Membership I.D. Badge

South Orange Recreation & Cultural Affairs I.D. Badges are available to South Orange residents as of January 1st each year and are good for the calendar year. The Recreation I.D. Badges serve many functions. Among them are:
  • Admittance to the South Orange Community Pool
  • Priority admittance to some Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs programs and activities
  • User fee discounts on fields, tennis and platform tennis areas
  • Discounts on many programs and activities offered through the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs
I.D. Badges are issued year-round during normal business hours at the offices of the South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs. To renew or obtain a current I.D. Badge, two current forms of identification are required for proof of residency (name and South Orange address must appear on each form) from the following list:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid car registration
  • Current telephone bill
  • Current gas/electric bill
  • Valid car insurance card
  • Current water or disposal bill
  • Current Cablevision bill

A parent must accompany all minor children. BIRTH CERTIFICATES ARE REQUIRED for all minors obtaining their I.D. Badges for the first time.

If you have any questions regarding the required documentation, please contact the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs during business hours.
All members of the family requiring a photo must be present at the time of payment.

All adult children living (18 and older) in the parent’s household must provide their own proof of residency.

New I.D. photos are required for all children under the age of 18 every 3rd year. All adults are asked to have photos taken every 5 years.


Purchase or renew your I.D. Badge early in the year to take advantage of lower fees and shorter lines. Membership fees are as follows: 

January 1 through May 15 - $30.00/person, $120/family maximum
Beginning May 16 - $35/person, $140/family maximum

For membership purposes, a FAMILY is defined as parents and dependent children living within the same household.


I.D. cards are to be kept by residents for year-to-year renewal. When renewing memberships, barcodes are reactivated on existing cards. When new photos are requested or required, old I.D. cards must be turned in to the Baird at time of renewal. If prior year I.D. cards cannot be produced, a $10/card replacement fee will be charged.


Residents who hold a South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs I.D. Badge from the prior year, with current photos, may apply to have their badge/s renewed by mail. To renew by mail, follow the instructions included with the Renew by Mail Application (click link). New residents, first-time badge holders and those needing badge replacements must obtain their Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs I.D. Badge in person at The Baird during normal business hours.


A special Recreation I.D. Badge is available to employees hired by South Orange Residents for the care of their children. The employee and terms of employment must meet the following criteria:

Employment must be on a full time basis.
Employee must be 15 years of age or older.

The employer (resident) must certify that the employee meets the above criteria by completing an Affidavit for Live-in, Live-out Employees (click link). 

The fee for the special badge is $75.00 for the season.