PLEASE READ FIRST
FIREARMS APPLICATIONS – updated
Saturday, March 21, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy issued
Executive Order 107. This order directs all
non-essential retail businesses closed to the public.
Fingerprinting for firearms purposes at Idemia
fingerprint sites is suspended. FIREARMS APPLICANTS,
cannot so DO NOT schedule a fingerprinting appointment
until further notice. An updated message will be posted
when firearms fingerprinting resumes. It is important to
note that initial applications will be indefinitely
delayed due to the closure of the contracted fingerprint
sites. This portion of the background process will
continue as soon as non-essential businesses are allowed
firearms applicants who already possess an SBI# for
firearms purposes may experience some delays. Handgun
Purchase Permits are valid for 90 days from the date of
issuance and may be extended for an additional 90 days,
not to exceed 180 days from the date of issuance.
Although we fully expect background investigation and
processing times to be significantly delayed due to the
COVID-19 response, residents should not be prohibited
from applying through the Firearms Application and
Registration System (FARS). Residents can make
their own opinion on when to apply based on the current
is to process as much as we can during this public
health emergency. However, certain aspects of the
process will be limited or suspended completely.
Currently the retail of firearms has been deemed
nonessential. However, some retail firearm storefronts
may provide essential products authorized by the
Governor to remain open. These businesses will be
evaluated based on each individual circumstance.
Firearms Permits and Registration
The Ewing Police
Department Firearms Unit assists residents with
the application, processing, and registration of
firearms. For questions, please call (609)
882-1313 ext. 7523.
On February 18,
2019, The New Jersey State Police Firearms
Investigation Unit announced the statewide
activation of the Firearms Application and
Registration System (FARS). The activation of
FARS will allow firearms applications to be
created and submitted online.
The new online
application is APPLICANT
DRIVEN. If the applicant makes a
mistake while applying, they simply can
RE-APPLY. The applicant should understand that
all application fees are non-refundable
The applicant MUST utilize
the correct ORI number
(NJ0110200) for the
Ewing Police Department.
PLEASE READ ALL
OF THE STEPS BEFORE CLICKING THE WEBSITE IN STEP 1. NOT FOLLOWING ALL OF
THE DIRECTIONS AS OUTLINED MAY DELAY THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
Step 1: READ ALL STEPS
FIRST.....To apply online, visit
the following website: https://www.njportal.com/NJSP/fars.
The applicant MUST enter
Name”. They cannot utilize simplified
versions of their names (Example: Joe vs.
Step 2: When
you log on, you must enter the Ewing Police
Department’s ORI #: NJ0110200.
Applicants using this ORI # MUST live in Ewing,
New Jersey. If you're unsure which town to apply
for, please contact the Ewing Tax Assessor's
Office to verify your residency, at (609)
Step 3: Complete the online
application. You may complete the application
using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or
desktop computer. Be sure to check all relevant
boxes for the items you are applying for. When
deciding how many permits you would like to get,
remember the following:
Upon completing the online application, all
applicants MUST submit
an online payment to the Ewing Police Department
here for their
permits and, if applicable, the Firearms ID
card. Use the
application confirmation number.
You can also follow the below link
to make an online payment.
Remember, use the
application confirmation number!
For fees and instructions concerning
payment, see details below. Applications
will NOT be processed until all applicable fees
A representative of the Ewing Police Department
will contact you with the results of your
You will also be contacted when
your permits and relevant paperwork is ready for
IF WE DON'T RECEIVE YOUR FINGERPRINTS WITHIN 60
DAYS, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE WITHDRAWN AND YOU
WILL HAVE TO REAPPLY.
is required for each handgun you wish to
purchase (each permit is $2.00)
purchase one (1) handgun in a 30-day period
good for up to 180 days (with renewal after
decide you want another handgun permit and
you didn't initially get more than one, you
will need to apply again
Firearms Fee Schedule
You will be
receiving automated email updates throughout
the online process.
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 is applicant driven. Please
ensure that you have entered the best phone
number and email addresses for yourself and
members can't be references.
applicant enters all required information, a
review page appears where the applicant can
edit all information entered into the
application prior to final submission.
APPLICANT will be able to print out their
fingerprint form at the end of the
application, and are directed to do so.
applicant should also print both the
confirmation page and application at the end
of the process. This is for quick reference
in the event of an issue.
additional firearms regulations and
procedural information please visit the New
Jersey State Police website: http://www.njsp.org/about/firearms.html.
Applications for Firearms Purchaser
Identification Card (STS-033): Cash (exact
change) or Check/Money Order payable to the
"Ewing Police Department" in the amount of $5.00.
Applications to Purchase a Handgun
(STS-033): Cash (exact change) or
Check/Money Order payable to the "Ewing
Police Department" in the amount of $2.00
per handgun permit.
for a Duplicate Firearms Purchaser
Identification Card (STS-033): There is NO fee.
New Jersey Gun Control
2C:39-1, et seq.; 2C:58-1, et seq.
Sawed-off shotgun, silencer; imitation
firearm (intended for unlawful use); defaced
firearms; armor penetrating bullets; stun guns;
machine guns or assault firearms if unlicensed
Who May Not Own
1. Convicted of aggravated assault, arson,
burglary, escape, extortion, homicide,
kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault,
or sexual assault or any order prohibiting
possession of firearms;
2. Committed for mental
disorder unless satisfactory proof he no longer
suffers from a disorder which interferes or
handicaps him in handling a firearm;
Convicted of unlawful use, possession, or sale
of controlled dangerous substance;
5. Drug dependent;
6. Physical defect
which makes it unsafe for him to handle firearms