Firearms Applications & Instructions

Firearms Registration and Application System (FARS)

  1. Log on to NJ Portal (FARS)
  2. The Long Branch Police Department's ORI# is NJ0132500, Service Code - 2F164B
  3. Complete the online application. You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop or desktop computer. When completing the application you will need the email addresses of two reputable references. Your references can be family members.
  4. You must appear at Long Branch Police Department Records Bureau to pay for your initial Firearms Identification Card (FID Card) and/or Pistol Purchases Permits. Your application will not be processed until you have paid for the FID Card/Pistol Permits. Non-refundable payment is required to be made prior to the completion of the background as per NJSC 13:54.1.4.
    • You will be receiving automated email updates throughout the process.
    • Once your application is complete, a department representative will contact you to retrieve your FID card and/or Pistol Purchase Permit documents
    • Please advise your references that the FARS system will email them the reference questions to be answered. Your references can complete the questions using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop or desktop computer. Please, advise them to complete the questions immediately.
    • The online application is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers for yourself and references as well the best email addresses for you and your references.

For questions, please contact our Records Department at 732-222-1000, ext. 1800, or email your firearms questions.

Permit to Carry (PTC)

Applying for a Permit to Carry a Handgun

Log on to NJ Portal (Concealed Carry Permits)

You will need:

  • The Long Branch Police Department's ORI# is NJ0132500, Service Code - 2F164B
  • SBI Number
  • Upload of recent photograph (on a light background including head and shoulders)
  • One (1) training record completed within the past two (2) years, instructor name, and qualification date
  • Personal Information: including Social Security Number and Driver's License Number
  • Background Information
  • For Armored Car Applicants: Uploaded Employment Letter
  • Contact Information for four (4) non-family related references
  • Information on handguns to be carried
  • $200 Application Fee ($50 to NJSP to be completed online & $150 to The City of Long Branch by cash, check, money order, or credit card IN PERSON.)

Civilian Carry Assessment and Range Evaluation (CCARE)

All certified firearms instructors in NJ shall now instruct on the CCARE protocol.

As for individuals who completed firearms training prior to July 1, 2023, and whose permit to carry does not expire until after December 22, 2023, they must requalify on the CCARE protocol or the HQC2-modified protocol issued on July 21, 2023. An individual who completed a course of fire prior to the issuance of the CCARE Protocol is deemed to have satisfied N.J.S.A. 2C:58-4(g)(2) if and only if the prior course included each of the following:

  • A minimum of 50 scored rounds per participant.
  • Minimum passing score of 80% using an FBI type Q target.
  • At least 10 rounds must be from the 15, 10, 7, 5 and 3 yard lines each, or if fewer rounds were fired from those distances, the remaining rounds must have been fired from greater distances.
  • The participant must demonstrate safe holstering and unholstering during the shooting course, which must include safely drawing the weapon from a secured holster before firing at each of the required distances and reholstering after completing the round.
  • The participant must demonstrate proficient and safe reloading during the shooting course.

No substantially similar courses completed after the CCARE Protocol is issued will be accepted.

Retired Law Enforcement Officer Program (RPO)

For complete instructions (initial/renewal) and application paperwork visit the NJ State Police website.