Information on Firearms Application and Registration System During COVID-19

Bridgewater, NJ - All FARS applications will be processed with an expected delay due to the COVID-19 response and recovery. FARS will continue to accept new applications, however it is expected that the background investigations and processing times will be significantly delayed. It is important to note that initial applications will be indefinitely delayed due to the closure of the States contracted fingerprint vendor sites. This portion of the background process will continue as soon as non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen.
The process of delivering the Firearms Purchaser Identification Cards and/or Handgun Purchase Permits may be modified (i.e. mailing permits, pickup from a drop box, etc…) and will be handled on a case by case basis.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System used by firearms dealers is currently suspended. Handgun Purchase Permits are valid for 90 days and can be extended for an additional 90 days for a total validity period of 180 days. It is possible that Handgun Purchase Permits may expire prior to the end of the COVID-19 response. Handgun Purchase Permits will not be extended past the 180 days from the date of issuance. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for transactions initiated before Executive Order #107 became effective. The NJSP Firearms Unit and the respective retail firearms dealer will handle those exceptions.


We are providing this information so applicants can make an informed decision on submitting an application in FARS at this time.

Gun Safety

Free Locks for your Firearms are available at the Fanwood Police Department.

Visit Be Smart for Gun Safety Information. 


Firearms Purchases

In order to obtain a firearm, you must meet eligibility requirements and comply with the statutes which govern firearms purchases in the State of New Jersey.

All firearms applications for residents of Fanwood are handled through the Police Department. If you need guidance with the application process or have questions, please email Officer Elliott Bernard at Ebernard@fanwoodpolice.org or call (908) 322-5000 ext. 507. 

Additional firearms information is available at the NJ State Police web site .

Firearms Application Process and Requirements

The process begins with making application for a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and along the way, requires you to submit to a background investigation by both state and federal agencies, supply references, be fingerprinted, and consent to a mental health records check.

There are two types of purchase permits in New Jersey—the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and the Permit to Purchase a Handgun.


Applicants should anticipate the process taking approximately thirty days from the date of receipt of the application. Incomplete or missing information may delay the process, as will the failure of your references to respond in a timely manner.



Please refer to the NJ State Police Firearms website for all forms and further information. 



All questions can  be answered by going to https://www.njsp.org/firearms/fars.shtml


The Fanwood Police Department ORI number is : NJ0200500