of that vendor registrant shall lapse.
Q: How will vendor registrations be processed?
A: As a result of the February 1st amendments to the Casino Control Act (Act), the process for vendor registrations has changed. All vendors offering goods and services to a casino pursuant to section 92c(1) of the Act must file a Vendor Registration Form (VRF). This VRF is virtually identical to the prior VRF and, consistent with the prior practice, will be filed with the Division by the casino. At the same time that the casino gives the vendor the VRF to obtain the information needed for the casino to file a completed VRF with the Division, it will also provide the vendor with a Vendor Registration Supplemental Disclosure Form (VRF-S) which the vendor must fill out and file directly with the Division. The vendor must file this VRF-S directly with the Division within 30 days of the filing of a completed VRF. If the vendor does not file the VRF-S with the Division within that 30 day period, the vendor registration issued by the Division will be subject to revocation and the vendor prohibited from transacting any further business with the casino industry. A copy of the VRF form and the VRF-S form can be found on the Division's Web site.
Q: Will vendor registration be delayed because of the requirement for filing of a VRF-S?
A: No. The Division will process a completed VRF filed by a casino in the same manner and in the same time period as they were prior to the February 1st amendments to the Act, and a vendor registration number will be issued at that time. A vendor registrant will then have 30 days to submit a completed VRF-S directly to the Division or risk automatic revocation of its vendor registration.
Q: What process will be used for handling Transactional Waivers for Gaming Related CSI's?
A: The Division intends to promulgate regulations that will address Transactional Waivers within 45 days. For the time being, until such regulations have been promulgated, the Transactional Waiver process for current gaming related CSI applicants and new gaming related CSI applicants should continue as it has prior to the effective date of the amendments to the Casino Control Act that were signed into law on February 1, 2011.
Q: What process will be used for handling Transactional Waivers for Junket Enterprises and Junket Representatives?
A: The Division intends to promulgate regulations that will address the inclusion of junket enterprises and junket representatives as needing Transactional Waivers within 45 days. For the time being, until such regulations have been promulgated, those affected may continue doing business as they have prior to the effective date of the amendments to the Casino Control Act that were signed into law on February 1, 2011. In addition, the Division is in the process of notifying these licensees and applicants of their new obligations under the amendments to the Casino Control Act.