To purchase any type of firearms in the State of New Jersey, a person must possess a Firearms Identification Card. To purchase a handgun, a person must first apply for a Permit to Purchase a Handgun. Please open the following documents for more information.
Step #1 - Complete the Online Application
All firearms applications can now be completed online at:
(Applicants should have a printer available/attached so that you can print any necessary paperwork.)
Notice – ORI Number:
The system will ask for an “ORI Number”. The Ridgewood Police Department’s ORI Number is NJ0025100.
Please ensure that the ORI number is entered on the form. If an incorrect ORI number is entered on the form, you will NOT receive a firearms ID card, or a permit to purchase. You will have to re-apply using the correct ORI number, and pay for the process again.
Refunds will not be issued
Prior to starting the online application, applicants should have handy any necessary identification for completion of the application, along with contact information for two (2) references that are required. An e-mail address is required of each reference, and the application may require a telephone number to each reference as well.
If you have never been fingerprinted for firearms purposes, you will need to be fingerprinted with the Universal Fingerprint Form. This form will be generated after successful submission of the online application.
If you HAVE been fingerprinted, for firearms purposes, after successful completion of the online form and payment, you would have completed both S.T.S. 033 and 212A requirements.
Step #2 - Respond to Ridgewood Police Headquarters for Payment
You must respond to Ridgewood Police Headquarters to pay for your initial Firearms Identification Card and/or hand gun permits directly after completing your online application. Please be advised that your application WILL NOT be process until you have paid for your Firearms Identification Card and/or Firearms Permit to Purchase.
These payments are not refundable if you are denied for any reason, as per NJAC 13:54 - 1.4.
"Non-refundable payment is required to be made prior to the completion of the background as per NJAC 13:54-1.4. [Payment will be:]
Firearms Identification Card: $5.00
Handgun Permit to Purchase: $2.00 each.