Firearms Purchases & Fingerprinting

All gun purchases in the State of New Jersey require a Firearms Identification Card. This card is issued by the Police Department and allows the holder to purchase rifles and shotguns. Each purchase of a handgun requires a separate Firearms Permit. A Firearms Permit and Firearms Identification Card will not be issued to any person:

  • Who has been convicted of a crime
  • Who is drug-dependent, as defined by State Statute (C24:21-2)
  • Who suffers from a physical impairment or disease which would make it unsafe to handle firearms or to a person who has been confined for mental disorders without a certificate from a medical doctor or psychiatrist licensed by the State of New Jersey
  • Under the age of 18
  • Where the issuance would not be in the interest of the public safety or welfare

Firearms Applications for Freehold Township Residents

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

If an applicant does not wish to complete the application electronically, this process can still be completed by following the Firearms Application Instructions (PDF).

If you have any further questions, please visit the NJ State Police website.