Chester Township
1 Parker Road
Chester, New Jersey 07930

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Instructions For Firearms Applicants

The Chester Police Department no longer distributes paperwork related to firearms applications. The State of New Jersey has developed an on-line portal for processing all firearms applications. Applicants should submit their applications via the Firearms Application and Registration System (F.A.R.S.) by clicking the link below.

The Chester Police Department ORI to be used by Chester residents ONLY is: NJ0140700

The applicant MUST enter their “Official Name.” They cannot utilize simplified versions of their names such as ”Joe” for Joseph. Please ensure that correct cell phone numbers and Email addresses are provided so that we may contact you for any missing information and for pick-up.

Any errors in the information entered may result in a delay in your background investigation and issuance of your Firearms ID Card and/or Permit to Purchase a Handgun.

 If you have resided outside of NJ within the last 10 years, you must also complete a Consent for Mental Health Records Search [sp-66] Form.  Once completed, this form must be forwarded to the Records Bureau by e-mail (, regular mail (Chester Police Department, Attn Records Bureau, 1 Parker Road, Chester NJ 07930) or dropped off in person at police headquarters.

After submitting the application online, please visit the Chester Police Department with a copy of your ID & payment.

Once processing for the permit is completed, you will be notified via E-Mail as to whether your application was approved or denied.  If the permit(s) were approved, you will receive a phone call when they are ready to be picked up at Chester Police Headquarters.

The fee for a new Firearms ID card is $5.00 and each Firearms Permit is $2.00.

If there are any additional questions or concerns regarding this process, please contact Lt. Ron Totams at the Chester Police Department at 908-879-5514 Ext. 852 or by email at

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here: