Chester Township
1 Parker Road
Chester, New Jersey 07930
908-879-5100

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Firearms documents can be submitted to the Chester Township Police Department, 24 hours a day.  However, in the interest of speed and accuracy of the process, it is optional that every effort be made to submit firearms applications, at Police Headquarters, between the Administration hours of 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.  Please be certain to include your cell phone number and e-mail address, to insure we can contact you if necessary.


Instructions For Firearms Applicants

In order to expedite your firearms application processing, Chester Township Police Department asks that you follow the instructions outlined below. All the forms and the instruction sheet required for the application process are available here. The forms will require Adobe Acrobat to view and can be filled out and printed online, but cannot be saved with completed information.


Application for Firearms Purchaser I.D. Card

1) Applicants must be residents of Chester Township.

2) Complete and submit the Firearms Purchaser I.D. Card Application. Application must be legible.  It is preferred that applications are typed online and printed out. Check the appropriate box at top of application. Complete the application in its entirety. Answer all questions fully and also provide accurate e-mail addresses for each reference. If an e-mail address is not available provide a complete mailing address with zip codes for each reference. Do not use a relative as a reference.

3) Submit $5.00, in a check made payable to “Chester Township” or cash.

4) Complete and submit the Consent for Mental Health Records Search Form (see forms below).

5) Fingerprinting – Applicants must pick up an IDdentoGo Fingerprint Application Form (Form No. IDG_NJAPP_110113) at police headquarters and be assigned a Case Number prior to scheduling an appointment for fingerprints with MorphoTrust www.bioapplicant.com/nj  (Please return IDentoGo Form to the Chester Township Police Department after being fingerprinting at MorphoTrust.  Keep a copy for your records.).

6) Application for a “Permit to Purchase a Handgun” (see below for fees) and “Application for Duplicate Firearms Identification Card” may be made using the same application.

7) Then bring forms and proper payment to police headquarters for review and submission.


Application for Permit to Purchase Handgun 

  1. Complete and submit the Permit to Purchase a Handgun application (see forms below), and Consent for Mental Health Records Search Form (see forms below). Check the appropriate box for a ‘Permit to Purchase a Handgun’ at the top of the application.  Enter the number of permits to purchase a handgun requested in the upper right portion of the application.
  2. For each handgun permit requested, submit $2.00 in a check made payable to “Chester Township” or cash.
  3. Complete and sign and submit a “Request for Criminal History Record Information for a Noncriminal Purpose” NJ State Police yellow form SBI 212A.

Log on to: https://www.njportal.com/njsp/criminalrecords/

Then click on the ON LINE FORM 212A, a highlighted block located on the lower left side of the page. Enter the nine digit Originating Agency Identification Number (ORI): NJ0140700

The applicant will follow the prompts for demographic and payment information. There is a $20.00 fee for the submission. Upon completion of the form the applicant will receive an email Confirmation & Receipt that will include a confirmation number. At this time the request will be forwarded to the Police Department’s work queue for approval and submission to the NJ State Police for processing. The applicant can find more detailed information by clicking on the Help Tab, located on the right side of the page.

  1. Complete and submit Consent for Mental Health Records Search.
  1. Then bring the forms and proper payment to police headquarters for review and submission.
  1. If you are also applying for a Firearms Purchaser I.D. Card, follow Steps 1 through 5 under Application for Firearms ID. Card, above.

A Firearms Purchaser Identification Card is not required to apply for a Permit to Purchase a Handgun.  If you intend to obtain a Handgun Permit, apply for it now.  This will save time during the application process.


Application for Duplicate I.D. Card (because of change of address, lost or stolen card, etc.)

1) Complete and submit the Application for a Duplicate Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (see forms below).

  1. If you possess the old Firearms Purchaser I.D. Card, submit the card with the application.
  2. Complete and sign and submit a “Request for Criminal History Record Information for a Noncriminal Purpose” NJ State Police yellow form SBI 212A.

Log on to: https://www.njportal.com/njsp/criminalrecords/

Then click on the ON LINE FORM 212A, a highlighted block located on the lower left side of the page. Enter the nine digit Originating Agency Identification Number (ORI): NJ0140700

The applicant will follow the prompts for demographic and payment information. There is a $20.00 fee for the submission. Upon completion of the form the applicant will receive an email Confirmation & Receipt that will include a confirmation number. At this time the request will be forwarded to the Police Department’s work queue for approval and submission to the NJ State Police for processing. The applicant can find more detailed information by clicking on the Help Tab, located on the right side of the page.

  1. Complete and submit “Consent for Mental Health Records Search.”
  2. Then bring the unsigned forms and proper payment to police headquarters for review and submission.

After the processing for the permit is completed, we will notify you whether your application was approved or denied.  If the permit(s) were approved, you may pick your Firearms I.D. Card or Permit(s) at Chester Township Police Headquarters. Any questions please contact Lt. Noonan at 908-879-5514, Ext. 839 or by email at enoonan@ctpdnj.org.

If you wish to transfer a shotgun, rifle, black powder weapon or a BB gun, please use the Firearm Transfer Form – Certificate of Eligibility (see forms below) to register the transaction.

 **Please note:  When you click on a form (PDF) below it will open in a new window.  Please download the PDF before attempting to fill out any information in the form.**  


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