The firearms application process is now electronic. Please follow the below instructions for the Firearms Reporting System.

FARS Application Procedures for Applicants


Step 1: Visit this website. You MUST enter the site address as follows:

Step 2: When you log on, you must enter the New Hanover Township Police Department’s ORI #: NJ0032600


Step 3: Complete the online application. You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. Please ensure that all information is correct.

When deciding how many permits you would like to get, remember:

a. ONE Permit is required for each handgun you wish to purchase

b. You can purchase 1 handgun in a 30 day period

c. Permits are good for up to 180 days

d. If you decide you want another handgun permit and you didn’t get more than one initially, you will need to apply again.


Step 4:If you have resided out of the State of New Jersey within the last 10 years, you must respond to the Police Records Windows and sign a consent for Mental Health Records Form for your application to proceed.

Step 5: All first-time applicants MUST be fingerprinted. Print the Universal Fingerprint Form that is generated at the end of the application and follow the instructions provided on the form. All other applicants, including those seeking a duplicate Firearms Purchaser Identification Card, are required to complete the online 212A Criminal History Records Check. Upon completion of the online application process, the S.T.S. 033 and 212A requirements will have been met.


Step 6: After the applicant enters all required information, a REVIEW PAGE appears where the applicant can edit all information entered into the application before final submission. Most issues incurred or created by the applicant during the online application process cannot be altered after submission.

Step 7: You will need to submit payment at the Police department for your permits and, if applicable, the Firearms ID card. Permits to Purchase handguns are $2 for each permit, and $5 for the ID card

** All Pistol Permits will be electronically delivered to the email address provided in the application. Should you delete or otherwise lose the email the Firearms Dealer can retrieve your pistol permit.


*You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this process.


*Once your application is complete, a Firearms representative will contact you to retrieve your FID card


*Please advise your references that the FARS system will email them the reference questions to be answered. Your references can complete the questions using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. Please advise your references to complete the questions immediately so your background investigation can be completed.


*The on-line application is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers for yourself and references as well as the best email addresses for yourself and references.