Firearms Application and Registration System (FARS)

FARS Firearms Permit Application Instructions

The NJ firearms permit application process is now online. You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, or the web browser on your computer. Please follow the instructions below.

UPDATE MARCH 2020: CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY MAY CAUSE DELAYS IN PROCESSING YOUR FIREARMS PERMIT APPLICATION. Thank you for your understanding.

See common questions and responses at FARS (Firearms Application) FAQ

Step 1: Open https://www.njportal.com/NJSP/fars in your web browser or device and click “Online S.T.S. 033 Form” to begin

Step 2: Enter Bernardsville Police Department’s ORI Number  NJ0180300 when prompted.

**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.

Step 3: Follow the instructions and supply the requested information to complete the online application.

Step 4: You must appear at the Bernardsville Police department to pick up and pay for your FID card/Pistol Permits when the application process is complete. A representative from the police department will notify you upon completion of the firearms application process.

Initial Firearms Purchaser Identification Card : $5.00
Handgun Purchase Permit: $2.00/permit

  • You will receiving automated email updates throughout this new process.
  • Once your application is complete, a BPD representative will contact you to retrieve your FID card and/or Pistol Purchase Permit documents.
  • 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 them to complete the questions immediately to progress your background application.
  • The online application is applicant-driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers for yourself and references as well the best email addresses for you and your references.

Once again, you may wish to see common questions and responses at our FARS (Firearms Application) FAQ page.