All firearms applications for residents of Randolph are handled through the Randolph Township Police Department's Records Bureau. If you need guidance with the application process or have questions, please call 973.989.7019.
In order to obtain a firearm, you must meet eligibility requirements and comply with the statutes which govern firearms purchases in the state of New Jersey.
Additional firearms information is available at the NJ State Police web site.
Firearms Application Process and Requirements
The process begins with making application for a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and along the way, 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. If this is your first time buying a firearm, you will need to apply for both but this is accomplished using the same application form (Form STS-33).
Applicants should anticipate the process taking approximately thirty days from the date of receipt of the application. Incomplete or missing information may delay the process, as will the failure of your references to respond in a timely manner.
Firearms Application Registration System (FARS)
Application Procedures for Applicants
Your name must be exactly as it appears on your government document (i.e. driver’s license). Note: If your information does not match, you will need to re-apply. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Enter your CURRENT personal information as listed on your driver’s license. If your driver’s license is NOT updated, please enter your information as listed on another official government identification. Updating your driver’s license is recommended for a successful NICS check. You MUST LIST YOUR CURRENT LEGAL NAME. If your current legal name does NOT have a suffix, DO NOT ADD a suffix in this application. If your last name changed due to marriage, YOU MUST ALSO LIST your MAIDEN name.
If you are applying for an initial firearms identification card, after completing the FARS application, you will be required to make an appointment for your fingerprints to be processed. Instructions will be provided on the confirmation page. You have 90 days from the date of application to have your fingerprints processed. Failure to do so will result in your application being automatically withdrawn from the FARS system and it will be necessary to reapply.
Step 1: Visit the FARS website
Step 2: You will also need Randolph's ORI number, NJ0143200. You WILL NOT be able to complete the FARS online application without same.
Step 3: Complete the online application. You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop or desktop computer. When completing the application, you will need the e-mail addresses of 2 reputable references. Your references can be family members. Please fully proofread the entered information at the "Review Screen" portion of your application. Please also print out the confirmation pages after your application is electronically submitted. You will receive automated e-mail updates throughout this new process through FARS.
Step 4: You MUST appear at our headquarters to pay for your INITIAL FID card and/or handgun purchase permits. Non-refundable payment is required to be made prior to the completion of a background investigation, as per NJAC 13:54-1.4. The fee for the INITIAL FID card is $5.00, and the fee for each handgun purchase permit is an additional $2.00 (check or money order only). Bring verification of your residence at time of payment.
Step 5: Both FID cards and permits to purchase handguns are all electronic now, and will be active immediately upon approval in the FARS system. There is no longer a need to respond to police headquarters to obtain them, which is why payment must be received prior to approval.
*Please advise your references that the FARS system will e-mail 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 investigation.
*The online application is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers and e-mail addresses for yourself and your references. Although your Social Security number is not mandatory, the application process will be delayed without it.
*If you have resided outside of NJ in the past 10 years, you must complete Form 66, Consent for Mental Health Records Search.
If you are seeking a Permit to Carry a Handgun:
A permit to carry is required for any handgun—concealed or not—and it must be renewed every 2 years. Only one permit needs to be obtained for all such handguns.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and Permit to Purchase a Handgun, you must also:
- supply proof of your familiarity with handguns (firearms qualifications)
- supply three completed applications with four 2x2 photos
- supply employment letter of need and PI license
- supply photocopies of past permits, Firearms ID card, driver’s license and Social Security card
- include endorsements from three individuals attesting to your good moral character and ability to exercise self-control
- have a “justifiable need to carry a handgun”
- provide a description and serial number for every handgun you intend to carry
- submit a $50.00 money order made out to the New Jersey Judiciary
Issuance of this permit is almost completely discretionary and New Jersey has a policy of strictly limiting permits to “persons specifically employed in security work…and to others who can establish an urgent necessity for carrying guns for self-protection.”
Voluntarily Register Firearms
All applicants are encouraged to complete a Voluntary Form of Firearms Registration which will be provided to the New Jersey State Police and retained by the Randolph Township Police Department.
These are fillable forms which means they can be filled out on your computer and saved to your hard drive and/or printed out. To view and complete them, you will need the freely available Adobe Reader software installed on your computer.