Firearms Application Registration System (FARS)
Application Procedures for Applicants
Your name must be exactly as it appears on your government document (i.e. driver's license). Note: If your information does not match, you will need to re-apply. Fees are non-refundable. Enter your current personal information as listed on your driver's license. If your driver's license is not updated, please enter your information as listed on another official government identification. Updating your driver's license is recommended for a successful National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check. You must list your current legal name. If your current legal name does not have a suffix, do not add a suffix in this application. If your last name changed due to marriage, You must also list your maiden name.
If you are applying for an initial firearms identification card, after completing the FARS application, you will be required to make an appointment for your fingerprints to be processed. Instructions will be provided on the confirmation page. You have 90 days from the date of application to have your fingerprints processed. Failure to do so will result in your application being automatically withdrawn from the FARS system and it will be necessary to reapply.
You will also need Randolph's ORI number, NJ0143200. You will not be able to complete the FARS online application without same.
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 2 reputable references. Your references can be family members. Please fully proofread the entered information at the "Review Screen" portion of your application. Please also print out the confirmation pages after your application is electronically submitted. You will receive automated email updates throughout this new process through FARS.
You must appear at our headquarters to pay for your initial FID card and/or handgun purchase permits. Non-refundable payment is required to be made prior to the completion of a background investigation, as per NJAC 13:54-1.4. The fee for the initial FID card is $50, and the fee for each handgun purchase permit is an additional $25 (check or money order only made out to the Township of Randolph). Bring verification of your residence at time of payment.
Both FID cards and permits to purchase handguns are all electronic now, and will be active immediately upon approval in the FARS system. There is no longer a need to respond to police headquarters to obtain them, which is why payment must be received prior to approval.
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 numbers and email addresses for yourself and your references. Although your Social Security number is not mandatory, the application process will be delayed without it.
If you have resided outside of NJ in the past 10 years, you must complete Form 66, Consent for Mental Health Records Search.