Purchaser ID Card & Handgun Purchase Permit
If you are obtaining a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and / or Handgun Purchase Permit for the first time, you must submit the following:
Form STS-33 in Duplicate
This is the dual application form for the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and the Permit to Purchase a Handgun. This extensive questionnaire-type form is where you will provide the names and addresses of two reputable persons with whom you are presently acquainted but not related to.
If you plan to purchase a handgun, you must also enter the number of permits for which you are applying. Pistol permits are initially valid for ninety days and may be renewed for an additional ninety days.
Form SP-66 in Duplicate
This is the Consent for Mental Health Records Search which allows authorities to look into whether you were ever institutionalized.
$5 Fee for the Firearms Id Card
This is payable to the Township of Livingston and may be either a check or money order. This is a one-time fee because the ID card is good for as long as you remain eligible to own a firearm in the State of New Jersey.
$2 for Each Handgun Permit
You will need one permit for each handgun you wish to purchase. This is payable to the Township of Livingston by check or money order.
Appointment for Fingerprints
All first-time applicants must be fingerprinted. The fingerprint process will be completed by IndentoGo (Morpho Trust). This information and appointment form will be provided upon the submission of your properly-completed firearms application.
Permit to Carry a Handgun
A permit to carry is required for any handgun—concealed or not—and it must be renewed every 2 years. Only one permit needs to be obtained for all such handguns.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and Permit to Purchase a Handgun, you must also:
- Have a “justifiable need to carry a handgun”
- Include endorsements from three individuals attesting to your good moral character and ability to exercise self-control
- Provide a description and serial number for every handgun you intend to carry
- Supply proof of your familiarity with handguns
Issuance of this permit is almost completely discretionary and New Jersey has a policy of strictly limiting permits to “persons specifically employed in security work…and to others who can establish an urgent necessity for carrying guns for self-protection.”
You must complete a State of New Jersey Application for Permit to Carry a Handgun (form SP-642) in triplicate. All references must know the applicant for a minimum of three years prior to the date of the application.