Firearms Registration and Application System (FARS):

You can now complete your New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Firearms Application online. The following are instructions on how to apply online for a Firearms Identification Card or Permit to Purchase a Handgun.

Step 1: Log on to

Step 2: The Raritan Police Department's ORI # - NJ0181600. This is required to complete the application online. Follow the instructions listed in the Service Information box of the website for fingerprint requirements.

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 email addresses of two (2) reputable references.

**Important Note** Please review the entire application for accuracy prior to submitting it. If your application is submitted with errors or information was omitted, the Raritan Police Dept. does not have the ability to make corrections or add additional information and you will be required to submit a new application.

Step 4: You must appear at your police department to pay for your initial Firearms Identification Card (FID Card) and/or Pistol Purchase Permits. Your application will not be processed until you have paid for the FID Card/Pistol Permits. A non-refundable payment is required to be made prior to the completion of the background as per NJSC 13:54.1.4. Payment may be made by cash (exact amount) or by personal check made out to the Borough of Raritan.

Initial Firearms ID Card - $5.00 (Duplicate Card is no charge)
Permit to Purchase a Handgun - $2.00 each permit

* You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this new process.

* Once your application is complete, a representative from the Police Dept. 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.

Firearms Applicant In Person

The paperwork that is required to apply for a Firearms Identification Card and/or Handgun Permits is available at the Raritan Police Department.

Applications can be picked up or dropped off at any time as long as the requirements are met as outlined in the firearms applicant instructions.

If you have questions, please contact Captain Craig Monda at 908-725-6700 ext. 11 or