Firearms Identification Cards and Handgun Purchase Permit Applications
The Morris Plains Police Department Firearms Identification Unit assists residents with the application, processing, and registration of firearms. The Firearms Identification Unit Supervisor, Detective Sergeant Rapp, may be reached at 973-538-4210 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also providing assistance to the firearms processing in the Police Records Unit is Mary Moore. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The firearms application process is now electronic. Please follow the below instructions for the Firearms Reporting System.
FARS Application Procedures for Applicants
Before completing these steps, please be sure you are a Morris Plains Resident, as we can only accept applications from Borough Residents. If you are unsure, Please click on the Street Directory or Map Links.
Map of Morris Plains MP Street Directory
The Morris Plains Police will ONLY accept online applications for new and replacement Firearms Identification Cards as well as permits to purchase a handgun. Walk-in paper applications will no longer be accepted at the police department. This is because the State has implemented a new electronic purchase e-permit document that can be executed by Licensed Gun Dealers or private transfers where a NICS check is exempt. You can apply online by clicking here
We strongly encourage you to visit this frequently asked questions page BEFORE calling the police department.
The first thing the online form asks for is our ORI number. The ORI Number for the Morris Plains Police Department is: NJ0142300.
When you enter this number, verify that the agency name is correct, Morris Plains PD. If you submit an application to the wrong agency, you will not be issued a refund by the State of New Jersey and will have to resubmit your application and pay again. This online application is managed by the New Jersey State Police, not the Morris Plains Police Department. However, our detectives conduct the background investigation and issue the documents. cation to the wrong agency you will not be issued a refund by the State of New Jersey and will have to resubmit your application and pay again. This online application is managed by the New Jersey State Police, not the Morris Plains Police Department. However, our detectives conduct the background investigation and issue the documents. If you submit an application to the wrong agency, you will not be issued a refund by the State of New Jersey and will have to resubmit your application and pay again. This online application is managed by the New Jersey State Police, not the Morris Plains Police Department. However, our detectives conduct the background investigation and issue the documents. If you submit an application to the wrong agency, you will not be issued a refund by the State of New Jersey and will have to resubmit your application and pay again. This online application is managed by the New Jersey State Police, not the Morris Plains Police Department. However, our detectives conduct the background investigation and issue the documents.
If you have any firearms related questions, please contact the New Jersey State Police Firearms Unit.
The New Jersey State Police website provides information on New Jersey firearms laws, transportation of firearms, and frequently asked questions.
The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provides additional information on Federal firearms and explosive laws. Click on the image above for more information.
First, please download the instructional sheet here Permit to Carry a Handgun Information Sheet
Please note that you CANNOT apply for a permit to carry a handgun electronically, you MUST compete the paper application and submit it to your local law enforcement agency. The application can be downloaded from the New Jersey State Police website HERE.
You must apply in person and meet with Det./Sgt. Bruce Rapp to turn over your application and relevant documents. Do not call the police department with questions until you download and read the instruction sheet and complete application from the above links and call 973-538-4210 to schedule your appointment.
Please download Permit to Carry a Handgun Information Sheet for information on where you cannot carry your handgun once you receive your Permit to Carry.
Please note: N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4(b) states "[e]ach applicant shall demonstrate a thorough familiarity with the safe handling and use of handguns by indicating in the space provided therefore on the application form, and on any sworn attachments thereto, any relevant information. Thorough familiarity with the safe handling and use of handguns may be evidenced by:
As more information becomes available to us through the New Jersey Attorney General, the New Jersey State Police, and the Morris County Prosecutor's Office we will update this page.
I've submitted my application, what happens next?
If you never had a firearms ID card you need to print out the fingerprint form and schedule an appointment at Identogo for your fingerprints to be taken. You DO NOT need to call us to tell it has been completed, nor do you have to drop off your receipt. The New Jersey State Police and FBI electronically notify us that your fingerprints have been checked. If you have a FID card, we wait until the NJSP completes your criminal history check and will notify you when everything is complete. Depending on current application volume it could be as quick a s 2 weeks or can take longer.
How long will my application take to process?
This depends on you. The longer you wait to get your fingerprints taken, the longer the process takes. Also, remind your references to complete the reference email. If they don't complete it, we cannot finalize your application.
I entered incorrect information, how do I change it?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the needed changes.
I entered the wrong ORI, how do I change this?
Unfortunately, once you finalized it and submitted the info to the wrong ORI there is no way to refund your money or transfer the application. The system is maintained by the NJSP and any concerns about this should be directed to their firearms unit. Double and Triple Check the ORI: if you pay your real estate taxes to the Borough of Morris Plains, our ORI is NJ0142300. If you pay somewhere else you need to obtain the correct ORI.
How do I get an extension for my paper Handgun Purchase Permit?
Paper permits issued prior to applications received before October 1, 2020 are valid for an initial 90 days. If you need an extension you need to drop off a letter addressed to the Chief of Police along with the permit explaining the need for the extension. The extension only grants another 90 days from the date of expiration, NOT the date the chief signs it.
I have been denied, what are my remedies?
You can appeal the Chief's decision by sending a letter to the Chief of Police AND the Morris County Assignment Judge's Chambers PO Box 910 Morristown, NJ 07963 requesting an appeal. You only have 30 days to file an appeal.
When can I pick up my Firearms ID card?
If you applied prior to April 1, 2021 you will receive an email from the FARS system AND a phone call from the Hanover Township Police when the document is ready. Typically, there is a detective available Monday thru Friday from 6:30 am until 10:00 pm. Applicants for firearms ID Cards AFTER April 1, 2021 will be able to download and print their Electronic Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (e-FID) from their e-mail. All applicants AFTER April 1, 2021 will only have to come to the Police Department to pay the appropriate fees. ($5.00 for initial cards and $2.00/ e-permit to purchase a handgun.)
I've heard about the new electronic permits. How do they work?
Applications received on or after October 1, 2020 are processed for electronic purchase permits. Firearms ID Cards are still physical and must be picked up in person. When Chief Roddy approves your electronic permit, the state system should email you to inform you that the permits are approved. You still need to come in to pay the statutory fee of $2.00 per permit.
What if my permit is set to expire after 90 days?
Your permit will automatically renew on the 90th day after it was authorized by the Chief. You only have a maximum of 180 days from the date it was approved to purchase a firearm. If you permit expires after 180 days it CANNOT be renewed and you MUST reapply through the NJSP FARS Portal. The only reason your permit will not renew would be if you were involved in an incident or arrested and execution of the permit would be contrary to any of the provisions in N.J.S.A. 2C:58-3
Governor Murphy recently signed a law requiring "training" to obtain my Firearms ID Card. What training do I need?
The Morris County Prosecutor's Office and New Jersey Attorney General's Office, along with the New Jersey State Police have stated: "At the present time, since the Superintendent has not yet approved or defined what would satisfy the new requirement of "Training" for the issuance of a firearms purchaser ID card and permit to purchase a handgun, the NJSP have advised that their position is to process FPICs and Permits to Purchase a Handgun as they did BEFORE the law changed. We have also been informed that the NJSP and Attorney General's Office are currently working on a program that will satisfy the new training requirement under the law passed on July 5th. Until we receive additional guidance, we shall follow the existing processes that were in effect prior to July 5th, 2022."
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