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Guidelines for Processing Firearms Applications

Please be advised the processing of all firearms applications could take up to THREE (3) MONTHS  and, on rare occasions, longer.  Every effort will be made to complete the application request within 30 days, however, delays may occur due to State/ Federal fingerprints and background checks.

Your application must be filled out completely and legibly including date of birth, weight, phone numbers, zip codes, etc. These are all very important in order to process your application efficiently. By not strictly adhering to the preceding instructions, you can and will delay the processing of your application.

If any of the part of the application is falsified, you will be subject to criminal charges.  Falsification of the firearms application is a crime of the third degree as provided in NJS 2C39-10c.

Reference Letters

Part of the application includes two Reference Letter forms which must be completed by two (2) reputable persons who are presently acquainted with the applicant, other than relatives. The persons completing the reference letter must know the applicant for a minimum of five (5) years.  These can be found in the applicant instructions below.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to furnish legible and correct reference letters for his/her references, including zip codes and current telephone numbers. In addition, it is also the responsibility of the applicant to include the completed reference letters with the application when turning in the completed application.  An Application submitted to this department which does not have completed reference letters will be considered incomplete, and will not be processed.

Fees are payable upon pickup of your Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit (s).  Fees are payable by cash only.

It is not necessary to call the Detective Bureau to check the status of your application. You will be contacted by telephone when your application has been completed and your paperwork is ready for pick up.

Firearms Purchaser Identification Card - Applicant must be 18 Years Old
Application for Pistol Purchase Permit - Applicant must be 21 Years Old

First Time Applicants Instructions

A First Time Applicant is someone who has not been fingerprinted for the purposes of obtaining a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit.  Those who have never applied and never been fingerprinted for a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit should follow these directions:

 Application must include:

  1. Completed application for Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit  (Form STS-33)
    a.  You may apply for a Firearms ID card at the same time you are applying for your Handgun Purchase Permit(s).              

  2. Completed Part One of the Mental Health Consent form (Form S.P. 66)
    a. Do not sign the applications or the mental health form. These forms must be signed in the presence of an Officer/ Dispatcher when submitting the application.

  3. Two (2) Reference Letters. (Reference Letter)
    a. Reference Letters must be completed in full by your selected reference, including a contact phone number.  The completed reference letters must be submitted with your completed application.  Failure to do so will delay the processing of your application.

  4. Your Drivers License, along with one other form of identification, available at the time your application is submitted.

  5. Fingerprinting is conducted with IdentoGo by MorphoTrust USA. The required form will be given to you by a dispatcher when you submit your completed application.  IdentiGo directions and fees are located on this form.  Your application must be submitted at the Dispatch Desk of police headquarters to receive the IdentoGo- New Jersey Universal Fingerprint Form.

  6. Fees - Cash payment of $5.00 for processing of Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (excluding duplicate cards); Cash payment of $2.00 per Handgun Purchase Permit for processing.  Fees are payable upon pickup of your issued Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit(s).

Returning Applicants

A Returning  Applicant is someone who has been fingerprinted for the purposes of obtaining a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit and has a State Bureau of Identification (SBI) Number.  Those who have applied in the past and have been issued a SBI # for a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit should follow these directions:

 Change of Address/Lost or Stolen/Mutilated/
Change of Sex Handgun Purchasers Permit Only

Application Must Include

  1. Completed application for Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit    (Form STS-33)
    a. You may apply for a Duplicate Firearms ID card at the same time you are applying for your Handgun Purchase Permit(s).

  2. Completed Mental Health Consent form (Form S.P. 66)
    a. Do not sign the applications or the mental health form. These forms must be signed in the presence of an Officer/Dispatcher when submitting the application.

  3. Two (2) Reference Letters. (Reference Letter)
    a. Reference Letters must be completed in full by your selected reference, including a contact        phone number.  The completed reference letters must be returned with your completed application.  Failure to do so will delay the processing of your application.

  4. A copy of the “Criminal History Request” confirmation receipt with your application. (see #6 below).

  5. Your Driver’s License, along with one other form of identification, available at the time the application is submitted.  Your old Firearms ID card counts as a second form of I.D. - in cases of application for Duplicate Firearms Purchaser Identification Card for change of address/mutilated/change of sex- your old card should be submitted with your application.

  6. If you have an S.B.I # and you are changing information on your Firearms ID card or applying for a Handgun Purchase Permit and you live in Ringwood:
    No fingerprints are necessary; please follow the directions under the “Criminal History Request” section below to complete your request.

Criminal History Record Request

  1. All applicants must submit a Criminal History request through the NJ State Police.
    If you have a current NJ State Firearms ID card please continue with these instructions.
    (If you are a first time applicant- please follow the directions on the previous pages for First Time Applicants.)

  2. To submit a Criminal History request log on to: https://www.njportal.com/njsp/criminalrecords/

  3. Click online form 212A. When asked for ORI Information type NJ0161100 and click next.  Continue to follow the instructions on the appropriate screens.

  4. When prompted for background type, select NJS 2C:58-3. Firearms Licensing.

  5. Once selected, you will be asked to include your State Bureau of Identification number (SBI number), to verify that fingerprints are on file for a firearms ID card. If the SBI number is not available and the SBI is unable to find an SBI number, the request will be rejected.

  6. Once this is completed, the applicant must then check the agreement box and will have the opportunity to review and make changes before moving onto the payment screen.

  7. If all information is correct, the applicant will then check out. There is a $20.00 fee and payment must be made by credit card or electronic check. Once payment is verified, the applicant will receive an email Confirmation and Receipt that will include a confirmation number. Retain this original confirmation receipt for your records as proof of completing this process.  Attach a copy of the confirmation receipt with your application. The Criminal History request is automatically forwarded to the Ringwood Police Department.

Notes

  • The same application is used whether you are applying for a Handgun Purchase Permit, a Firearms ID Card, or making a change to your Firearms ID card. No matter what you are using the application to apply for, it must be completed in duplicate.

  • Do not sign the applications or the mental health form. These forms must be signed in the presence of an Officer/Dispatcher when submitting  the application.

  • All applications must contain your reference’s full name, address (including zip code) and correct phone number (do not use relatives as references). You are responsible for your references returning the completed reference letters to you. Applications cannot be processed without your two completed reference letters attached to your application.

  • Incomplete application forms will not be accepted.  If, by chance, an incomplete application is submitted, it will delay the processing of your application.

  • When receiving the New Jersey Universal Fingerprint Form, please ensure Box #7 is filled out by the Dispatcher before leaving headquarters.  This will be your Unique Identifier by IdentoGo by MorphoTrust USA.

  • For your convenience, applications can be accepted by any Officer/Dispatcher at headquarters – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Applicants will receive notification by phone, when the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit(s) are completed and ready to be picked up.                  

Thank you for your cooperation,

 

Ringwood Police Department

 

 

 

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Ringwood Police Department
60 Margaret King Ave
Ringwood, NJ 07456
(973) 962-7017

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(973) 962-1212

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