Firearms Application Procedures

You must be 18 to apply for a Firearms ID Card and 21 to obtain handgun permits.

All Firearms Applications are now being processed electronically via an online application through the New Jersey State Police Firearms Application and Registration System (FARS). This includes anyone obtaining a Firearms ID (FID) for the first time, Duplicate FID Cards, Change of Address, and anyone applying for Handgun Purchase Permit. All Woolwich, Swedesboro, and South Harrison residents are to utilize the FARS website listed below to process their applications. “Permits to Carry” are not able to be applied for utilizing the new system. The paper application still applies to Permits to Carry.

The FARS website can be accessed through the below link:

You will also need to enter the Woolwich Township Police Department’s

ORI Number: NJ0082400

You will also need to enter the following personal information:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Drivers License Number
  • State Bureau of Investigation Number (SBI #) (if applicable – returning firearms applicants)
  • Valid phone numbers and email address for you
  • Names, phone numbers, and valid email address of 2 personal references

After the final submission, print both the confirmation page and application at the end of the process. This is for quick reference in the event of any issues.

If approved, you will receive an email from the NJ State Police indicating the status of your application. This does not mean that your Firearm's ID Card and/or Permits are availble for pickup.

You will be contacted by the Woolwich Township Police Department to arrange making payment for your initial Firearms ID card (FID), and/or Pistol Purchase Permit(s). Your Firearm's ID Card and/or Permits wil not be issued until payment has been made.

We now accept online payments, through the Woolwich Township Payment Portal.

If you should have any questions or concerns, you can call the Woolwich Township Police Department at 856-467-1667 or email Police Clerk Nicole Duignan at