Firearms Information

Firearms PermitPrintable Instructions can be found here 

Before you log on to the portal:

  • Have a credit/debit card available
  • Have all the information on your references that you need – accurate addresses/phone numbers.
  • FARS will automatically time out in 20 minutes if you do not complete or save information.
  • You can apply for both ID cards and permits to purchase at the same time.

Utilize the FARS on-line System for

  • Initial Firearms Purchaser Identification Card
  • Permit to Purchase a Handgun
  • Lost or Stolen identification card
  • Mutilated Identification Card
  • Change of Address on Identification Card
  • Change of Sex on Identification Card
  • Change of Name on Identification Card

The New Jersey State Police has a FAQs webpage regarding the FARSystem here.

Visit the below URL to begin the firearms application process.

Madison NJ: ORI# NJ0141700

You will not be able to start the process without entering the correct ORI # for Madison

Firearms Identification Card

In the State of New Jersey, a Firearms Identification Card is required to purchase long-arms, including shotguns, rifles, black powder, "BB" rifles, pellet rifles, & ammunition.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • First time applicants must be fingerprinted
  • The local licensing authority depends on your area of residence. You must contact your local Police Department or the State Agency in which you are requesting licensing
  • Refunds CAN NOT be issued
  • $50 fee for initial Firearms Identification Card
  • Expiration date of 10 years 
    • Residents with Firearm Identification Cards prior to 12/22/2022 are grandfathered and do not have an expiration date 

Permit to Purchase a Handgun

A Firearms Identification Card is required when applying for a permit to purchase a handgun, as well as the following criteria:

  • Must be at least twenty-one years of age
  • Must be a resident of The State of New Jersey
  • Permit holders may purchase handguns from any private citizen or licensed gun shop in New Jersey
  • Not eligible to purchase or receive a handgun from another state unless the sale is processed through a licensed firearms dealer in The State of New Jersey
  • Permits are valid for 90 days from the date of issue. The permit may be extended an additional 90 days if authorized by the Chief of Police
  • $25 fee for each permit to purchase
    • Duplicates/lost permit to purchases are free 

Permit to Carry a Handgun

Madison residents wishing to submit an application for Permit to Carry a firearm in New Jersey may file an application at the NJ State Police portal online here.
Madison NJ: ORI# NJ0141700

Frequently Asked Questions 

For frequently asked questions, please refer to the New Jersey State Police FAQs here

Important Information

  • FARS is taking the place of the STS033 form
  • Applicant MUST enter their “Official Name”
  • Applicant must enter accurate phone numbers and emails for themselves and their references
  • Family members related by blood or law are not acceptable references 
  • After all information required information is entered, a REVIEW PAGE will appear where you can edit all information into the application prior to final submission
  • If you are an initial applicant (never have had a firearm’s ID card or permit) you will need to be fingerprinted. You will be directed to a link and will be asked to enter your service code, please enter 2F164B
  • Print out confirmation page and application at the end of the process for reference purposes
  • Applicant references will receive an automated email from: with a link to the online reference questionnaire
  • The background investigation (conducted by our detective personnel) will not begin until the applicant has been fingerprinted and their references have completed the online reference questionnaire


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With questions, please contact Kristy Kiehl by phone (973) 593-3016 or email