Firearm Applications

Application Process

Update from the New Jersey State Police Firearms Application & Registration System (FARS)

For applications submitted prior to October 01, 2020, the paper permits must be obtained at Police Headquarters prior to going for purchase of handgun. Information about this is included in the email sent on application approval. DO NOT APPEAR AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN CONTACTED TO RETRIEVE YOUR PERMIT.

For applications submitted online from October 01, 2020 onwards, the paper permits will no longer be available. They are being replaced by electronic permits. An e-Permit becomes active from the date of approval of S.T.S.033 application. An e-Permit is initially active for 90 days , and can be renewed once for another 90-days period. For an application with e-Permit, applicant can directly go to the licensed firearms dealership along with the information in the approval email to purchase a handgun. No paper permit will be issued by the Police Department for these applications.

For Holmdel Township Residents

The Firearms Application and Registration System (FARS) is the new online application process for obtaining Firearms ID cards and handgun permits.

FARS is taking the place of the STS 033 form. Applicants can apply online for all the same options as the paper application form with the exception of Permits to Carry.

All Holmdel Township residents should apply online via the New Jersey State Police FARS website.

FARS Procedure

  • Step 1
  • Step 2
    • Complete the online application on FARS. Applicants must use the Holmdel Police Department ORI number (NJ0131800). Applicant must utilize the correct ORI number.
    • If the applicant makes a mistake while applying, they simply can re-apply. All application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
    • FARS requires the applicant to provide email address and phone numbers 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.
    • Applicants will receive automated email updates throughout the application process.
    • Mental Health Search Forms
      • If in the past 10 years (from application date) the applicant lived in other states, the applicant must submit a Mental Health Search Form at the Holmdel Police Department. Applicants will sign the form in the presence of a department representative, giving us permission to request mental health records outside of New Jersey.
  • Step 3
    • Applicants must 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.
    • The FID card fee is $5.00. Each handgun permit fee is $2.00. The fee(s) are non-refundable and are required per NJAC 13:54-1.4. Check or money order is accepted. Make checks payable to Holmdel Township Police Department.
    • Payments 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, a printed copy of the FARS application that includes confirmation number.
  • Step 4
    • Once the application is completed, approved and paid for, a police department representative will contact the applicant to pick up their FID card.

Police Department Hours/Contact

Applicants can make payment  and obtain FID cards Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Report to the Records Bureau window in Police Headquarters. For questions or concerns regarding cards and permits, contact us at 732-946-9690, ext. 1741.

First Time Applicants & Current Firearms Identification (FID) Card Holders

First time applicants must be fingerprinted. During the FARS process, the applicant will be prompted to the IdentoGO website, https://uenroll.identogo.com for fingerprinting.

If the applicant has been previously fingerprinted for firearms purposes, upon completion of the application and payment, the applicant will complete an online 212A Form for a background check.

Questions or concerns regarding FARS can be directed to the New Jersey State Police at 609-882-2000.