Firearms ID Cards/Permits
In order to obtain a firearm, you must meet eligibility requirements and comply with the statutes which govern firearms purchases in the State of New Jersey.
Timing & Allowance
Applications are handled ONLINE. This new system has been mandated by the Governor's Office to expedite the process and provide accountability for the length of time an application may take to process. The online application is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers and best email addresses for yourself and your references.
The State of New Jersey has amended its legislation and only 1 handgun may be purchased every thirty (30) days unless an exemption is obtained. See P.L. ,2009 Chapters 104, 168 and 186
Firearms Purchaser Identification Card - Applicant must be 18 Years Old
Application for Pistol Purchase Permit - Applicant must be 21 Years Old
Please Read Prior to Submitting Your Application(s)
The Mahwah Police Department Firearms Identification Unit assists residents with the application, processing, and registration of firearms. The Firearms Identification Unit may be reached at 201-529-2011 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The firearms application process is now ELECTRONIC. Please follow the below instructions for the Firearms Reporting System (FARS) online application.
Online Application Procedures for Applicants
Visit the application website by clicking the button below:
When you log on, you must enter the following Mahwah Police Department ORI #: NJ0023300
Complete the online application. You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
When deciding how many permits you would like to get, remember:
ONE Permit is required for each handgun you wish to purchase (each permit is $2)
You can purchase 1 handgun in a 30 day period
Permits are good for up to 180 days (with renewal after 90 days)
If you decide you want another handgun permit and you didn’t get more than one initially, you will need to apply again.
You will need to submit payment at the Police department for your permits and, if applicable, the Firearms ID card.
Permits to Purchase handguns are $2.00 for each permit, and $5.00 for the ID card. Checks made payable to “Twp. of Mahwah”. NO CASH for permits.
You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this new process.
Once your application is complete, a station representative will contact you to retrieve your FID card and/or pistol purchase permit documents.
Please advise your references that the FARS system will email them the reference questions to be answered. Your references can complete the questions using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. Please advise them to complete the questions immediately to progress your background investigation.
This new system has been mandated by the Governor's Office to expedite the process and provide accountability for the length of time an application may take to process. Paper applications are still available by clicking the link below. However, applicants are urged to utilize the electronic FARS system using the steps above.