Firearms Application

New Online Application System

The Clinton Township Police Strongly Urges All Residents to Utilize the Online Application Process Through the FARS Website…

Instructions for obtaining a Firearms ID card or Permit to Purchase a Handgun

  1. Clinton Township Police Department’s ORI number is NJ0100600

    Please write this number down before
    clicking on the link to the online application
    .

  2. Complete your application on-line at https://njportal.com/NJSP/FARS   

 **If an incorrect ORI number is entered on the form, you will NOT receive a firearms ID card or a permit to purchase a handgun. You will then have to re-apply using the correct ORI number and pay for the process again. A refund will NOT be issued.

  • You may utilize either a smartphone, mobile device or computer to complete the process. Once your application is completed the Clinton Township Police Department will be notified and a background check will be conducted. 
  • Application fee: $21.00
  • Initial Firearms Identification Card: $5.00
  • Permit(s) to Purchase a Handgun: $2.00 for each permit
  • Change of Address, Change of Name, Lost or Stolen ID card: No Fee 
  • Either a personal check or money order (payable to: Clinton Township) is needed. Cash or Credit Card will NOT be accepted. Payments can be submitted at the time you pick up your Firearms ID card and/or Permits to Purchase Handgun

** A Firearms ID card does not expire though it must be replaced if you change your address, name or the ID card is lost/stolen or mutilated. Permit(s) to Purchase a Handgun are valid for 90 days from the date of issue. If necessary, a 90-day extension is available by physically submitting the permit(s) to police headquarters.

** You will be receiving automated email updates throughout the background process.

** Once your application is completed, a representative from the Clinton Township Police Department will contact you to retrieve either your Firearms ID card and/or Permits to Purchase Handguns.

** Please advise your references that the FARS system will email them the reference questions to be answered. Please advise them to complete the questions immediately to expedite your background application.

** Please ensure that both yourself and your references provide the correct information on the application. If a mistake is made, the application will no longer be able to be processed which you, the applicant, will have to resubmit the firearms application and again pay the required $21.00.

** If you have not been contacted by a representative from the Clinton Township Police Department then your application is still in progress. An applicant DOES NOT need to contact the police department for any updates. If there are any questions or concerns regarding an applicant’s application, a representative will contact the applicant.

Non-Online Application

The Clinton Township Police Strongly Urges All Residents to Utilize the Online Application Process Through the FARS Website, However, if a Resident Does Not Have Access to a Computer or the Internet, Please Contact Julia Yotcoski, 908-735-6000, ext. 227

Initial ID Card and/or Handgun Permits

  1. Fill out the following attached paperwork. (Click here for initial application paperwork)  The names of the references you put on your application need to get a copy of the reference letter included in the packet. They must complete the letter and forward same back to the police department (you may bring the completed letters with you when you bring back your paperwork).
  2. Once you have completed the application; mental health form; juvenile request form; and the fingerprint form you will bring the paperwork back to the police department. DO NOT sign any of the forms until you come to the police department.
  3. Once we have received your paperwork, we will give you a contributor case number so that you may make an appointment online to get fingerprinted. 
  4. Upon completion of all the background checks, we will call to advise you that your file is completed. The cost for an ID card is $5.00 and each permit will cost $2.00.

Duplicate ID Card Only/No Permits

  1. Fill out the following attached paperwork. (Click here for duplicate card paperwork)
  2. Return the completed paperwork to the police department. DO NOT sign any of the forms until you come to the police department.
  3. You will need to go online to get a background check (form included in packed).
  4. Upon completion of all the background checks, we will call to advise you that your file is completed. There is no cost for a duplicate card.

Duplicate ID Card and Permits or No ID Card but Permits

  1. Fill out the following attached paperwork. (Click here for permit paperwork)
  2. The names of the references you put on your application need to get a copy of the reference letter included in the packet. They must complete the letter and forward same back to the police department (you may bring the completed letters with you when you bring back your paperwork).
  3. You will need to go online to get a background check (form included in packed).
  4. Return the completed paperwork to the police department. DO NOT sign any of the forms until you come to the police department.
  5. Upon completion of all the background checks, we will call to advise you that your file is completed. There is no cost for a duplicate card and each permit will cost $2.00.

** The monetary amounts listed are through the State of New Jersey, not through the Township of Clinton. The payable amounts are all sent to the state and not directed by this department.

For questions, regarding Firearms, contact:
Julia Yotcoski
Firearms Secretary
(908) 735-6000 ext. 227
jyotcoski@ctpd.org