Hanover Township Police Department

Morris County, NJ

Firearms FAQ

I've submitted my application, what happens next? - If you never had a firearms ID card you need to print out the fingerprint form and schedule an appointment at Identogo for your fingerprints to be taken.  You DO NOT need to call us to tell it has been completed, nor do you have to drop off your receipt.  The New Jersey State Police and FBI electronically notify us that your fingerprints have been checked.  If you have a FID card, we wait until the NJSP completes your criminal history check and will notify you when everything is complete.  Depending on current application volume it could be as quick as 2 weeks or can take longer. 

How long will my application take to process?  This depends on you.  The longer you wait to get your fingerprints taken, the longer the process takes.  Also, remind your references to complete the reference email.  If they don't complete it, we cannot finalize your application.  .

I entered incorrect information, how do I change it?  Please email jschauder@hanoverpolice.com with the needed changes.

I entered the wrong ORI, how do I change this?  Unfortunately, once you finalized it and submitted the info to the wrong ORI there is no way to refund your money or transfer the application.  The system is maintained by the NJSP and any concerns about this should be directed to their firearms unit.  Double and Triple Check the ORI:  if you pay your real estate taxes to the Township of Hanover, our ORI is NJ0141200.  If you pay somewhere else you need to obtain the correct ORI.

How do I get an extension for my paper Handgun Purchase Permit?  Paper permits issued prior to applications received before October 1, 2020 are valid for an initial 90 days.  If you need an extension you need to drop off a letter addressed to the Chief of Police along with the permit explaining the need for the extension.  The extension only grants another 90 days from the date of expiration, NOT the date the chief signs it.  

I have been denied, what are my remedies?  You can appeal the Chief's decision by sending a letter to the Chief of Police AND the Morris County Assignment Judge's Chambers PO Box 910 Morristown, NJ 07963 requesting an appeal. You only have 30 days to file an appeal.

When can I pick up my Firearms ID card?  If you applied prior to April 1, 2021 you will receive an email from the FARS system AND a phone call from the Hanover Township Police when the document is ready.  Typically, there is a detective available Monday thru Friday from 6:30 am until 10:00 pm. Applicants for firearms ID Cards AFTER April 1, 2021 will be able to download and print their Electronic Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (e-FID) from their e-mail.  All applicants AFTER April 1, 2021 will only have to come to the Police Department to pay the appropriate fees.  ($5.00 for initial cards and $2.00/ e-permit to purchase a handgun.)

I've heard about the new electronic permits.  How do they work?  Applications received on or after October 1, 2020 are processed for electronic purchase permits.  Firearms ID Cards are still physical and must be picked up in person. When Chief Roddy approves your electronic permit, the state system should email you to inform you that the permits are approved.  You still need to come in to pay the statutory fee of $2.00 per permit.  

What if my permit is set to expire after 90 days?  Your permit will automatically renew on the 90th day after it was authorized by the Chief.  You only have a maximum of 180 days from the date it was approved to purchase a firearm.  If you permit expires after 180 days it CANNOT be renewed and you MUST reapply through the NJSP FARS Portal.  The only reason your permit will not renew would be if you were involved in an incident or arrested and execution of the permit would be contrary to any of the provisions in N.J.S.A. 2C:58-3

 Governor Murphy recently signed a law requiring "training" to obtain my Firearms ID Card.  What training do I need?

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office and New Jersey Attorney General's Office, along with the New Jersey State Police have stated:  "At the present time, since the Superintendent has not yet approved or defined what would satisfy the new requirement of "Training" for the issuance of a firearms purchaser ID card and permit to purchase a handgun, the NJSP have advised that their position is to process FPICs and Permits to Purchase a Handgun as they did BEFORE the law changed.  We have also been informed that the NJSP and Attorney General's Office are currently working on a program that will satisfy the new training requirement under the law passed on July 5th.  Until we receive additional guidance, we shall follow the existing processes that were in effect prior to July 5th, 2022."