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FIREARMS APPLICATIONS – updated 03-24-2020

On 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 to reopen.  

Returning 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 situation.

Our intent 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.
Application Procedure
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 and non-transferable. The applicant MUST utilize the correct ORI number (NJ0110200) for the Ewing Police Department.
Step 1READ ALL STEPS FIRST.....To apply online, visit the following website:  The applicant MUST enter their “Official Name”. They cannot utilize simplified versions of their names (Example: Joe vs. Joseph).
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) 883-2900.
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:
  • ONE permit is required for each handgun you wish to purchase (each permit is $2.00)
  • You can purchase one (1) handgun in a 30-day period
  • Permits are good for up to 180 days (with renewal after 90 days)
  • If you decide you want another handgun permit and you didn't initially get more than one, you will need to apply again
Step 4Upon completing the online application, all applicants MUST submit an online payment to the Ewing Police Department by clicking 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. 
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 are paid.
Step 5:  A representative of the Ewing Police Department will contact you with the results of your application.  You will also be contacted when your permits and relevant paperwork is ready for pick-up.
Application Guidelines
  • You will be receiving automated email updates throughout the online process.
  • 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 investigation.
  • The online application is applicant driven.  Please ensure that you have entered the best phone number and email addresses for yourself and your references.
  • Family members can't be references. 
  • After the applicant enters all required information, a review page appears where the applicant can edit all information entered into the application prior to final submission.
  • An INITIAL APPLICANT will be able to print out their fingerprint form at the end of the application, and are directed to do so.
  • The 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.
  • For additional firearms regulations and procedural information please visit the New Jersey State Police website:
Firearms Fee Schedule
  • 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.
  • Application for a Duplicate Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (STS-033): There is NO fee.



New Jersey Gun Control Laws


Code Section

2C:39-1, et seq.; 2C:58-1, et seq.

Illegal Arms

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;

3. Convicted of unlawful use, possession, or sale of controlled dangerous substance;

4. Minors under 18;

5. Drug dependent;

6. Physical defect which makes it unsafe for him to handle firearms




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