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Dining out in Humboldt County just got smart. The NCJ Smartcard allows consumers to dine at selected area restaurants at a discount … and it’s all done with your smartphone.

Getting started

Simply download the free NCJ Smartcard app from your app store. It is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (search "NCJ Smartcard").

Setting up your account

Once you have set up your account, with any major credit card you can buy credit using the “Add Money” Icon. This credit will be stored in your customer account ready for you to use at any participating merchant. The NCJ Smartcard app is completely secure and does not store credit card information.

Using the app

Are you in the mood for Italian? Thai? Pizza? Maybe a burger and pie? Or seafood with an ocean view? Some of the Humboldt's favorite restaurants have partnered with the Journal and our NCJ Smartcard app!

What's available now? Check the app for all current restaurants and discounts by scrolling through the “Merchants” screen. The list of restaurants changes from time to time, and only those merchants that are shown on the app will accept the NCJ Smartcard.

Each merchant will have various disclaimers. These disclaimers will automatically come up on screen to let you know what restrictions the merchant may have.

Paying your bill

Enter the amount of the purchase into the “pay now” screen. Present your mobile device to your server or cashier who will then press the submit button. If enough credit is in your account to cover the purchase, an approval will come up on the screen with an approval code. It’s as simple as that!

NCJ Smartcard will cover the purchase and tax, but not a gratuity. Please tip appropriately when dining at a Smartcard restaurant. Your server will love seeing you come back next time.

The discount on your purchase will be reflected in your customer account. For instance, if your bill is $50.00 and the discount offered by NCJ Smartcard is 20% (or $10.00), the overall total of the purchase is $40.00. Your NCJ Smartcard account will be debited for $40.00. You just saved $10.00! Check your balance at any time by pressing the “Balance" button.

Within the app, you can call merchants, locate them with the map feature, see the hours of operation, and share this information.

Get smart. Get the NCJ Smartcard!

For questions, please contact us at (707) 442-1400 or


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