Firearms Applications

Firearm Purchases

All firearm applications for residents of Little Falls are handled through the Little Falls Police Department Records Bureau. If you need guidance with the application process or have questions, please call 973-890-4510.

In order for you to obtain a firearm, you must meet requirements and comply with the statutes which govern firearms purchases in the State of New Jersey. Additional firearms information can be found at the New Jersey State Police website (

Firearms Application Process and Requirements

The process begins with making an application for a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card. You are required to submit to a background investigation by both state and federal agencies, supply contact information for personal references, be fingerprinted, and consent to a mental health records search.

There are two types of purchase documents in New Jersey – the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and the Permit to Purchase a Handgun.

Applicants should anticipate the process taking approximately thirty days from the date of the receipt of your application. Incomplete or missing information may delay the process, as will the failure of your references to respond in a timely manner.


Step 1. Visit the FARS website at:

Step 2. Enter Little Falls’ ORI number (NJ0160500). **You WILL NOT be able to complete the FARS online application without our ORI number. If you enter the incorrect ORI number, we cannot correct this error and you will have to reapply.

Step 3. Complete the online application. When completing the application, you will need an active e-mail address for yourself as will your 2 reputable references (who can be family members). Please fully proofread the entered information at the “Review Screen” portion of your application. Please print out the confirmation pages after your application is electronically submitted.

Step 4. You will be contacted by the Firearms background investigator to submit documentation for proof of address and citizenship, please check your email for the request.

Step 5. You must appear at the Little Falls Police Department to pay for your initial Firearms Identification Card (FID Card) and/or Handgun Purchase Permits. *This payment can be paid by check or money order made out to The Township of Little Falls and is non-refundable. The background investigation will not begin until payment is made.

Step 6. You will receive an automated e-mail when your application is approved. Once the application is electronically approved, you will receive a link to access and print your ID card. Handgun permits will be accessed by the dealer you are making the purchase from.

Firearms Purchasers ID Card: $50.00

Handgun Purchase Permit: $25.00 ea.

Important Notes

  • If you are applying for an initial Firearm Purchasers ID Card, you will need to be fingerprinted. After your application is submitted on the FARS system, you will be asked to print out a “New Jersey Universal Fingerprint Form” which will already have your information filled out. Please follow the instructions provided on the form.
  • If you already possess a Firearms Purchasers Identification Card, you will be asked to pay for a Criminal History Record check during the online application process. To complete the Criminal History Records check you will be required to supply your personal information as well as your SBI/FID number. This number can be found on the front of your Firearms Purchasers Identification Card.
  • Your references will be sent an email from the FARS system with the reference questionnaire. Please advise the references that will be receiving an email with the questionnaire. *If a mistake was made on the reference contact information, please let the Firearms background investigator know when they reach out for documentation.

Carry Permit Instructions:

**Carry Permit Applications are now being processed online and will no longer be accepted in person. Please click the link below to begin the application process and be sure to FULLY PROOFREAD before submitting the application.

For any questions, please contact Felicia at 973-890-4510 or

Application Link: Concealed Carry Permits (