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Firearms Applications

Permit to Carry Handguns:

Applications for a permit to carry a handgun are still completed in paper form. The application, instruction sheet and mental health form are available on the NJSP website. The justifiable need statement is no longer required. The directive from the Attorney General can be found here. Click here for a list of shooting ranges that provide firearms qualifications. Fingerprinting is also required, instructions for this will be provided upon application submission.

Submission of the permit to carry paperwork requires an appointment. Please contact Vivian Fentress at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule.


Firearms ID Card Applications and Handgun Purchase Permits:

Applications for firearms ID cards and permits to purchase handguns must be completed online at the NJSP FARS site.

The Bernards Township ORI number is NJ0180200.

If you make a mistake while completing your application, please call us instead of creating a second application. Do not contact the New Jersey State Police.

Payment for background checks or fingerprinting is made online. Following these recommendations will streamline the process further:

Name – Input your full legal name exactly as it appears on your government issued identification. You also must provide any/all other names that you go by.

Choose References – Your references will be emailed a reference questionnaire.

1. Choose 2 references that are at least 18 years old and have known you for at least 5 years.

2. Provide an e-mail address, phone number and a home address for each reference.

If you are an initial firearms applicant, this department will need to receive both the Federal and State results from your fingerprinting before we proceed with your application. Once we have received your print results, we will email you with a request for the documentation listed below. For applicants who have previously been fingerprinted and already have an SBI number, the following information will need to be provided again if it has been more than 6 months since your last application.

1. NJ Driver’s License with current address or other documentation to establish residency.

2. Birth Certificate or US Passport to establish proof of citizenship (or documentation of legal residency in the U.S. such as a Permanent Residency/Green card or Visa).

3. Documents verifying any name change (Marriage license or court order).

4. If employed, a paystub (with financial information blacked out) or a contact person to verify employment.

5. Completion of an address history Residency Form.

If you are applying for an Firearms ID card and are considering the purchase of a handgun within the next 6 months, you should apply for the Permit(s) to Purchase a Handgun at the same time. Handgun purchase permits are now issued electronically and can be retrieved by the dealer that you use to purchase your handgun.

Firearms FAQ’s may be found here.

Any other questions, please call (908) 204-3161 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.