Firearms Application & Registration

COVID-19 Response Effects on Firearms Applications

The firearms application process is completely web based and we will continue to accept new applications with the understanding that the process is going to be significantly delayed due to the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.  

It is important to note that initial applications will be indefinitely delayed due to mental health checks experiencing delays and the closure of the contracted fingerprint sites. This portion of the background process will continue as soon as non- essential businesses are allowed to reopen.  

Our intent is to process as much as we can during this public health emergency. However, certain aspects of the process must be limited or suspended completely. Simply put, we currently do not have the capability to complete certain portions of the process. We will continue normal operation as soon as the COVID-19 emergency subsides.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is facilitated through the New Jersey State Police. Although currently suspended pursuant to executive order 107, there is no expiration for Firearms Purchaser Identification Cards. Handgun Purchase permits can be valid for a total of 180 days.

If you have further questions, please call the NJ State Police Firearms Investigation Unit at 609-882-2000 Ext 2290

The Firearms Application and Registration System (FARS) is the new online application process for obtaining Firearms ID Cards and Handgun Permits.

All applications for Firearms Purchaser ID Cards and Handgun Purchase Permits must be submitted online. The East Brunswick Police Department ORI to be used by East Brunswick residents when completing the online application is NJ0120400. First time applicants must be fingerprinted. During the FARS process, the applicant will be prompted to print the IdentoGO form to arrange for fingerprinting.

FARS requires the applicant to provide an email address and phone number of two reputable references (friends, co-workers, family members, etc.). References will receive a questionnaire via email. References must complete the questionnaire immediately in order to process your background investigation. Incorrect email addresses submitted as part of your application or failure to respond to the questionnaire will cause a delay in your application.

After completing the online application, applicants must respond to the East Brunswick Records Bureau to pay for the Initial Firearms Identification Card (FID) and/or Pistol Purchase permits. Applications will not be processed until fee(s) are paid in full. Payments by cash, check or money order must be made in person during normal business hours. Applicants must bring all of the following; payment, valid driver’s license and/or photo ID.

If the application is completed and approved, the applicant will be contacted and advised to pick up their FID card and/or permit(s).

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found at online at the State of New Jersey State Police website. Additional questions can be directed to the New Jersey State Police at 609-882-2000 or East Brunswick Police Records Bureau at 732-390-6922.