Division of Investigation
111 Ridgedale Avenue • Florham Park, NJ 07932
Phone (973) 410-5411 • Fax (973) 377-9118
ATTENTION FIREARMS APPLICANTS
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
- You must be 18 years of age to obtain a Firearms Identification Card.
- You must be 21 years of age to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun.
- You can never have been convicted of an indictable crime in this state, or the equivalent of a NJ indictable crime in another state, that has not been expunged or sealed. A crime for the purposes of other states, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:1-4, involves any crime where a person CAN be sentenced to 6 months or more confinement.
- You cannot be drug dependent, an alcoholic, or suffer from any mental illness or physical defect or disease that would make it unsafe for you to handle a firearm.
- You can never have been confined for a mental disorder.
The below information is important and explains the online application submission process.
Applicants looking for an initial, modified, or replacement Firearms Identification Card (FID), or permits to purchase handguns will now apply directly to the State via https://njportal.com/NJSP/FARS. The Municipal Code, or ORI, needed for any application by a resident of Florham Park is NJ0141100. If this is not entered correct, the application will not go to Florham Park and there will be no refund by the State if it needs to be resubmitted correctly.
Complete the online application. Before beginning, make sure you have correct email addresses for two reputable references. When choosing references, please choose responsible and credible persons who will respond to the reference questions in a timely manner and that you have known for at least 3 years. Any delays in the reference responses will directly affect your background check time. Make sure you have good phone numbers for yourself. Any non-working numbers, full voicemail systems, or failures to return agency phone calls will absolutely delay your application process.
All permit fees must, by state statute, be paid at the Police Department prior to the submission of your application. If not, the Police Department will not electronically accept and forward your application to be processed. Fees may be paid by check form made out to "Borough of Florham Park" or cash if received during the Borough’s normal business hours. Police Officers and Dispatchers will never accept cash. If your application is for an initial or duplicate Firearms Identification Card, the fee is $50.00. Each permit to purchase a handgun is $25.00. There is no fee for a change of address, name, or sex.
Applicants must make sure their driver's license name, address, and date of birth are accurate and reflected accordingly on the application. You MUST enter your “Official Name”, you cannot utilize simplified versions of your names (Joe vs. Joseph). Inconsistencies will result in delayed applications or denial of service at firearms dealers. Falsification of any information on an application or related document is a crime of the third degree (N.J.S.A. 2C:30-10c), and is a reason for denial.
Retiring Law Enforcement Officers should apply for Initial and Renewal Permits online via: https://www.njsp.org/firearms/rpo.shtml
All first time applicants must be fingerprinted. The fee and form needed to get fingerprinted will be provided to the applicant during the online application process. The fee will be submitted to the location you will be printed at, NOT a Police Department. If you have been fingerprinted before for employment, clergy, volunteer, teaching, or other reasons, you still need to be fingerprinted for firearms purposes and so the State may assign you a Firearms Identification Number.
Those previously fingerprinted for firearms purposes and already assigned an SBI number (can be found on your ID card) retain the option of getting fingerprinted again if you choose, though it is not required.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- New Jersey permits one handgun purchase every 30 days. You are entitled to as many permits to purchase as you like from us, but may only legally use one every 30 days. Each permit to purchase a handgun is good for 90 days from issuance. For this reason, we recommend holding off an application if you are ordering a special gun and do not know when it will be available to you. You could apply when you know it is coming soon.
- If you have been the subject of a Temporary Restraining Order, you may apply following its dismissal. If you have been the subject of a Final Restraining Order, you may apply no sooner than 2 years following the issuance of that order or upon the date of dismissal, whichever is greater.
- For person-to-person sales, the seller of a handgun is responsible for submitting the proper completed permits to the appropriate authorities as listed on the permits.
- While this agency accepts firearms applications 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, you may be asked to return for clarification, so it is recommended you submit any required documents and payments to our Records Unit when possible for the quickest processing.
- Be sure you do not have outstanding traffic or criminal WARRANTS. This will likely result in you being arrested as ordered by the warrant and will be a reason your background check will be delayed or denied until rectified.
- If you wish to learn your criminal history prior to submitting an application, you may do so through the New Jersey State Police website at http://www.njsp.org/criminal-history-records/index.shtml#instruct and select Form A. This could help you avoid falsifying information on your application (though most people tend to remember what happens when they get arrested) or for verifying any expungements.
- For Morris County residents having questions regarding any juvenile criminal histories, you should contact the Morris County Superior Court - Juvenile Probation Unit.
- You do not need a firearms ID card to purchase a handgun, you only need a "permit to purchase a handgun", but you do need an ID card for handgun ammunition or long arms.
- Certain "assault firearms" are banned in New Jersey, a complete list can be found under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-1w. Special approval needs to be sought with the Prosecutor's Office.
- You MAY NOT purchase handguns or long arms from an out-of-state party. All guns being sought in this manner need to be transferred to a dealer in New Jersey who is a licensed NJ State Retail Firearm Dealer and has a Federal Firearms License.
- If you have currently have weapons or a firearms identification card seized or forfeited, you must resolve those matters first before applying, unless directed to do so by a Prosecutor's Office or the Attorney General's Office.
- Our background checks will not be conducted until the applicant has been fingerprinted or gone through their online background check. This is due to many applicants filing applications but not completing their required checks. It delays the process for those that have done what is required.
- Paper applications found on the New Jersey State Police Website are still accepted, though not encouraged, and will delay your background check process.
- For residents new to the State of New Jersey, an owner of handguns is required to obtain a Firearms Identification card and all handguns possessed must be registered within 60 days of moving into the state; both via the FARS system
If you are denied for any reason, you will be notified via Certified Mail and/or phone. You will have 30 days from receipt of your notification to file an appeal with the Superior Court of Morris County. There, you will request to schedule a hearing. If you do file an appeal, you must notify the Chief of Police in Florham Park in writing that you have filed a request for a hearing.
For any questions not seen here, you may check the New Jersey State Police website at http://www.njsp.org/firearms/firearms-faqs.shtml, or contact this agency's firearms Investigator.
If you have any questions not answered on the application or State Police website or you just cannot find what you are looking for, please contact Records Secretary Adrianne Farrell at (973) 410-5349 or email@example.com, or Detective Lieutenant Mike Neilan at (973) 410-5411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are seeking a permit to carry a handgun you must contact Detective Lieutenant Mike Neilan directly at (973) 410-5411, or email@example.com. The process is more exhaustive and you will need to meet with the Investigator to go over it. See our drop down "Permit to Carry" under the "Service" tab above for more information.