Firearms Application Process & Requirements

Expedited Process

To begin the new online NJSP Firearms Application and Registration System (F.A.R.S.) you will need to click here NJSP F.A.R.S. 
Please ensure that the Montville Township ORI number is correct on the form and all information provided. If an incorrect ORI number is entered on the form, you will NOT receive a firearms ID card or a permit to purchase. You will then have to re-apply using the correct ORI Number and pay for the process again. A refund cannot be issued

The Montville Township Police Department ORI NUMBER to be used by Montville Township residents ONLY is: NJ0142100 

If you have never been fingerprinted before for firearms purposes, you will need to go for fingerprinting with the Universal Fingerprint form that will be generated after successful submission of this form. However, if you have been fingerprinted before for firearm purposes, upon completion of this form and payment, you would have completed both the S.T.S 033 and 212A requirements. 


You will be receiving automated email updates throughout the new process.

Notify your references that the F.A.R.S. system will email them the reference questions to be answered. Your references will be able to complete the questions using a smartphone/tablet or computer. Please advise them to complete the questions immediately to progress your background investigation.

Payment for your Firearms Identification Card and Pistol Permit(s) whichever you have selected will be collected at the time of pick up. Please see below traditional process for more information regarding fees.

With using the online F.A.R.S. system If you are having technical or payment-related issues, contact the New Jersey e-Government
Services Help Desk  Phone: 609-586-2600 .

Traditional Process

Those applying should anticipate the process taking approximately 30 business days.

The process begins with picking up the application from outside the Police Records Department Window. New Jersey state law requires you to submit to a background investigation by both state and federal agencies, supply references, be fingerprinted, and consent to a mental health records check. 

There are two types of purchase permits in New Jersey: the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and the Permit to Purchase a Handgun. Applicants use the same application form (Form STS-33) for either of these permits. Incomplete or missing information may delay the process, as will the failure of your references to respond in a timely manner. Applications for fingerprinting must be picked up at the Montville Township Police Department. Actual fingerprinting takes place through IndentoGo (Morpho Trust). 

Any questions with the Traditional process please contact Montville Township Police Department Records Bureau at 973-257-4102


  •  $5 for the Firearms Identification Card 
    •  This one time fee is payable to Montville Township Police Department and may be either a check or money order. The ID card is good for as long as you remain eligible to own a firearm in the State of New Jersey and reside at the same address.
  •  $2 for each handgun permit 
    •  You will need one permit for each handgun you wish to purchase. 

Note:  We can only accept payment in cash, check, or money order. Please make payment out to Montville Township.

For assistance with completing your application please visit the NJ State Police website: Application help