The firearms application process is now electronic. Please follow the instructions below to apply for any of the following:
- Initial Firearms Purchaser Identification Card
- Permit to purchase a Handgun
- Change of Address on Identification Card
- Change of Sex on Identification Card
- Change of Name on Identification Card
- Electronic Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (for duplicate or lost Identification Card)
- Register handguns(s) transferred with change of residency to New Jersey
- Note: This process DOES NOT apply to permit to carry applications. For instructions on applying for a permit to carry, please visit https://woodstownpd.org/firearms/permit-to-carry.
Step 1: Visit https://www.njportal.com/NJSP/fars
Step 2: When you log on, you must enter the Woodstown Police Department’s ORI number which is NJ0171500. This ORI number is valid for Woodstown Borough residents ONLY. If you are not a Woodstown Borough resident, contact your local police department or state police barracks for the correct ORI number.
Step 3: Complete the online application. You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
- Note: You can apply for your Firearms Identification Card and Permit to Purchase Handguns at the same time, so please make sure to check off both boxes if you wish to do so.
- The Firearms ID card allows you to purchase long guns and ammunition. It is valid for 10 years.
- A Permit to Purchase a Handgun allows you to purchase one handgun only and is valid for up to 180 days. You can purchase one handgun in a 30-day period.
Step 4: All first-time applicants MUST be fingerprinted. However, if you have been fingerprinted before for firearm purposes, upon completion of your FARS application, you will have completed both Firearms Application and 212A requirements. Payment for your fingerprints will be collected at the fingerprint facility. To schedule an appointment with Identogo, complete the following steps:
- Go to www.identogo.com and select “Get Fingerprinted”.
- Select New Jersey from the drop-down menu.
- Select “Digital Fingerprinting” to proceed.
- Enter service code 2F164B.
- Select “Schedule or Manage Appointment” and begin entering your information.
- When prompted, enter NJ0171500 in the “Originating Agency Number” field.
- You will also need a Contributor’s Case number which must be obtained by the police department. You cannot proceed without this number.
Step 5: Prior to the execution of your electronic FID card and/or electronic permits, you must submit payment to the Woodstown Police Department for your ID card, and if applicable your permits. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order and should be made payable to the Woodstown Police Department. Fees are as follows:
- Firearms ID Cards: $50.00
- Permit to Purchase a Handgun: $25.00 each
Note: Once your background check is complete, and your application is ready for approval, you will be notified by a member of the Firearms Unit to respond to the police department to pay for your FID and/or Permit(s) to Purchase. Once payment is received, your application will be approved. For FID applicants, you will then receive an automated email, which will contain a link to your electronic Firearms ID Card. You must download and/or print the card out for your records. The link for your eFID card will be active for one year after issuance. Your ePermits will be available for execution at a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer.
References: Please advise your references they will receive an automated email questionnaire to be answered. Please advise them to complete the questionnaire immediately to fast-track your background investigation.
The on-line application is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers and emails for yourself and your references.
Note: Effective September 13, 2022, the required Course of Instruction in the lawful safe handling and storage of firearms is integrated into the application process for all INITIAL Firearms Purchaser Identification Cards.
Please do not contact or respond to the Police Department to inquire when your application will be complete. A member of the firearms unit will contact you.
Questions and additional information regarding the process may be obtained by calling the Firearms Investigation Unit at 856-769-1330 ext. 4.