Information on the Firearms Application & Registration System (FARS) during the COVID-19 response.

Posted on March 20, 2020

All FARS applications will be processed with an expected delay due to the COVID-
19 response and recovery. FARS will continue to accept new applications, however it
is expected that the background investigations and processing times will be
significantly delayed. It is important to note that initial applications will be
indefinitely delayed due to the closure of the States contracted fingerprint vendor
sites. This portion of the background process will continue as soon as non-essential
businesses are allowed to reopen.

The process of delivering the Firearms Purchaser Identification Cards and/or Handgun
Purchase Permits may be modified (i.e. mailing permits, pickup from a drop box,
etc…) and will be handled on a case by case basis.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System used by firearms dealers is
currently suspended. Handgun Purchase Permits are valid for 90 days and can be
extended for an additional 90 days for a total validity period of 180 days. It is possible
that Handgun Purchase Permits may expire prior to the end of the COVID-19
response. Handgun Purchase Permits will not be extended past the 180 days from the
date of issuance. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for transactions
initiated before Executive Order #107 became effective. The NJSP Firearms Unit and
the respective retail firearms dealer will handle those exceptions.

We are providing this information so applicants can make an informed decision
on submitting an application in FARS at this time.

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