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The NJ Firearms application process is now an automated process known as Firearms Application Reporting System (FARS). Applicants access has been placed online to streamline the process and to keep applicants informed of the progress of the application. This new system is designed to decrease your wait time for permits and ID Cards.

The online application is applicant user driven, so please ensure that you have entered the accurate information, phone numbers for yourself and references also include the most up to date email addresses for yourself and references.




Be sure to read all instructions before beginning the process.


Step 1:  To start the process of the Firearms Application, click the link below

Step 2:  When you log on, you must enter the Bloomingdale Police Department’s ORI #: NJ0160100

Please ensure that the agency ORI number is correct 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 then have to re-apply using the correct ORI number and pay for the process again. A refund cannot be issued.


Step 3:  Complete the online application. You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desk computer. When completing the application, you will need the email addresses of two (2) reputable references.  Your references can be family members. Your references can complete the questionnaire using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. The new system called F.A.R.S. will email to the listed references a series of questions that need to be answered accurately and truthfully for the application to be considered valid. Please advise your listed references to complete the questions as soon as possible to make sure your background investigation starts in a timely fashion.


Step 4:  Print out your application AND confirmation page that was emailed to you and bring to the police department with a CHECK or MONEY ORDER for payment reflected on your application.  Checks and Money Orders shall be made out to Bloomingdale Police Department, NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Your application will not be processed until we have received payment and confirmation page.  A non-refundable payment is required to be made prior to the completion of the background as per NJAC 13:54-1.4.


The fee schedule is as follows:

  • Initial NJ Firearm ID (F.I.D.) Card $50.00

  • NJ Permits to Purchase a Handgun - $25.00 per permit.                                                                         

  • Replacement NJ Firearm (F.I.D.) Card Replacements – no charge




FID Cards:  All applicants using this new system will continuously receive automated updates via email throughout the entire new process.  The physical identification card must be obtained at the Bloomingdale Police Department.  Keep in mind that if you’re applying for the Initial FID Card, you must print out the fingerprint form and make an appointment with IdentoGo to have your fingerprints taken.  Once you have been fingerprinted, please bring or email (see email contacts below) your form and receipt to the Police Department Firearms Investigation Unit.  Once your application has been processed and approved, you will be contacted via phone to pick up your finished Firearms ID card (F.I.D.).  When responding to the police department to pick up your FID Card, be sure to have proof of identity (Picture I.D. with Name and Date of Birth).  Under no circumstances is the applicant to come to the Bloomingdale Police Department until you are notified via phone that your FID Card is ready for pickup.


Pistole Permits:  For applicants submitting online from October 01, 2020 onwards, the paper permits will no longer be available.  They are being replaced by electronic permits.  An e-Permit becomes active from the date of approval of the S.T.S.033 application.  An e-Permit is initially active for 90 days, and can be renewed once for another 90-day period.  For an application with an e-Permit, applicants can go to the licensed firearms dealership along with the information in the approval email to purchase a handgun.  No paper permit will be issued by the issuing police department for these applications.


If applicants have any further questions, please feel free to Email one of the following members of the Firearms Investigation Unit:




Lieutenant David Terpstra:

Sergeant Steven Smith:

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