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    Firearms Application and Registration System (FARS)

    The Linwood Police Department Firearms Investigation Unit assists residents with the application, processing, and registration of firearms. Questions regarding the FARS process may be directed to the Firearms Investigation Unit, Officer Donald Auge at 609-926-7981 or via email at 

    The State of New Jersey has adopted an electronic firearms application process. Follow the instructions below for the FARS application. Please note, for those with no internet access, paper applications may be submitted to the Linwood Police Department. A paper application can be obtained at the Linwood Police Department or downloaded from (The option to submit paper applications is subject to change without notice.)

    FARS Application Procedures

    Step 1: Visit the following website using a smartphone, mobile device, or computer.

    Step 2: If you are a resident of Linwood and it is your intent to submit your application to the Linwood Police Department, you must enter the Linwood Police Department’s Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) # exactly as shown:
    If the application is submitted with an incorrect ORI #, the ORI# on the application cannot be changed. A new application must be submitted.

    Step 3: Complete the online application and print the confirmation page. This page contains information needed for subsequent steps.
    If you are applying for an Initial Firearms Identification Card, after completing the FARS application, you will be required to make an appointment for your fingerprints to be processed. Instructions will be provided on the confirmation page. You have 90 days from the date of application to have your fingerprints processed. Failure to do so will result in your application being automatically deleted from the FARS system and it will be necessary to reapply.
    Please note the following regarding Handgun Purchase Permits:

    1. ONE (1) Permit is required for each handgun you wish to purchase (each permit is $2).
    2. Per state law, you can only purchase one (1) handgun in a 30-day period.
    3. Permits expire after 90 days.
    4. If you want to purchase additional handguns after all issued permits have been used, or if the permit(s) have expired, you must apply for additional permits.
    5. If you apply for only a Firearms Identification Card but later decide you also want a Handgun Purchase Permit, a new application must be submitted.

    Step 4: You must submit payment for your Firearms Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit(s) to the Linwood Police Department. Accepted forms of payment are cash, check or money order only. Sorry, NO CREDIT CARDS.
    The fee for the initial Firearms Identification (FID) Card is $5.00. The fee for each Handgun Purchase Permit is $2.

    Important Information:

    • You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this process.
    • Notification of approval does not mean that your permits are immediately ready for pick up. You will receive a separate email notifying you that your FID card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit(s) are completed and available. If you do not receive this notification and you attempt to retrieve your document(s), you will be asked to return at a future date.
    • Completed FID cards and/or Handgun Purchase Permits may be picked up at the Linwood Police Department anytime at your earliest convenience after you have been notified.
    • Please advise your references that the FARS system will email a questionnaire regarding your application. Advise your references to check their email system to ensure the email was not discarded as “spam.”
    • Your references must complete the questionnaire online. Advise them to complete the questions immediately so that your application will progress in a timely manner. A delay in a reference’s response will result in a delay in the application process.
    • Provide the best email addresses and telephone numbers for both your references and yourself.
    • The New Jersey State Police website provides information on New Jersey firearms laws, transportation of firearms, and frequently asked questions. The site can be found by following this link: