Firearms ID Card & Handgun Purchase Permits

New Procedure to Apply

The State of New Jersey has adopted an electronic application process for a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit. Follow the instructions below for the online FARS application.

Please note, for those with no internet access, arrangements can be made with the Longport Police Department to utilize library resources for online submissions.  Contact Sergeant Nicholas Rettino or Patrolman Gabriel Guerrieri at (609) 822-2141 to set up an appointment. 

Online FARS Application

  1. Step 1: Visit the following website using a Smartphone, mobile device, or computer: New Jersey State Police Firearms Application & Registration System.
  2. Step 2: If you are a resident of Longport and it is your intent to submit your application to the Longport Police Department, you must enter the Longport Police Department’s Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) # exactly as shown: NJ0011500
    1. If the application is submitted with an incorrect ORI #, the ORI # on the application cannot be changed. A new application must be submitted. Only Longport Residents should use the Longport Agency Identifier Number.
  3. Step 3: Complete the online application and print the confirmation page. This page contains information needed for subsequent steps.
    1. If you are applying for an Initial Firearms Identification Card, after completing the FARS application, you will be required to make an appointment with Identigo for your fingerprints to be processed. Instructions will be provided on the confirmation page. If you complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer, you will need to be able to print the Identigo fingerprint form. If you fail to print the form, contact your police department and request they provide you with the Identigo form. Provide the police department the FARS contributor case # that begins with NJ_______. The confirmation number will not be used by Identigo or the police department on the Identigo form.
    2. 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 deleted from the FARS system and it will be necessary to reapply. Fingerprints must be taken as per the instructions on the page. The Longport Police Department does not fingerprint firearms applicants.​​

Please note the following regarding Handgun Purchase Permits:

  1. ONE (1) Permit is required for each handgun you wish to purchase. 
  2. Per state law, you can only purchase one (1) handgun in a 30-day period. 
  3. Permits expire after 90 days. 
  4. If you want to purchase additional handguns after all issued permits have been used, or if the permit(s) have expired, you must apply for additional permits. 
  5. If you apply for only a Firearms Identification Card but later decide you also want a Handgun Purchase Permit, a new application must be submitted.

Important Information

  • You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this process.
  • Notification of approval does not mean that your FID card and/or Handgun Purchase permits are immediately ready for pick up. You will receive a separate email notifying you that your FID card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit(s) are completed and available. If you do not receive this notification and you attempt to retrieve your document(s), you will be asked to return at a future date.
  • Provide the best email addresses and telephone numbers for both your references and yourself. Your references can be family members.
  • Please advise your references that the FARS system will email a questionnaire regarding your application. Advise your references to check their email system to ensure the email was not discarded as "spam".
  • Your references must complete the questionnaire online. Advise them to complete the questions immediately so that your application will progress in a timely manner. A delay in a reference’s response will result in a delay in the application process.
  • The New Jersey State Police website provides information on New Jersey firearms laws, transportation of firearms, and frequently asked questions. The site can be found by following this link: Firearms Information.


The Longport Police Department will assist residents with the application, processing, and registration of firearms. Questions regarding the FARS process may be directed to Sergeant Nicholas Rettino or Patrolman Gabriel Guerrieri at (609) 822-2141.