Firearms purchases are governed by New Jersey State Law under Chapter 58 of the 2C Criminal Justice Code. To purchase any type of firearm in New Jersey, a person must possess a firearms identification card (FID card). To purchase a handgun, a person must also possess a Permit to Purchase a Handgun (PPH). Only one handgun may be purchased every thirty (30) days.
An application must be submitted for any of the following: an initial FID Card/FID Card replacement/change of address, or a Purchase Permit for a Handgun (PPH).
The below listed forms are required and are available on-line from the New Jersey State Police website at http://www.njsp.org/info/forms.html#firearms. Additional forms are also listed at this site for different transactions related to firearms. The New Jersey State Police site also has a “frequently asked questions” section that may be of assistance to applicants.
Two (2) “Application for Firearms Purchaser Identification and/or Handgun Purchase Permit” Original signatures must be on each form. Please indicate on the form what you are applying for.
Two (2) “Consent for Mental Health Records Search” form indicating the applicants’ current address. One (1) additional for must be submitted for each address the applicant has lived at for the last 10 years if outside of Essex County. For example: if in addition to Fairfield (Essex County) you lived in Wayne (Passaic County) and East Hanover (Morris County) during the past 10 years, you will need one form per county. Original signatures must be on each form.
The following forms may also be required depending on the type of application. They are not available on line and must be picked up in person by the applicant at police headquarters:
One (1) Fairfield Police Department “Waiver and Authorization for Release of Information” form.
One (1) “MorphoTrak” fingerprinting form. (You must be fingerprinted as part of the application process unless you have been fingerprinted for firearms purposes as a resident of Fairfield within the previous two years). You must bring the “MorphoTrak” form to your fingerprint appointment.
One (1) “SBI212A Request for Criminal History Record Information for a Non-Criminal Justice Purpose.” (This form is for applicants who have been fingerprinted as a resident of Fairfield within the previous two years as described above).
All of the completed forms must be returned in person by the applicant to Police Headquarters.
The following fees for the application process are set by the State of New Jersey and are in effect as of January 1, 2012:
Initial FID Card- $5.00 (cash only exact change required). There is no charge for a duplicate card or change of address.
Purchase Permit for a Handgun- $2.00 per permit (cash only exact change required).
SBI212A- $18.00 money order made out to the New Jersey State Police SBI Unit.
Fees for fingerprinting services are set by the vendor providing the service and are not determined or collected by the Fairfield Police Department.
Please contact the Fairfield Police Investigative Division if you have any questions at 973-227-9120. Falsification of information during the application process is a violation of criminal law.
PLEASE READ: Due to the extremely high number of application requests, the reduced number of Investigators and delays from other agencies who are responsible for completing searches for required documents, there are much longer waiting periods than normal. Currently there is approximately a four (4) month wait for applications to be completed. The Fairfield Police Department will do its best to complete applications as quickly as possible, but applications may not be accepted after March 1, 2013 until the backlog is reduced.
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