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Firearms Applicant Information

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Franklin Township Police Department

 Public Safety Building 
495 Demott Lane • Somerset 
New Jersey 08873

Telephone 732-873-5533




The Franklin Twp. Police Department’s Firearms Unit assists residents with the application, processing and registration of firearms. You can contact the unit at- Officer Leah Spahr  or 732-873-5533 extension 3152 or The New Jersey State Police Firearms Unit at 609-882-2000.

The process for applying to obtain New Jersey Firearms Identification Cards and/or Permits to Purchase Handguns is now online. Please follow the below instructions for the Firearms Reporting System (FARS).

FARS Application Procedures for Applicants

Step 1: Visit the following website- You can also locate this application on the New Jersey State Police Website.

Step 2: When you log on, you must enter the Franklin Twp. Police Departments ORI number-NJ0180800

Step 3: Complete the online application. Please complete the application using a desktop or laptop computer. Avoid using smartphones or tablets as the system will not properly transmit your information. If you are a first time applicant, you must have access to a printer in order to print the Identigo Fingerprint Form. When completing the application you will need the correct email addresses of two (2) reputable references. The FARS system will email them the reference questions to be answered.

  • You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this new process.
  • The online application is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers/email addresses for yourself and your references.
  • If you have resided outside of NJ within the past ten (10) years you must respond to the police records window and sign a consent for Mental Health Records Form.

Step 4: You will need to submit payment at the police department for your Identification Card and/or permits. ID cards are $5.00 and Permits are $2.00.

This process only applies to those individuals who are applying for their Firearms ID Card and/or permits to purchase. All other applications (Retired officers, carry permits, etc.) are still being processed via paper applications. Feel free to contact the Franklin Twp. Police Department Firearms Unit or the New Jersey State Police Department with any questions.

When needed required forms can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

Firearms Application (sts-033)
Mental Health Form (sp-066) - Needs to be witnessed at Police Headquarters


Further information can be obtained by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Franklin Township Police Department website or by visiting the New Jersey State Police Firearms Information


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