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. 


Be advised:

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.


Ridgewood Police ORI:



NJ State Police FARS Website:



Have a printer connected, or available, to your device to print out important documents.



Please advise your references that the FARS system will email them the reference questions they are required to answer.  These questions can be answered on a smartphone, tablet, mobile device, laptop or desktop.  Please request that your references answer the questions immediately to expedite your processing.


The online application is applicant driven.  Please ensure that you have entered the best contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) for yourself and your references.


Be Advised:

Automated E-Mails will be sent to you throughout the process.  If you have not received any notification from the FARS system, or the Ridgewood Police Department, please check your SPAM or junk folders for the emails.  If you have any further questions, please call the Ridgewood Police Department for assistance.



Failure to include your complete social security number on the application may significantly delay the automated background computer checks, which will delay the processing of your application.  You MUST also enter your complete "official name" or legal name.  You cannot utilize simplified versions of your name (e.g. Joe vs. Joseph or Sam vs. Samantha).

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